The Eraser, Thom Yorke's first album away from Radiohead, is intensely focused and steady. It doesn't have the dynamics -- the shifts of mood, tempo, volume -- held by any Radiohead album, and it's predominantly electronic, so it's bound to rankle many of the fans who thought Kid A was too unhinged from rock & roll. It's definitely not the kind of album you put on to get an instant shot of energy, and at the same time, it doesn't contain anything as sullen as "How to Disappear Completely." Since it is so balanced, it might initially seem unwavering, but the details that differentiate the songs become increasingly apparent with each successive listen.
Thom Yorke is not a man given to playing against type. His debut solo album arrived with all the glamour, joie de vivre and zany humour that have long been his trademark. Those who thought he might launch The Eraser by jetting from London to New York to play two attention-grabbing shows in a day or hosting a sumptuous buffet luncheon featuring specially designed cocktails by Dick Bradsell and cabaret from Four Poofs and a Piano had underestimated the Radiohead frontman's legendary bonhomie.