The mallets bouncing across chimes and xylophones start the track off soothingly, but the tension builds with the addition of martial drumming. These cats bring on the full register of angst and melancholia in Radiohead's multi-sectioned opus without sacrificing a bit of the ear-to-ear grin-inducing attack of live percussion. All told, it's a loyal rendition and a triumphant translation of the original-- and if nothing else, the UMASS Front Percussion Ensemble has created a testament to the power of quality songwriting.
But while we're at it, let's lay the cards on the table: If Atlanta A&M would've pulled out something like this during the BET Southern Classic at the end of Drumline, there'd have been no need for the tie-breaking showdown with Morris Brown. And seriously, having Petey Pablo join in always seemed like cheating. [download] |"