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Download The King of Limbs here. Thoughts on the record so far?
Will you buy the new album? see that the dudes say
not really feelin this at all. whats with thom’s little tramp steez?
Great record. The dubstep influence on the first half is choice. Also a pleasant surprise to hear them break the typical Radiohead track ordering scheme they’ve followed since The Bends.
I thought the video brought this song alive. Radiohead songs need to work their way into your soul. Give ‘em a chance.
Whoa.. it’s like The Eraser and Amnesiac had a baby and waited until 2011 to birth it. TKOL has influences of dubstep; it reminds me of Björk’s departure with Homogenic. Very fluid and cohesive, definitely an “album”, but unfortunately nothing POPS out of the sound. There is no “wow!” track in the middle or anything too explosive or exciting. Do I want to say I’m disappointed a tad bit? Of course not, but who am I kidding?
Every album has the “it” song and I just don’t feel like there is one here. I definitely don’t hate or dislike TKOL, but it doesn’t feel like a Radiohead album. I was expecting MORE. After the build up of releases in 2009 (These are my twisted words/Harry Patch/The Hollow Earth/Hearing Damage) I wasn’t going to hype myself too much for it – I refused to let myself get too happy – I’m just shocked. Thom’s vocals have tons of effects, everything just flows together sound wise. I’m not amazed. Maybe I will be with a second listen.
Remember your first listen of In Rainbows? The awe of “All I Need” or the wonderful delight of full-on early period revivalism with “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”? I just didn’t find myself with that FEELING once. And even Amnesiac’s haters can agree – “Knives Out” is one of the finest Radiohead tracks, stuck in the middle of a love it or hate it release. Is “Lotus Flower” supposed to be that track for me? Where are the dynamics?
Time will tell. Time will tell..
@Vinnie.. I slotted it between Kid A and Amnesiac, but The Eraser is a good call. Agree there’s not a signature track on the album. “Little By Little” comes closest for me.
Maybe I just don’t get it, but I’ve given this 3 listens from beginning to end and find it rather boring. To me, it feels like it starts in one place and then never takes me anywhere. Other Radiohead albums seem to come back full circle. This one is a pick-up truck stuck in the mud. It’s wheels spin, but she ain’t goin’ nowhere.
agree that on the first 4-5 listens there is a disappointed feeling…best tracks IMO would have to be lotus flower and codex…b/c they feel like actual songs…the amnesiac / eraser bit is pretty spot on….seems like thom’s in control of this joint….where the f is johnny?
Well, this is a cool glitchy lil dance that Thom is doing.
But after two listens, the album seems like the least inspired Radiohead album since Pablo Honey. Reversed eerie electronic noises are more than a bit less badass in 2k11 than in 1997. A few of the songs develop into a neat groove but go nowhere and are overwhelmed by said tired electronics, bad lyrics, and an increasingly Bono-ish voice.
I predict a 7.6 from p4k
seems like it’s a double EP rather than a fully thought out album. and it definitely feels like thom was in control for most of it. i really wish phil would do more OKC drumming instead of this drum machine sounding shiz.
first listen was disappointed, but it really is a solid 8 songs. i think it’s meant to be heard as the 10in vinyl…. 2 songs at a time.
they still do it best
video = clockwork orange meets “carrot top”
Okay, so this obviously isn’t OK Computer or Kid A, so it’s good to stop expecting an album of that stature. I feel like it’s much more beat-based than any of their previous work, I think someone earlier mentioned a dub-step influence, and I would say that that’s valid. However, Radiohead takes those influenced and does there own thing with it, and you have to admit that it is very unique. If you didn’t know that this album was made by Radiohead, wouldn’t you be very impressed? Exactly.
So, in my opinion, it’s good, really good, but not as great as some of their previous work. I’m still not disappointed though, because this is definitely a stellar addition to Radiohead absolutely legendary discography, and although it doesn’t top the greats, it sits comfortably right beneath them.
And yeah, it was just released today so I’ve only had a few chances to listen to it, maybe after a few more it will become the best thing ever, I don’t really know yet. Either way, I’m satisfied.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t think anyone has the right to be disappointed considering the fact that we’ve only known of the albums existence for 4 days prior to the “release”, so we’re lucky to be hearing anything by them at all. okay I’m done here
I’m praying its a dip – but i can’t help but be disappointed. No its not a terrible album, but it lacks any stand-out tracks. Far too minimalistic and eraser-ish, radiohead used to sweep me away – the crescendo on Nude or the gorgeous melodies of reckoner.
Lotus Flower and Separator are good tracks but codex sounds like a poor man’s pyramid song and the rest doesn’t do too much to inspire me.
Hoping its a grower.
starting to feel the real taste of this. good luck everyone ;P
There were some amazing moments for me, especially the nearly chaotic rhythms of the first song. One of the most annoying things about Radiohead is that they always seem so well put together, always cooly dealing with new material an incorporating it in very tasteful ways. Even the out-of-control orchestra seems well timed and doesn’t overstay its welcome in “The National Anthem”. I thought, after the first few songs that the album would explode. Instead it just got boring. Aside from that, the melodies are very weak and uninteresting. There’s only so many times I can stand to hear that really cool tape echo effect on Thom’s voice.
I’m an acolyte! This is a perfect distillation of everything distinctively Radiohead. I can hear the dubstep and minimal influences on the opener first side. To me, there’s a Godrich inspired, Boards of Canada-esque glitchiness running through the album (in the vein of Amnesiac, maybe Kid A). I’m loving Thom’s spastic groove on Lotus Flower and Separator; collectively it’s probably the grooviest thing they’ve every done. Little By Little is excellent, really takes me back to Hail to the Thief and There There. But what really hits me is the overall warmth and feeling of this album – read somewhere else that the music sounds so “loving” – and I’ve got to agree. Even moreso than In Rainbows. Give up the Ghost made me cry when I heard it the first time, with Thom’s voice loping achingly over those beautiful chords. Not much music affects me like that. But this Radiohead.
@ Connor: completely agree with what you’ve said. as far as “it” songs, Morning Mr. Magpie and Separator do it for me.
ok, im not a professional music reviewer so im not going to say some stupid shit like “Other Radiohead albums seem to come back full circle. This one is a pick-up truck stuck in the mud. It’s wheels spin, but she ain’t goin’ nowhere” or pretentiously spit on the album for it’s lack of great chord progression, because i’d be bullshitting you. all i know is that its great music. i’ll continue wistleing these tunes while ya’ll continue guessing what pitchfork will give it.
<3 thank you
I think it’s safe to say that time will tell whether or not it becomes a bona fide classic or just another amnesiac (still good, but … you know). Maybe they’ll release a more greenwood-ified second half, it feels awfully short. I still think that the last four tracks comprise some of yorke’s best work ever.
you all are hilarious
Confused at all the people saying they’re “disappointed.” Weird. I think the band continues to defy and disrupt expectations. There is so much to love here. And this “where’s Jonny?” stuff is weird because his fingerprints are all over this album. But I gotta say, “just another Amnesiac”??? Come on. Amnesiac is deeper, more thrilling, and more melodic than Kid A, it just came out after it. I think this is a fantastic album and we’re lucky to have it.
Thom’s voice works well on Separator – but the rest of the album is disappointing.
i liked in rainbows a lot and this track is kinda pleasant, too. their older stuff is just depressing me. not saying it’s not quality, but listening to radiohead’s stuff before in rainbows is just making me feel lonely.
New record has some great tracks on it. I’m into it.
Minimalist, yet expressive… it really conveys. But who am I to tell ‘em how brilliant they are, it’s fookin’ RADIOHEAD!
The song itself is amazing.
Uninspired. Dull from beginning to end.
separator has become one of the best songs of all my life
The album is only 8 songs, it’s certainly not their best, but it has some great moments. I first heard this song when I saw Thom play it live last April, and it completely blew me away:
The recorded version probably could’ve benefited from different/more instrumentation, but still a great song.
I love the album…it feels minor, but contains at least 5 songs (Bloom, Lotus Flower, Codex, Give Up The Ghost, Seperator) that rank as high as their classics. It is bound to sound better on cd and vinyl as well. If this we’re someones debut album people would be crazy about it.
Bloom is crazy, oceanic, mesmerizing. Sounds like a more symphonic Broadcast, especially in the bass.
Magpie is slight, and thin and nervy, not bad but done before. Probably the worst track.
Little By Little feels very minor as well, but the silly, shaky beat shows off their sense of humor.
Feral is somewhat interesting, but b-side material. It shows they do know whats going on in electronic music today.
Lotus Flower is a favorite. Its slinky and kind of strangely sexy. The drums have layers Mp3 seems to flatten.
Codex is another beautifully spaced out piano ballad they do so well, but more warm, shimmery and contemplative.
Give Up The Ghost is beautifully hypnotic. Its bittersweet and stripped down quality make it one of their most intimate songs.
Separator is like a breath of fresh air. The drums and guitar plunk in a way that’s both sloppy and mathematical. It contains some of Thom’s more vivid imagery. It’s a refreshingly optimistic not to end on for once.
I hear a lot about the influence of Flying Lotus, who I find boring, but I dont hear it. Nigel Godrich’s fingerprints are all over this one, as the album sounds, especially Lotus Flower, like Beck’s Modern Guilt. Of all electronic artists out there, they sound more influenced by former tourmates Apparat. Overall the length and filler will make this seem like minor Radiohead
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