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In typical Radiohead style this album avoids all the usual `remix' clichés & heads off boldly down it's own path.
There are no shrinking violets here as every track is given a big makeover and all are presented loud and proud.
To be honest not everything works but with such a lengthy selection to choose from you are bound to find a few that appeal. I have never been much of a fan of drum & bass and those tracks that are re-worked heavily in a D & B style don't convince me to change my opinion. However there are a generous amount of mixes here that really do show an understanding of the Radiohead style and manage to add a unique approach that surprises the listener.
A sound reminiscent of BOC & Stars of the lid with a Solar Fields vibe is to the fore amongst the first half of the album and makes for a laidback and chilled atmosphere that always seems to have something unexpected lurking to catch you unawares. This is particularly the case if listening on headphones.
Some tracks that stand out to me are the Caribou remix of 'little by little', a looped beat is suddenly completely overrun by beautiful harp track & sampled vocals that drift in & out of the track. 'Morning Mr magpie' Nathan Fake remix remixes the vocals & Thom ends up sounding like Perry Farrell with Stars of the lid like loops.
The Blawan remix of 'Bloom' is potty with a thumping groove & stereo effects buzzing left & right. Not sure if I love it or hate it but it's impossible to ignore & pretty much sums up the whole album.
I have been listening at night on my i-pod with the lights out and the opening half really works as far as I'm concerned with a great showcase for some top notch programming and mixing.
As the album moves into the second half my interest wanes a bit as I think too many tracks begin to sound the same while others are, frankly, a bit of a tuneless mess. Radiohead may be happy enough to aim for the weird but they are never tuneless and I can't help feeling some of the later remix artists have missed this point.
The occasional track has some recording quality issues too.
In the end there are certainly more than enough decent tracks here to make this worthwhile as far as I'm concerned but then I am a fan. For those who are not too sure or who have not listened to anything but Radiohead's singles then I would have to say that this is not the place to start as it won't give you much of an idea what they are about.
For fans this may well be worth a try just be prepared not to like it all. Variety keeps this fresh though and means it should have a lengthy stay on your playlist.
It isn't a substitute for a genuine new album but it'll do while we wait.
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on 21 December 2015
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on 17 October 2011
It's fair to say that 'The King Of Limbs' was recieved with little more than muted praise, something along the lines of "Another Radiohead LP of - interesting - experimentation." Which is a shame as 'TKOL' contained some of the most beautiful music Radiohead have ever released. The previous release, 'In Rainbows', saw them embracing melody, simplicity and emotion in a great leap forward from 'Hail To The Thief's' slightly overwhelming screed of protest, bile and musical grit and with 'TKOL' they have completed the journey with exqusite songs such as 'Give Up The Ghost', 'Codex' and 'Lotus Flower'.

With 'TKOL RMX 1234567' they've handed those 37 delicate minutes of music over to a host of remixers and let them do their thing and in a move similar to the way 'Live Recordings' reflected different aspects of 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac', here elements of 'The King Of Limbs' are removed expanded, polished, spun and re-ordered to create something entirely new but wholly satisfying.

At a little under three times the original LPs running time, there's considerably more to get your teeth into and many of the remixes are far more full bodied than the original tracks on 'The King Of Limbs'. Interesting.

The good news is that it works brilliantly, with the remixers managing to keep the emotional essence of each of the original tracks intact whilst making them entirely new.

Radiohead must be thrilled; I know I am.
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on 10 June 2016
Could have been better.
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on 13 February 2016
Radiohead fans just have to have it
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on 15 November 2011
having already got every radiohead cd ever made, this was a compulsory purchase, it certainly put a different slant on some of the tracks, but it's a cd to listen to when you have time to hear it properly, preferably through a good set of headphones
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on 4 July 2017
mince, mince, mince, re-minced
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on 2 March 2012
If you enjoy the modern sounding Technical and complex sides to experimental music, then you will absolutely love this Remix album. This Album represents evolutionary experimentation of where Thom Yorke is at right now.

The depth of musical knowledge and open minded abilities of Thom Yorke, is truly ore inspiring to any like minded music fanatic...

Although it has to be said that the style has moved on from the original days of Radiohead. I can only see this as a positive step forward, as they clearly display the sign of the times in how they perceive and appreciate all kinds of music. Exploring the depths and spectrum of Technical Electronica.

All in all an exceptional move forward in modern music....
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on 9 March 2013
Oh hell, why do Radiohead allow talentless "remixers" to completely wreck their incredible music? It's like giving gravel to a master baker and asking them to make quality bread...

'scuse me while I spit the grit out and get my teeth mended.
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on 8 December 2011
Radiohead are as they say like Marmite. You either love 'em or hate 'em. As one firmly in the love 'em camp, TKOL Rmx is like Marmite with even more Marmite. First listen my reaction was 'this is a step too far' with disk 1 challenging and the second unfathomable. I know one fan who sold it after one play but as with many Radiohead albums TKOL Rmx gets under the skin after a while and reveals some great tracks. A month or so down the tracks I would now say that disc 1 is for the most part interesting with one or two tracks rivaling if not surpassing the originals. However disc 2 is still largely bonkers and one for the most ardent of fans only. All in all, not the best Radiohead album by far but worth having in your collection if you are prepared to give it a few listens. Marmite on the other hand, well that's a different proposition altogether!
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