Radiohead
The King of Limbs


4.0
excellent

Review

by ZiggyPop USER (10 Reviews)
February 25th, 2011 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not easy being the world's biggest band.

The public eye leers into your artistic business, waiting in the wings to praise or flame the finished product – or in the case of music websites to inscribe a hopelessly subjective numerical value to it. When the public perception is that you've been consistently genius since 1995, tension and anxiety are never far away.

At least that's the way Radiohead used to seem. They have this documentary Meeting People is Easy, depicting the disconnect imposed on the group (and especially Thom) that came with fame and critical acclaim. The band was tethered to OK Computer like it was their magnum opus – an identity any fan today knows is painfully incomplete.

So then is The King of Limbs comparable to the band's past triumphs? In a word, yes. But this is the case because while maintaining expected quality, the record also stands out as a clear progression. The Radiohead from that documentary has grown to be much more comfortable in their famous skin; the role of alienated loser has been shelved indefinitely.

Putting out another Kid A would be less characteristically Radiohead than their return of the acoustic guitar or building an ambiance that nearly falls into a downtempo take of the Tetris theme song. Both happen here, on “Give Up The Ghost” and “Feral” respectively. Radiohead only move forward, and thus this album's point of reference is much more 2007's In Rainbows than anything else. The drum loop/melodic bass line combo forms their familiar groove at several points on the record; The King of Limbs' “Videotape” is the moving “Codex”.

While being the band's shortest record to date, its eight tracks co-exist in complimentary fashion – covering extensive dynamic and textural ground. Of course there's the argument that Radiohead could *** in a paper bag and we'd eat it up based on brand familiarity (see: the Animal Collective theory for haters), but I'd argue the quality here is undeniable. Thom's falsetto is despondent and beautiful as ever, and as a whole the band still sculpts moments that dig into your soul.

It's unlikely that The King of Limbs will do to Radiohead what Kid A did, but that has less to do with the music than with the fact that it would be hard for the band to become more critically acclaimed. So the question remains, where do you go from the top?

With their eighth LP Radiohead stay firmly where they belong.



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bungy
February 25th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmmm a new radiohead album? Thanks for bringing this to our attention

Kris.
February 25th 2011


12345 Comments


stop with the fucking radiohead reviews fucking christ

ShadowRemains
February 25th 2011


21024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Slum
February 25th 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was an alright review but it didn't talk enough about how the album sounds.

fr33convict
February 25th 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

needz moar reviews

Realm
February 25th 2011


2074 Comments


MOAR

ZiggyPop
February 25th 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's the goal

Uranium
February 25th 2011


7230 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna write a review for this

ZiggyPop
February 25th 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2011


31341 Comments


Review is exceptionally vague

RiversCuomo
February 25th 2011


439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review #16

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011


5018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The band was tethered to OK Computer like it was their magnum opus

like it was their magnum opus? lol
OK computer is probably the magnum opus of the entire genre
btw great to see my review got bumped down for another God forsaken King of Limbs review

ZiggyPop
February 25th 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know, they followed it up with something equally impressive...

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011


5018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know, they followed it up with something equally impressive...

right but Kid A isn't really the same genre as OK

ZiggyPop
February 25th 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that's very true. and also unrelated to OK Computer being their magnum opus

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2011


31341 Comments



So then is The King of Limbs comparable to the band's past triumphs? In a word, yes. But this is the case because it doesn't sound like past records.


Uh, hmmmm......

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011


5018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

decent review btw, doesn't really describe the album's sound too much, but hell we have a review for every hue of the rainbow so who needs another review about how this album sounds, right?

WashboardSuds
February 25th 2011


5018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So then is The King of Limbs comparable to the band's past triumphs? In a word, yes. But this is the case because it doesn't sound like past records.

i don't understand this though thb

ZiggyPop
February 25th 2011


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

noted, edited that bit. I figured talking a lot about how Radiohead sounds wouldn't be the most effective considering everyone already knows that, and other reviews cover that anyway.

crits appreciated, I'm always looking to improve.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 25th 2011


10611 Comments


This is the most popular dubstep album of all time.

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