Album: Easy Star: All-Stars
Radiodread, EASY STAR
Friday 18 August 2006
Having brought a breath of irie freshness to Pink Floyd's gnarled classic with their splendid Dub Side Of The Moon, the Easy Star All-Stars collective turn their attention towards another prog-rock milestone with this reggaefied version of Radiohead's OK Computer. While it's nowhere near as effective a makeover as the Floyd album, that's at least partly due to the relative paucity of easily adaptable tunes they have to deal with. Other than the sublime "No Surprises" - here given a suitably blissful harmony-trio treatment by The Meditations - overtly hummable melodies are fairly thin on the ground on Radiohead's most overrated album. Which is not to say the project is entirely bereft of pleasing moments. Horace Andy makes a more convincing show than Thom Yorke of being "back to save the universe" on "Airbag", Toots & The Maytals are as irrepressible as ever on "Let Down", and the All-Stars negotiate the various stages of "Paranoid Android" with surprising ease and comfort, bringing an entirely new slant to the song.
DOWNLOAD THIS: 'No Surprises', 'Airbag', 'Let Down'
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