Christopher O'Riley

True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead

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It's hard to approach arrangements of Radiohead's music with anything but reservation, since the majority of the band's later work is difficult to replicate, especially on a single instrument. That said, True Love Waits isn't a bad effort, especially if you have liked other reworkings of the band's music. To his credit, O'Riley has chosen a wide range of songs from Radiohead's catalog, forgoing the obvious temptation to select only recognizable hits. Some translate quite well to the solo piano, especially darker and low-key songs like "Bulletproof" and the subtle "Motion Picture Soundtrack." Unfortunately, this isn't always the case; several tunes become frenzied piano workouts that put the focus on O'Riley's skills at the keyboard rather than the songs themselves. True Love Waits is not entirely successful, but also not without redeeming qualities.

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