Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

Black Vinyl LP Record, Repress

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The King Of Limbs is the eighth studio album by British progressive rock band Radiohead, originally released in February 2011 via XL Recordings.

The King Of Limbs (KOL) defies the sort of grand expectations Radiohead tend to invite. At eight tracks in just 37 minutes, it's the band's shortest album. KOL is also almost totally free of the elegant guitar surge or big-stroke balladry that give Radiohead records their scope and heft.

Many tracks recall the obtuse beat science they cooked up on 2001's Amnesiac and 2003's Hail To The Thief. But even those records had a few driving, granular rockers. KOL keeps the intensity at a low boil, working the body as it follows strange logic down alleys it has no interest in coming out of — the drum circle on "Little By Little" sounds like pencils banging on bedsprings; on "Give Up The Ghost", Jonny Greenwood turns his acoustic guitar into a rhythm instrument, banging its frame as strips of Yorke's frayed falsetto get layered over each other like a hog pile of ghosts.

At times, there's a surprising contentedness in this kinky escape. KOL’s closing track, "Separator", seems to be about death (can't disappear any more completely than that), but it's as serenely gorgeous as anything the band has ever done. A clipped, crisp boogie and soft bass pokes from Colin Greenwood set the table for gloaming keyboards and Jonny Greenwood's watery, inverted guitar figure. Yorke croons about being sucked into the world after a long dream.

Elsewhere, the view from Yorke's funky space station is much darker, even brutal. On "Morning Mr. Magpie", Philip Selway twists the beats into angry pretzels, like the Meters gone post-punk, as white noise hisses below.

The album's most striking moment might be "Codex", it truly strikes the listener dumb. It’s a piece of rarefied beauty. Thom says something about dragonflies, something else about nobody getting hurt; the words blur and blend, though, as beneath them the simplest, most strikingly gorgeous piano motif bores its way into the heart.

Radiohead have never, certainly not since the breakthrough days of “Creep”, been a band for the people. They’re too idiosyncratic for that, and even though there are moments aplenty here that suggest the band hasn’t furthered their vision, subtle differences to a tested formula ensure The King Of Limbs is another great album from Britain’s most consistently brilliant band. And come Codex,

The King of Limbs is familiar. There are no surprises in the floating textures, no delight in the details, no astonishment in how the band navigates intricate turns: this is the sound of Radiohead doing what they do, doing it very well, doing it without flash or pretension, gently easing from the role of pioneers to craftsmen.

This LP record is a 2016 repress on black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in Europe via XL Recordings.

(13036)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Bloom

5:15

A2

Morning Mr. Magpie

4:41

A3

Little By Little

4:27

A4

Feral

3:13

B1

Lotus Flower

5:01

B2

Codex

4:47

B3

Give Up The Ghost

4:50

B4

Separator

5:20

SKU 13036
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number XLLP787
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 18 February 2011
Barcode # 827565057672
Shipping Weight 0.2400kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Repress
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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