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The King of Limbs
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
All I have to say is it sounds like a Radiohead album. At first your not sure what to think, and then after a short period, any doubts you may have had disappear and you realize that once again you love the entire album. Doesn't matter if the song is slow or fast, you know its a Radiohead song. I don't care if it sounds like one of their other albums, I'm just glad they keep creating new ones.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I was initially underwhelmed by this album, but have come to love it as much as some of their prior work. It is hauntingly beautiful.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
I'm sorry this is just terrible. This is nothing like their other stuff. There are only 2 songs that are even worth a mention, Lotus Flower and Give Up The Ghost. it is the only 2 that are even semi similar to Kid A or OK Computer. This album is mainly just them making random noises and lots of computer generated sounds.Radiohead is one of my favorite bands but they have disappointed me. If you like their other stuff you will not like this. Sorry Radiohead.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
Good group, good record, but more on the electronic side. Ended up only putting 3 of the songs on my I-pod, the rest was just too much for me.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2011
As the headline proclaims, This was my first Radiohead album

For some reason, when I listen to previews of albums on music services, I hate them immedietly. But then I think, 'hey I'll just go back, and listen to it again, just to be sure I don't want it.' Such was the case with King Of Limbs. However, as soon as I bought it, the tracks that I like were immedietly apparant. I'll list them
Feral
Lotus Flower
Codex (favorite of the album. I bought the sheet music, actually)
Give up the ghost

I also will listen to: Morning Mr Magpie, and Little By Little, though they're not amazing tracks.

I can't decide how to rate this. On the one hand, I like half the songs on the album (8 tracks long, for those of you who aren't so gifted with adding and subtracting), and will tolerate another two, but on the other hand, this is not an easily accessible album. I have no idea why I started my Radiohead collection with this work, and I seriously think that it almost dettered me from coming back. But come back I did, and recommend this album I will. Though not for newcomers. For you, I suggest The Bends, or maybe Hail To The Thief (one of my favorites)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
Radiohead has been one those "hit or miss" bands for a long time. But I give them credit for trying something new, not worrying about being popular. Consequently, there is an album like "King of Limbs".

In my opinion, this is the best album that Radiohead has put together in a long time. My favorite: Lotus Flower. I love the way the music lingers in a room, flowing in and out. Most of the songs are like this. I agree that this CD is not for everyone, but it shouldn't be for a mass audience. It seems like it was designed for small groups.

King of Limbs is worth your time and money..
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
This is a fabulous album. If you have a record player, buy it on vinyl. Not only does it sound great on vinyl, but the digital download which comes with it is the best sounding mp3 codec I've ever heard.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2011
The new Radiohead album is unfortunately a disappointment. The first track starts with promise, but quickly dives into the electronic atmosphere that remains for most of the album.
I found myself trying to force myself to like King of Limbs.
I shouldn't have to do that. There isn't a particularly memorable song on the record.
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20 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
Radiohead has been one of my favorite bands for years. Got into them when i first heard the Bends. It's been quite a ride since. Great albums, great music by a band always exploring new frontiers with incredible craftsmanship. I listen to these great albums The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, Hail to the Thief, and In Rainbows on a more or less constant basis. My favorite album? All of those five albums are co equals, in my mind, as it changes from month to month. Amnesiac, to me, is an uneven, patchy album with a mixture of some great songs along with filler. It's one that I do not play nearly as often. So I really enjoy Radiohead's music, seen them in concert three times, even bought all their special editions to the albums just mentioned.

Hearing they were releasing a new album ,The King of Limbs, after their last masterpiece In Rainbows, it was a special event for me. What new masterpiece; what new direction would this fantastic band go into? Bought, downloaded the album with great expectations and listened waiting for that special Radiohead magic to take hold of me & you know what? Nothing ever happened. Kid A was an album that I couldn't quite get into at first; in fact, most of Radiohead's music takes more than a few listens. Their music has a lot of depth of musical textures. However, Kid A eventually revealed itself to be a masterpiece; one that I've become addicted to over the years. The King of Limbs just wasn't doing anything for me. My wife, also a Radiohead fan, was equally puzzled by The King of Limbs. After many listens (about 30), we both decided we simply didn't like it. A very first for both of us. it's an atmospheric album which, quite frankly, bores us. There's nothing for us "to get". There's no meat, substance to this music. This is Radiohead on autopilot; an album they could have made in their sleep. There doesn't seem to be any emotion, songwriting here. It's a sleepy, lifeless album. The King of Limbs is just not for us. We still have their masterpieces & we are both hoping (praying) for something better next time around.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
TKOL is not so different from the last four Radiohead records: Deliberately eschewing the more pop-friendly groove sound they had back when they wanted to be popular for personal exploration. Some of the results are really good, but the rest sounds rather pretentious, even though I think the music really is the earnest result of their creative efforts.

Judging from the Basement videos, what's most surprising is that the effects (drum machines, synthesizer, processing and what sound like guitar loops) are actually played live in the studio! One of the drummers physically plays a drum machine, rather than programming it, and sometimes the old-school percussion is used as the trigger for other sounds. Echoes and other processing are added in real-time during the performance, rather than aftertwards, in the mixdown. But the end result on the studio release just sounds like the same old programmed shtick, which is unfortunate. I understand that they are studio wizards, but why not just use the natural sounds of the instruments? Or use computers and give most of the band the day off. I'm not hearing the advantage of human musicians here.
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