No Big Hair!

The story I’m about to tell you is one of divergence and convergence. It concerns how two bands in nearly identical situations could set out with nearly identical goals and create radically different albums. It also concerns how two albums with radically different sounds, ideas and emotional tones – Radiohead’s In Rainbows and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – could come to represent, for me and for many others, the exact same thing: beauty, elegance, and the courage to step away from the cutting edge and find splendor, and even novelty, in the banal.

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