Since I don't like Radiohead very much, I think we can pretty safely say that without the "name your own price" gimmick I wouldn't have bought In Rainbows. But given the gimmick I did buy it and I . . . still think they're "okay" at best. Which would be fine, except they have this legion of super-devoted fans who sometimes make me want to stake out bolder "Radiohead Sucks!" kind of claims. But that would be wrong, it's not Radiohead's fault that Radiohead's fan-base is too rabid, and we all owe them a debt for expanding the frontiers of digital music distribution.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.