King of Limbs

King of Limbs

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by Radiohead
     
 

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After a brief return to earth to deliver the tart, focused In Rainbows, Radiohead drift back into the ether with The King of Limbs. Like In Rainbows before it, the actuality of The King of Limbs is purposefully somewhat obscured by the hullabaloo surrounding the album's surpriseSee more details below

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After a brief return to earth to deliver the tart, focused In Rainbows, Radiohead drift back into the ether with The King of Limbs. Like In Rainbows before it, the actuality of The King of Limbs is purposefully somewhat obscured by the hullabaloo surrounding the album's surprise release -- announced for a Saturday release on a Monday, shifted to a Friday -- and in the case of KOL, such clamor is needed. Wispy and ephemeral, shimmering skin draped over the barest of bones, The King of Limbs doesn't deliberately lack a solid foundation, songwriting traded for sound construction. Masters of mood that they are, Radiohead digitally weave stuttering, glitchy loops of drums and guitars with real instruments, Thom Yorke's mournful moan and keening falsetto acting as a binding agent, creating an alluringly dour atmosphere. Despite a pair of intellectually funky moments -- "Morning Mr. Magpie" and "Little by Little," grouped together at the beginning, giving the album a slight hint of momentum that quickly fades -- this is rather monochromatic and not too far removed from the territory Radiohead began etching out with Kid A. Where that icy 2000 effort had the bracing chill of the new, The King of Limbs is familiar -- not commonplace, but carrying a certain inevitability as its eight songs slowly unspool. There are no surprises in the floating textures, no delight in the details, no astonishment in how the band navigates intricate turns: this is the sound of Radiohead doing what they do, doing it very well, doing it without flash or pretension, gently easing from the role of pioneers to craftsmen.

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Washington Post - Chris Richards
With "The King of Limbs," the band displays such confidence and grace in its digital-age fussiness, its hard to take your earbuds out after one listen. It all just sounds too luscious. It's not a thriller, but it's an album worth exploring and re-exploring - until the next one drops out of the sky.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dan DeLuca
With the eight-song, low-key, melancholy The King of Limbs, Radiohead has startled its legions of followers again.
The Guardian - Kitty Empire
Radiohead's works reward close and long listening; this dense and knotted eight-track album is no exception.
Daily Telegraph - Neil McCormick
If Radiohead are still a rock band, then no one has told them. This is something else entirely. The sound of the future calling.
MTV.com - Big James Montgomery
Though it's a minor album, The King of Limbs is still a major accomplishment — evoking emotions that powerful and primal isn't exactly easy to do.
ABC News - Allan Raible
No time is wasted. It’s all top-notch. Longtime fans have come to expect nothing less. Here’s a band that are always on top of their game and have never released anything even remotely sub-par. "The King Of Limbs" is no different. It continues the trend, no doubt finding its place as one of the best albums we are likely to hear this year.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Tbd Records
UPC:
0827565057665
catalogNumber:
5766
Rank:
2034

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