|Radiohead – The King Of Limbs|
Radiohead albums are always a lot to take in, seeing as though they’re always so meticulously crafted. I don’t think I really “got” In Rainbows until about three or four months after it came out. So forgive me if I get everything completely wrong about Radiohead’s latest release The King Of Limbs.
With the first few tracks you get the idea that Radiohead are a bit more interested in the rhythmic quality of the songs, as “Bloom” and “Mr. Magpie” have this strange schizophrenic sound that’s owed mostly to drummer Phil Selway and bassist Colin Greenwood. As we get deeper into The King Of Limbs, you get more of that same minimalist quality that we saw on In Rainbows, as Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke seem to be quite good at putting just the right amount into their sonic palettes without anything feeling too cluttered or overtly atmospheric.
Unsurprisingly, In Rainbows is the Radiohead release that The King Of Limbs most resembles, but with a song like “Feral” we hear shades of Kid A, while the album’s closer, “Separator” kind of sounds like something from the OK Computer era. So basically what I’m getting at is that Radiohead don’t do a whole lot in the way of breaking new ground, but there’s still a lot of really beautiful stuff throughout the album. And at a mere 37 minutes, The King of Limbs can’t help but feel a little bit slapdash, or at least by Radiohead standards.
When speaking about the Marx Brothers, critic James Agee once said “the worst thing they might ever make would be better than most things I can think of”, and I think that applies to Radiohead as well. The King Of Limbs might not be a gamechanger, or even one of Radiohead’s best albums, but it’s still pretty darn fantastic nonetheless.
Favorite Tracks: “Lotus Flower”, “Give Up The Ghost”, “Separator”
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