By - beardlesshipster
The Numbers is a 9
The strings they are divine
I'll listen and drink wine
I'll listen and drink wine
One day at a tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime
One dayyyy at a 9
Studio version 8. Cr-78 version 10.
10, especially the CR-78 version
Yeah I honestly wish they would just do like their whole discography with a CR78 or another live from the basement that would be amazing.
10 favorite bassline of all time
8.5 I always shit myself when the strings kick in
Another good one. We’re getting repetitive but Radiohead songs are all amazing. I love how the strings merge with Colin’s bass, especially in the second half.
8.5 from me.
I loved it as Thom's Silent Spring - I thought with the input from the rest of the band (well, Jonny's strings) that it would become a brooding, restrained, protest song, ready to explode with rage but instead releasing into "one day at a time" .... and it kinda does, but I think the too basic percussion track just kills the tension.
Very enjoyable, but coulda been a contender.
I wish I could be this easily pleased.
The strings kicking in after "one day at a time" is the most effective and surprising use of them on the album. Great song.
6...I appreciate the musical/lyrical ideas behind the song but don't think any of them are particularly well executed. The lyrics are, to me, some of Thom's worst ("and you may throw us away like soup/like we're pretty broken flowers" being some of the most egregious offenders) and Jonny's Gainsbourg-aping string arrangement, while very exciting and cool, sound dare I say almost a bit gimmicky in the context of this rather slack, unfocused piece. The album is dragging a bit after a pretty impeccable first half.
9. This is a comfort song for me when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
The future is inside us. It’s not somewhere else.
One day at a time.
8.5 the core melody is solid but the production lifts this one to a higher level. It's not super inventive or anything but I have a soft spot for this kind Neil Young-esque protest song
9.5. One of my favourite tracks from AMSP. Didn’t realize it was just an average song for most of you!
Probably one of Radiohead's most beautifully arranged songs, those strings are killer. People griping over the lyrics will be end of me, they're fine.
9.5 for me. Very beautiful, just think it's a very well made song.
10. One of my favorites off the album and the best strings Radiohead have ever done
Another 8.5 from me!
10 - Has a trippy opening, a swooning guitar instrumental, and an intense string section what isn’t to love
8, it's a solid song. Love the jazzy vibes and the chorus, and the ending is really nice.
This isn't related to the rating but the only thing I really have to say about this song is that it should have kept the title of "Silent Spring".
9 - Definitely a fun listen!
9. Awesome atmosphere and sound
6.5 ... my least favourite from the album. Its beautiful but uninteresting to me. Please don't downvote
7 - a lot of cool little things going on but pales in comparison to their best work
Never got why this one seemed to be under-appreciated. It has a really nice heavy vibe to it that I think works with the pace to the album, especially when the violin enters and really saves it from becoming repetitive. The reversed laugh effects are also really cool, they’re fun
_And you may pour us away like soup._
6, fairly average but nice enough
8.8 - interesting song that builds up with twinkly piano and effects with intriguing promise, ends up in a comfy groove - not quite elevated status for me. The distorted choir and heavy strings towards the end add interest, overall I think v satisfying to listen to but not quite a 9
I really like the watery piano and the dramatic strings in the 2nd half.
It's far from a bad song but I always felt it's a bit too long for what it is and is the only Radiohead song I can think of where I'm counting the number of lines Thom sings in the verses. The song builds and builds without much release at the end- though this may have been intentional.
I love how dynamic and satisfying this song is. 9.5/10
8. It’s a good song, but it’s in the bottom for me on AMSP. It actually might be my least favorite, which says how great this album is.
This was my favourite AMSP track upon the album’s release. It’s still a good tune but it steadily dropped to the lower part of my rankings.
7, decent but I rarely go back and listen to it
8 I like da strings they’re very good
This song is the one skip on the album for me. 3/10
6 never really loved it tbh
5.5, kind of a snoozer, like most of the back half of this album
It’s such an underrated gem.
10 I love how Thom's vocals and the strings play off of each other
That’s a solid 9 no doubt
9 - the system is a lie
Literally the most straight forward radiohead line in existance
8.5. I don’t geeet this song as much as I do the others on the album. Still great tho
**8.6/10**. Some may call this song cheesy, especially because of its lyricism, but I honestly don't see why. Not every Radiohead song has to be the vaguest thing ever to be good. I like how the song continues to escalate into more complex and uplifting orchestration, which is fitting considering the theme of the song.
4.5. The live version woth thom and jonny is a lot better
7 a bit too repetitive and only really earns a place on the album by the string arrangements on the second half, it is groovy though. just a tad boring
9.5. One of the highlights of AMSP, and I really appreciate the lyrics. I don’t understand how people can find them cringy personally, but to each their own.
Jesus Identikit was so robbed what the fuck 💀 8.6???
It hurts doesn't it??! I knew it was going to be more controversial than the rest but yeesh
6.5 I liked it as Silent Spring, but again on record it doesn’t land for me. Probably my least favourite song on AMSP. Hate to say it but it’s boring. Even the strings do nothing for me.
It's a 10.
The Numbers is a magnum opus and probably in the top 3 songs of all time that I would have loved to see how they recorded it in the studio.
6. A bit cringy if I’m being honest.
Actually perhaps that’s harsh. I just find some of the lyrics aggressively cheesy. The music and melody is great but not quite *amazing*. 6 if I’m feeling negative. 8 if I’m feeling generous.
It’s a 7.
edit: actually no I just looked at the rating criteria. It’s definitely a 6. Maybe even a 5 😂😂😂
It’s amusing how often every song here gets a 10. Radiohead fans are hysterical
It makes this whole exercise kinda pointless. If the lowest song is a 7 something, then it's meaningless.
Might as well normalize the data somehow. Like a 9 becomes a 7, an 8 becomes a 5, and a 7 becomes a 1.
Radiohead fans aren’t exactly known for knowing much other music except Radiohead. Kinda gives people a skewed perspective imo
My thoughts exactly. And I really want to love this song given the importance of it's message, but the lyrics just let it down for me. "The wings of a butterfly," really?
Can't go above a 7 on this one, sadly.
-So what do you rate this song?
5,5 it does not look like anything before but it feels very random for Radiohead
6. Just don’t love the vibe; string arrangements are…off…somehow.
6. I just can’t convince myself that this a great song. They wasted really great production on a mediocre song. Some of the lyrics are cringeworthy
3. Can’t ever remember how it goes. Up there with desert island disc and tinker as being the worst on AMSP. noodling dad rock.
I see the word 'cheesy' a lot for some tracks on this album. I think it's a deliberate choice to lighten the sad mood a bit every now and then. This band always had his cartoonish side, but maybe because this album feels so painful and personal that contrast here feels more harsh, less subtle. I've never had a problem with it, but it certainly is a delicate balance.