Every Friday, EW’s music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Radiohead, Alicia Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more.
Radiohead, “Burn the Witch”
In this very-real age of Big Brother, no art-rock band perfectly captures the world’s collective anxiety and dread with such beauty quite like Radiohead. And on their comeback single, the guys are back with one of their most pristine songs ever, powered with little more than pizzicato strings, rumbling drums—and Yorke’s aching falsetto, as ear-worm-y as anything on Top 40 radio. Interestingly, Radiohead reportedly started working on “Burn the Witch” around 2006’s game-changing In Rainbows LP—yet Yorke’s nightmarish tale of persecution feels more relevant than ever now. A –Kevin O’Donnell