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Crumbs from their table,
This review is from: The King of Limbs (Audio CD)
Having already been responsible for 3 undisputed heavyweight masterpiece's of contemporary music in the bends, OK computer, and In Rainbows (and some would say Kid A, but not in my personal opinion), Radiohead are always going to be burdened by the weight of great expectation. Such is their repertoire of genre and era defining tracks that the scrutiny afforded to their work is almost unfair, they are expected to push back the boundaries of music each and everytime the go into the studio. Albums such as Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief that would have been considered career defining records had they been the work of many other bands were seen as falling well short of the radiohead mark by most critics. The flipside to this is that some of their work is grossly overrated- precisely because it is by them (yes kid A, I'm looking at you). So it is always difficult to judge from reviews and critiques of their albums exactly what to expect....
In my opinion, and that is all it is, this is their weakest album to date. If you are going to make a body of work with a running time of well below the forty minute mark, then you really have to cut out the chaff. This album bleeps and blinks its way to nowhere with only the superb Lotus Flower offering any sort of quality reconcilable with their better work. Yes Codex and to a lesser extent Give up the Ghost are likeable enough, but is this really the best stuff they've compiled in the last 4 years? The guitarists are criminally under used, barely present at all. The off-kilter rythmns of opener Bloom is like listening to a broken tumble dryer and a fire alarm going off simultaneously. Feral isn't much better, and the tracks in between are just unmemorable mediocrity at best. The second half of the album is an improvement but not significantly. We all know what an incredible band they are at best, and they certainly know how to make a great album, arguably only the beatles have recorded more "seminal" albums. So surely they by the same token must realise that this is a lacklustre effort?
So then, 2 stars. Unfair? Exaggeratting the point to make it? I don't think so. Had they again employed the "honesty box" payment policy for this album i reckon about 3 of your english pounds would be about right. Disappointing.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2011 18:12:07 BDT
DJ Ransom says:
Only The Beatles recorded more seminal albums? Atom Heart Mother, Medel, Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut were all recorded by Pink Floyd. And many critics would also include The Piper at The Gates of Dawn.
By the way, I think all Floyd fans should be Radiohead fans, and vice versa.
But I agree Kid A was their worse album. Can't ever make out what everyone has against Hail To The Thief!? It's my third favourite after OK Computer and The Bends.
King of Limbs gets better with every listen. First listen: 2 stars; now: 4 stars.
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