I never download a Radiohead album. I resist the urge when it leaks and reward myself with some sort of great first listen. With Kid A this meant that the first time I heard the album was at an advanced listening party at the Planetarium in Vancouver. It was a friggin LASER show. In other words…an unforgettable way to hear an album by your favourite band for the first time. With Hail to the Thief it meant a late night drive around my hometown blasting the album after picking it up at a midnight release.
Now, Thom Yorke’s album has leaked. Do I follow my Radiohead “no listen” policy? I’m DYING to hear these songs. I’d love to talk about the album with some people I sort of know. But a huge part of me wants to try and regain some of the experiences I seldom have anymore. The feeling of walking into a record store, running to the right section, grabbing the album, ripping apart the plastic, throwing the album on, putting on the headphones, and closing my eyes. I want that. I really do. But the temptation to listen to this now is incredibly strong.
So I put myself if your hands. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT! Should I listen now and bring some joy and excitement at a time when a newish job is wearing me down? Or do I wait until July and experience the album properly?