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Radiohead -The King of Limbs (quick hit review)

radiohead king of limbs - Radiohead -The King of Limbs (quick hit review)

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Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Leave it to Radiohead to jump their own release schedule and drop their new album a day early.  The first thing that I noticed was that it is only 8 tracks, bummer but on the other hand I would rather have 8 strong tracks and skip over the filler.  After an initial once over I realized that this album is far from a sharp left turn that we have come to expect from the group and it sounds a little closer to lead singer Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” then it does a formal Radiohead release.  Songs like the second track “Morning Mr. Magpie” and “Little By Little” sound like the skeletal constructs of a full blown Radiohead track but they never quite burst from their comforting little bubble.  They have put together an album that from start to finish, is very chill.  Every song is a fairly straightforward beat/groove and not one song on the album can be considered a rocker.  They all tend to be on the other end of the spectrum not so slow that they are boring, just a slow to slow mid tempo jam with the exception of “Feral” which still sounds very restrained but is much more up tempo.  It sounds less like a band that gave us Kid A and more like a band that has found a nice atmospheric comfort zone.  The great thing about a new Radiohead record is that you know that there are going to be some “grower” tracks that you simply overlook the first few listens, then they hit you like a ton of bricks when you least expect it.  That has already happened to me with the album’s closer “Separator” which in hindsight sounds like the most sonically fulfilling track on the record.  It holds a lot of the same atmospheric qualities as the rest of the record but it also has some of the tragically airy moments that made an album like Ok Computer great.

As to be expected, the album is filled with a ton of electronic bleeps and blips with only the occasional guitar speckled on a few of the tracks.  I would have loved another In Rainbows but I am very satisfied with what they have delivered this time around.  The end product is a very solid outing from a great band.  An album that isn’t a life changer, but is going to sound amazing on vinyl when that version is finally released.  Dust off a good pair of headphones, sit back and enjoy.

Score: 8.5/10

Track list:

  1. Bloom
  2. Morning Mr Magpie
  3. Little By Little
  4. Feral
  5. Lotus Flower
  6. Codex
  7. Give Up The Ghost
  8. Separator

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2 Comments

  • This album has been growing on me. And “Separator” was the first track to really hit me–I think your assessment of it is right on.

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