although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.” i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.
it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete. like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.
there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack. i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them. to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.
with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts. this album needs to be listened to in its entirety. and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.
and just like that, it’s over. 37 minutes. or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so. but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.
“if you think this is over then you’re wrong.”
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p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.