These weren't demos, they’d been recorded in proper studios, and he said, 'The sounds aren't good enough.'" In an effort to break the deadlock, Radiohead decided to tour for the first time since 2004; according to Yorke, "We basically had all these half-formed songs, and we just had to get it together.

It's in no way political, or, at least, doesn't feel that way to me. It starts in one place and ends somewhere completely different." The song "Bodysnatchers" is inspired by Victorian ghost stories, the 1972 novel The Stepford Wives and Yorke's feeling of "your physical consciousness trapped without being able to connect fully with anything else." "Jigsaw Falling into Place" is about a set of observations and different experiences, partly of the chaos witnessed by Yorke when he used to go out on the weekend in Oxford.

Yorke said "The lyrics are quite caustic—the idea of 'before you're comatose' or whatever, drinking yourself into oblivion and getting fucked-up to forget ... But there's a much darker side." and regularly put up images in the studio and on the studio computer for the band to interact with and comment on.

In 2012, Rolling Stone placed In Rainbows at number 336 on their updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 2004, after finishing the world tour in support of their sixth studio album Hail to the Thief (2003), Radiohead went on hiatus.

There was still a desire amongst us to make music, but also a realisation that other aspects of our lives were being neglected.

And we’d come to the end of our contract, which gives you a natural point to look back over at what you've achieved as a band." Singer and songwriter Thom Yorke worked on his first solo album, The Eraser (2006), and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood composed his first soundtracks, for Bodysong (2004) and There Will Be Blood (2007).The physical release debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 chart.By October 2008, In Rainbows had sold over three million copies worldwide.One day, Yorke left the studio, returning to find that Godrich and Jonny Greenwood had stripped the song down to the version found on the album, a minimal piano ballad.Yorke has said that the album's lyrics are based on "that anonymous fear thing, sitting in traffic, thinking, 'I'm sure I'm supposed to be doing something else' ... It's much more terrifying." At the same time, Yorke felt "there's very little anger in In Rainbows.It was Radiohead's first release after their recording contract with EMI ended with their previous album Hail to the Thief (2003).