Radiohead – The King of Limbs
(Someone asked to me what I really thought of this album, and since I’m writing again….figured I’d give a review)
Ok. Everyone’s exhaled. Everyone’s had a take on the album.
I try my very best to only compare albums in terms of absolute quality, not so much on nostalgia, and where I was when I heard Album X. Just to be straight forward, it’s a very good record, in my estimation. Is it OK Computer? No. Kid A? No. It’s sort of Kid A/Amnesiac-ish…and probably leaning more toward Yorke’s The Eraser. That being said, I think the abruptness of the release and the relative ambition with other Radiohead/Yorke releases, we expected to be blown away. I certainly did.
This goes into another arena I was hoping I didn’t have to venture into. It’s the real question: Has Radiohead blown its load creatively? With every record they’ve released, it was a brand new experience, a marker into something, a landmark event.
This is the first album in the band’s run that screams, “You know what? I think this will do.”
I left that sentence alone, because I think that’s really the sentiment people are feeling. It’s not grand or epic, or groundbreaking, ambitious, or anything like that. It’s just a pretty good record.
We expect them to piss absolute greatness with every album; and for a while, great bands do. Maybe that time has come and gone for them, and they will turn into proggy/techie U2. I hope that isn’t the case.
Now for the positive – it’s still a dope record. I love the bounce it has on a few of the songs, like “Little By Little”, “Bloom”, and a few others. There are a lot of samples, seemingly of themselves playing – which could be bothersome if you really need changes between choruses The other spector is that there may be some sort of second part/edition of the album. And of course, there is the “Newspaper Album”, which you know I copped with the utmost immediacy. I sometimes wonder if there really will be a bit more than meets the eye, with this album.
Grade: (as a normal standalone release) A-. As a Radiohead release, I’m not going to grade it….but it’s probably one that’s down the list.