Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's debut solo album, "The Eraser," will be released this week via XL Recordings. The set was produced and arranged by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. "Inevi

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's debut solo album, "The Eraser," will be released this week via XL Recordings. The set was produced and arranged by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. "Inevitably it is more beats and electronics, but it [is] songs," Yorke says of the project.

"The elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished and I have been itching to do something like this for ages," he says. "It was fun and quick to do." One track, "Black Swan," run over the end credits of director Richard Linklater's new film, "A Scanner Darkly."

Anyone who found the alien sonic landscapes of "Kid A" a bit overwhelming will feel much more at home with these nine less fussy but primarily electronica-dominated compositions.

There's enough claustrophobic inscrutability ("The Clock," the mumbled "Skip Divided") to link the material to latter-day Radiohead, but standouts like the piano-heavy title song and the groovy "Black Swan" finally begin to hint at the man behind the usually unknowable exterior.