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Radiohead's fearless songs

Radiohead believe their music has improved in recent years because they are more fearless.
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Radiohead want to make "art without fear".

The 'Paranoid Android' hitmakers say their music has changed in recent years because they feel much more comfortable with themselves and hope to continue in the same mindset.

Guitarist Ed O'Brien said: "A lot of where we come from - our education, our upbringing - manifests itself in the shadow of fear. I don't think it served us too badly. It kept us on our toes. It kept us trying to seek new areas artistically.

"The trouble is, as you get older, fear is not a great motivator. If you have fear, you can't relax. Our 2007 album 'In Rainbows' definitely hints at that. The way that album sounded actually goes against the grain of those two years, the gestation period. That was fear-based time.

"But the album didn't turn out that way. And certainly the shows after it hinted at a different way of being. What we're trying to do now is make art without fear. You're relaxing. There is more joy in what you do."

Ed also praised the group's frontman, Thom Yorke, saying his songwriting has improved as he has got older.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "I think he feels incredibly empowered now. He's not an artist with his head in the clouds. He knows there is a very pragmatic side to being an artist. If anything, what's happened in the last ten years is that he's gotten less angry. The lyrics come more from his soul. He works hard at lyrics. But he is more concerned with evoking an emotion. He's good at that."

Posted on 24 Dec 2009 07:30 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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