Thoughts on "Burn The Witch"
As requested from @Nicholas
- •The most obvious thing to me are the strings.It's like they told Jonny Greenwood to have at it. The strings replace the gritty & ratcheted up guitars of their peak rock stuff (the Bends, Hail to the Thief, Ok Computer, In Rainbow).
- •Many classic Radiohead touches still shine through.The electronic sounding drums. The synth bass in the opening verse. Thom's signature vocals in the chorus.
- •The chorusThe intensity really get cranked up when Colin's bass & the bottom register of the string section come in. Then Thom's whaling intertwines with the driving pizzicatos of the strings.
- •The bass line from the second verse on.Colin Greenwood manages to sneak a funk bass line into the mix. Bootsy Collins & Wilton Felder would admire the flavor on it.
- •The most wild thing about the song: ITS A POP SONG!Radiohead writes a pop song! While it's not a Top40-radio rotator, it's catchy with a good hook. It's brighter than a lot of their entire catalog. They made a pop song with compromising themselves, in fact it manages to bring together so many of their iconic faucets.