Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Anima,’ an album/short film combo, is a ‘nightmare,’ or a ‘dream,’ or both maybe?

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his third solo album “Anima” on June 27, but he didn’t release it alone. It was accompanied by a Netflix short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The 15-minute film — really an extended music video — features three songs from the album: “Not the News,” “Traffic” and “Dawn Chorus.” It follows Yorke as a train commuter in search of a woman (his real-life partner Dajana Roncione) through a strange, dream-like landscape. Indeed, dream-like is how a lot of critics are describing the album. Or nightmarish. Or both.

As of this writing the album has a MetaCritic score of 85 based on eight reviews counted so far — all of them positive. Reviewers say it’s haunted by “dreams, nightmares and sleepwalking,” “an artfully produced fever dream of an album” on which Yorke sounds “anxious, helpless, enraged.” “Anima” contains “little hope,” but its “the darkest and tenderest music he has released outside of Radiohead.
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