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The King of Limbs

RadioheadAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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Radiohead is Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke.

Radiohead's previous recordings have included 1993's Pablo Honey, 1995's The Bends, 1997's OK Computer (the tour for which was documented by the 1998 film Meeting People Is Easy), 2000's Kid A, 2001's Amnesiac, 2003's Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows, which was ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TBD Records
  • ASIN: B004NSULHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bloom
2. Morning Mr Magpie
3. Little By Little
4. Feral
5. Lotus Flower
6. Codex
7. Give Up The Ghost
8. Separator

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1) Bloom
2) Morning Mr Magpie
3) Little By Little
4) Feral
5) Lotus Flower
6) Codex
7) Give Up The Ghost
8) Separator

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be glad they never conform! April 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Definitely worth the wait!

Whenever I see or hear derisive commentary on Radiohead's latest release it lets me know that all is still well with one of the greatest bands in Rock history. Stravinsky provoked a riot when he premiered The Rite of Spring, in 1913, and we can all be thankful that his monumental work outlasted the collective breath of the naysayers. Be thankful that there are musicians like these today who refuse to conform to an agent, a producer, or even public opinion, as they stay true to themselves and defy all the forces that would work to package their genius into a nice tidy, market-ready box. All the notes were made ready hundreds of years ago, and the lines have been created, worn-out, and recreated time and again. I revel in the fact that this band still has what it takes to shock and stun a world that is largely jaded and programmed to the point of numbness.

So, you say, The King of Limbs is not your Radiohead? (Just like the New Coke wasn't the Old Coke) Well, I hope they will never be anyone's Radiohead.

If this were visual art, I might call it Impressionism, or Post-Impressionism. With those, you don't walk up too close to the canvas, or you'll only see the blobs of paint. Same thing here with KOL. Don't listen too closely at first; you might be turned off! But, give it a chance, and absorb it gradually. It is immensely rich stuff!
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258 of 297 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Yes it is atmospheric. This in no way resembles OK Computer or the Bends or any of their proper "rock" albums - but then Radiohead told us not to expect he same approach after Hail To The Thief. And what is the result of this new phase? I'd say it's better music to paint to than blasting in your car with the windows down (yet I do suggest blasting it loud or with so you can hear all of the subtle shifts and changes - it will kill you with a whisper) Most of these songs are centered around loops like Everything in It's Right Place, and from those initial loops other loops are borne, layers are added, drum loops become live drums, chanting begins and the record indeed ends up sounding both innovative as well as ancient as the King of Limbs' namesake - with different limbs of musical ideas twisting out into different directions. Clearly a bold thrust in a direction that they had only been tinkered with before (except if you don't count Yorke's the Eraser.)

This album feels like the follow up to the Eraser more than In Rainbows. The tracks on this album also has the feel of Radiohead's more interesting B-sides, which usually was the arena where they put their more experimental efforts and let themselves hand loose. In the case of this album, all the tracks feel like honest innovations, like the band is seeking new territory, and so in a way it feels like an album of b-sides which in my book is an excellent thing.

This review was originally written only after a few listens, however, after living with this album for a week here are my *personal* thoughts on the individual tracks;)

Bloom - a sonic welcome mat, with some surprises - the Yes-like synths over-arching like the Northern Lights are a nice effect. These are definitely sounds we've never heard from them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It took two months to form an opinion on this one. April 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Radiohead is my favorite band. Ever. Kid A is my favorite album. Ever. So imagine my surprise that upon first listening to the King of Limbs, my reaction was one of confusion. I was left saying "Huh" instead of "WOW" like I did with In Rainbows. On initial listens, most of the songs sounded the same and the songs themselves just seemed to stay in one place. I thought I was all for Radiohead continuing to change directions and keep mixing things up, but at first I was disappointed with this one.

Today, I can tell you that I am not disappointed with this album and instead, I'm rather fond of it. Perhaps the best thing about Radiohead is how much stuff they have going on in their music. Ever since OK Computer, the band has put in more and more sonic layers, effects and whatever else they could find into their songs. Not to say that they do so randomly or without thought; quite the contrary. All of these things serve the songs and make them better.

I think this is why The King of Limbs was so hard to get into. It is by far the most dense album Radiohead has created. There may only be 8 songs on here, but there's a lot in those songs. At first it can be hard to latch onto something just because it's overwhelming. When I broke all of the elements down and focused, the album made sense.

Even if you don't like The King of Limbs as much as I do, it's more than worth the $6 price tag to check in with the best band working today. Just make sure you give it your time and attention.

EDIT 8/14/12: Bumped to five stars because this is the album I've listened to the most in the last year and a half and I love it more every time I give it a spin.
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67 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to it February 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Got this about six hours ago and its been on repeat since. Can't stop listening to it. It reaches the end and I just have to hear it again. That's got to be a good sign, right? I guess, but on first listen I must say I was disappointed. I was expecting/hoping for some brave new mindblowing direction after nearly four years, something to turn popular music on it's ear, stop me in my tracks. This ain't it. But like most Radiohead records, it is a thing of beauty that grows more beautiful and intricate with each listen.

Like many other reviewers suggest, if you like Kid A onwards Radiohead then you will like this. Eventually. If you are longing for the days of Creep or even Paranoid Android, then you need to back away now before your feelings get hurt. But maybe instead you should decide to trust who Radiohead are now, crack your mind open a little and let them take you somewhere no other band can. Having been listening to this album for six straight hours that's what I would do.

Much as I like it though, I can't give The King of Limbs 5 stars. I believe Radiohead are well capable of producing a mindblowing, stop me in my tracks, rock record and until I get it I'm withholding the 5th star. I guess I'm one of the Paranoid Android crew after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by debaserphoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fun short Radiohead mix that will not disappoint.
Published 12 days ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Mark Hollis / Talk Talk's The Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock albums are must-haves if you enjoyed King of Limbs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the songs?
This is the exact point when I stopped liking these guys. Where's the creative innovation? Where's the melody and soul? Where in gods name are the songs? Read more
Published 3 months ago by soundstudio
5.0 out of 5 stars another good record
The King of Limbs features a style very similar to those of Amnesiac, Kid A, and Hail to the Thief, but with much less instrumental pieces. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW DO DO IT?
FROM STYLE TO STYLE THIS GROUP ADAPTS AND BRINGS TOP SHELF PERFORMANCES TO THE TABLE.THIS 'SOUND' IS DIFFERENT YET HIGH QUALITY ARTISTRY. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ROBERT W MCINTOSH
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame that the product
It's a shame that the item have a scratched song. At the Side B the first song is not ok
Published 5 months ago by Jorge Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Different sound
Once again, Radiohead takes on a different sounds. At first I isn't like the album much besides a few tracks, but the album as a whole really grew on my as time went by.
Published 7 months ago by Kevin Ruane
4.0 out of 5 stars It is not In Rainbows
I do like this album, but it is more electronic than alternative/melodic. It is refreshing to listen to it, a must in your Radiohead collection, however not an In Rainbows one.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Yruegas
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