Album Review: Radiohead – ‘The King of Limbs’

It’s been just over a month and the dust has finally settled since Radiohead released ‘The King of Limbs’ a day earlier than expected on 18th February. Following a week long enigmatic internet campaign, involving a Japanese tweet and a surprise waiting on Friday morning for those who had pre-ordered the album, Radiohead’s 8th album finally arrived. The album sees the band return to the ‘Kid A’ sessions era of their career and is a rhythmically driven electronic album, all of which sounds great on paper.

Hoards of fans, myself among them, have been quite disappointed by the new album and find it to be Radiohead at their most mundane. This album has echoes of Flying Lotus’ ‘Cosmogramma’ and Burial’s ‘Untrue’, but more importantly this album finds Radiohead taking influence from their contemporaries, when ordinarily it’s the other way round. Perhaps the reason for disappointment is that the album is essentially a genre piece; Radiohead have released a bog-standard electronic album that doesn’t try to be anything but that. The album isn’t bad, and in comparison to a lot of music at the moment ‘The King of Limbs’ is a cut above, but when compared (and it inevitably will be) to their previous albums, it falls unfortunately short.

Rumours continue to mount about whether a second album will be unveiled imminently; “£30 for an 8 tracked, 37 minute long album?” and “Why does the digital receipt say TKOL1? Could it mean The King of Limbs 1?” are but a few of the questions circulating around blogs. All of which makes me think that the fans are desperately hoping Radiohead – a band renowned for never stagnating – haven’t reached their artistic peak with ‘The King of Limbs’.


Ben James



5 Comments on this post.
  • Lucyfur
    15 March 2011 at 22:59
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    Check out to stream their entire album..

  • Cooper
    16 March 2011 at 05:16
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    That’s hardly a reveiw at all! You just compared it to everything else and stated some facts like some high school newspaper review of a resturant!

  • spaffman
    16 March 2011 at 10:29
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    I hate it when reviewers rate things out of 5, its very amateur. Anyway, strange you say all of this as most Radiohead fans are loving the album now. At first it was strange and unexpected but as with any good album, after a few listens you start to get it. Something tells me Ben that you havn’t sat down and really listened to the album and its textures. Obviously, its not Radiohead’s best album since they have made at least 4 masterpieces but compared to current music as a whole it is a fantastic piece of music and bloom and codex are up there with their best tracks. Nigel Godrich once again proves he is the best producer on the planet. I guess that is why everyone wants to work with him. If you want an amateurish rating out of 5 it is closer to 4.

    • ajxda
      19 March 2011 at 10:43
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      very good post spaffman.


  • Stephanie Soh
    19 March 2011 at 05:38
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    it’s a gorgeous album though maybe not groundbreaking, like in rainbows continued…

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