The King Of Limbs review by Radiohead

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  • Released: Feb 18, 2011
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (92 votes)
Radiohead: The King Of Limbs
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Sound — 7
Radiohead manages to keep their distinctive sound while changing things up a bit. The new album is more keyboard oriented than anything. Few guitars are in here, which isn't a bad thing. Massive reverb and catchy drumbeats contribute to Thom's singing. The sound despite being Radiohead's seemed to surprise me. It seems to be like a mix of OK Computer (only to a slight extent) and In_Rainbows. It makes more sense to me that it would be released as a sequel to 'the eraser' a solo album by Thom Yorke. Nevertheless Radiohead has their distinct sound, while changing things up, I was impressed.

Lyrics — 9
Thom's voice remains the same. It fits the vibe very well. This album is more-so laid back and I think his vocals fit in well with the mix. The lyrics really do go with the vibe, I'll admit their not my favorite Radiohead lyrics. But they fit the song, and the whole Radiohead style. Nothing from this album really sticks out, but they aren't bad, just a bit repetitive.

Overall Impression — 8
Don't get me wrong this is a great album for a Radiohead fan. I must say since its been a while since their last album I expected more from an album. But due to the unexpected announcement and release I didn't know what to expect. Overall It's a good album but for a three to four year break for Radiohead I expected a bit more. It's worth the buy, and I highly recommend it.

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    TwistClock
    First time = i listened to it and it felt weak Second time = through i realised i was wrong Third time = THE WATERRSS CLEAR AND INNOCENT WAKE ME UP, WAKE ME UUUPPP
    KoniaX
    This is possibly AOTY material, although I doubt most would view it that way. This album takes a long time to sink in and you really have to devote the time to absorb everything about it, but once you do, you'll find a mature, brilliant album that you can listen to again and again.
    barden1069
    This is definitely a grower, but still a damn good album. I'm hoping for a part two as well, though.
    Root Beer
    I think the only real issue people have with this album is that it's short and thus doesn't justify the 3 1/2 year wait. The music that exists is excellent. If you think this is over than you're wrong...
    Krorp
    definitely more of a "amnesiac" than a "kid a" or "ok computer".
    jimmyled
    guy_tebache wrote: I wouldnt have reviewed this yet. UG had an article the other day about speculation about more releases to come. For many reasons which I couldn't be bothered to go in to right now, I think The King of Limbs is half of an album. I wouldnt be at all surprised if we saw another 8 tracks or so released in the next week or two, calling it a dual release, or "The King of Limbs Part 2" or something similar. If I'm wrong I'll be pissed haha.
    I actually hope they won't do it, building up all this excitement and hope for a second album with all those clues, and then revealing that they were just ****ing with us. Not that I'd mind an extra album, mind you.
    ali.guitarkid7
    klysandral wrote: does anyone else think tkol2 is coming with the newspaper album?
    hopefully, i mean i wouldn't mind an extra 8 tracks or so
    ChaozXxX
    For a moment, I redirect your attention to how terribly written the second review is... LOL On the more important note, I really loved the album but still would like to see another release in the near future as the entirety of the album does seem to feel a little incomplete, unlike any other Radiohead album. Then again, no matter your feelings on the album, who wouldn't want another one?
    jimmyled
    ChaozXxX wrote: For a moment, I redirect your attention to how terribly written the second review is... LOL
    If you mean mine, it's because I tried uploading an earlier, more worked version, and my internet connection failed, so I half-assed a new one.
    gapazian
    an enjoyable album, grows on someone after a while. definitely nowhere near being aoty material though. too many good albums have already come out before tkol.
    guy_tebache
    I wouldnt have reviewed this yet. UG had an article the other day about speculation about more releases to come. For many reasons which I couldn't be bothered to go in to right now, I think The King of Limbs is half of an album. I wouldnt be at all surprised if we saw another 8 tracks or so released in the next week or two, calling it a dual release, or "The King of Limbs Part 2" or something similar. If I'm wrong I'll be pissed haha.
    Echoplex
    I love Radiohead, have every regular album they've released, and really wanted to like this one. It just feels lacking when compared to the others.