Consumer Guide Album
Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs [V2, 1998]
Reluctant to elevate Radiohead into a first cause, I blamed their pompous whisper first on arena-rock, then classical music. But in fact it's something newer: the album that became inevitable as soon as rock and rollers began allowing as how, damn it, they really liked Ennio Morricone. Say hello to--and not for the last time, God help us--soundtrack-rock. Just don't ask me what it's the soundtrack to.