King of Limbs - Reviewed

When Radiohead's new LP King of Limbs was dropped I refreshed my inbox in hopes of my new download code to glance across the screen, click the bright blue link + find crisp new tunes on my hard drive. With that prefaced, I'm a bit of a Radiohead geek. I own all their records. A few b-sides. A few bootleg concerts. I'm sure there's worse, but before you read any further (God help you) you should know that I think Radiohead are one of the most influential bands of my generation. They are one of my most influential bands in music.

And with that I just received my King of Limbs - Newspaper Edition in the mail yesterday.

It reiterates my previous statement.

King of Limbs seemed to greeted with a bit of skepticism + with an overall attitude of "I don't really know what the fuck this is. I guess it's not their best work." + I'll have to admit, that hit me too. There's a bouncy but subtle opener + the sounds? What is that? Is Thom Yorke breathing in background of that track? How many hand claps are there in this song? Is that a frugal-horn? The questions could go on + then you realize that's the point; layer upon layer upon layer of carefully calculated construction. Whereas most musicians, hot shot producers + engineers would throw money to achieve a track that is layered to the point that it almost sounds diluted, Radiohead channel they're resources into "sounds." Like a painter that carefully decides it's more about the instrument than the actual painting + then produces a masterful work that no one has ever seen.

That's what we have with King of Limbs. Radiohead's shortest work + one that I would rank as one of the best records. There are two sides carefully assembled into two different tones yet cohesive from beginning to end. It grows with each listen + that is what (much like Kid-A) makes it so incredible to listen to.

And then there's the newspaper packaging. It's almost as if the band were planning a sequence of events to their LP. Release the sounds, release the images + then release a document so full of process that the listener can't refuse but to listen to the record again. And so goes the cycle. Within it's pages you find images + words that make you realize that music is so powerful that when it is linked with other mediums it can take us to places unfathomable.


You're given all three here + it's complete. Can you tell I'm a fan?

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