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The King of Limbs

Radiohead

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As the most beloved art-rock band in the world, Radiohead are always looking for ways to warp their sound beyond the breaking point. Here, singer Thom Yorke is still in the mode of his solo album, The Eraser. As he sings in a beautifully stationary position, the group works around him, beginning slightly ahead of him with “Bloom”, a repetitive tone poem whose two piano notes play like a warning siren as the band finds new landscapes to paint. What constitutes the first “side” of this album is agitated and striking, a push and pull of subtle and overt proportions. “Morning Mr. Magpie” works out a measured funk and “Feral” dances around itself. “Side Two” begins the slowdown. “Lotus Flower” still has a few galvanizing moments, but “Codex” is a piano ballad of pure, tranquil bliss. “Give Up the Ghost” is a haunted, funhouse mirror version of the blues. “Separator” is a perfect ending, a piece of swelling pop where Yorke and group work together in peculiar harmony.

Customer Reviews

Sublime

This album will always be criticised for lacking hits or standout tunes, but the fact is that Radiohead continue to work outside the brackets of the alternative genre, and are still producing magnificent work. The last 3 tracks in succession are the best Radiohead have done for 10 years

Incredible...

had this for about a month now, at first listen doesnt seem to give as much as in rainbows, but keep listening and its just as deep and touching, Radiohead continue to amaze me with every release

How to disappear completely up your own...

Codex is a nice little song. The rest of it is very self indulgent a la Eraser, the Thom Yorke solo album. The songs plod along , with Thom appearing to be struggling with grade 2 piano and to sing an intelligble lyric. The sometime interesting drum loops, A1 production and muso noodlings of the rest of the band try and fail to disguise that this is an ill thought out mess. In many ways these are anti-songs. The refusal to engage melody makes this a durge like listening experience. One of those albums that many will own, but few will ever listen to. How long will Radiohead fans keep indulging the band on the strength that the Bends and Ok Computer were good ? I spent 99p on Codex, and that's your lot lads!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Radiohead were one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to draw heavily from the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums. But the band internalized that epic sweep, turning it inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation. Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture — borrowing as much from My Bloody Valentine and Pink Floyd as R.E.M. and Pixies — instead of virtuosity....
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