Radiohead has ignited the internet again with the release of King of
Limbs, their 8th studio album. It's on the web today for downloading
ahead of schedule. Just this Monday Radiohead surprised many by
announcing that they would have a new album out. The buzz started
sometime Thursday night when the band released a cryptic text in
Japanese that read "Shibuya Hachiko Friday 6:59," the name of one the
busiest intersections in Tokyo. The tweet was abruptly removed and the
band never materialized in Japan due to security concerns, but they did
release a music video
featuring a spastic Thom Yorke as well as the full-length
album. The first impressions of the album have been decidedly mixed and
they're sure to change with some repeat listens. That said, check out the outlandish analogies the album is inspiring. If this nutty rhetoric is any indicator of overarching artistic worth,
then Of Limbs is surely king.It's like 'a cigarette break in the eye of a hurricane'
says Neil McCormick
at the Telegraph. "Radiohead's 8th album may, in fact, be their most
immediately accessible ... it is easy on the ear, with a mellifluous
melodiousness and gentle sonic palette that doesn't demand huge leaps of
faith. Percussive, groovy, spacious, ethereal and melodic, this is late
night Radiohead, a stoned, somnambulistic wander through the urban
wastelands." Verbiage supply unexhausted, he adds: "Radiohead somehow finds a space between the sinister and
the beautiful, the tense and the meditative."It's actually 'like being lost in a dense forest'... and being an embryo,
writes James Montgomery
at MTV. "Limbs is assuredly the most minor thing Radiohead have ever
done, a dour, insular, downright atmospheric thing that, from the
skittering, jazzy fractals of opening track 'Bloom' to the slowly
decaying guitars and pitter-pat drums of closer 'Separator,' works very
hard at creating a mood ... one that is part amniotic, part pastoral,
yet all washed over in a gauzy, dreamlike haze." Montgomery nevertheless concludes that the "minor album" is still a "major accomplishment," and never clarifies what, precisely, he means by "amniotic."'The light and shade' that had begun to appear in their music has been 'snuffed out'
adds Tim Jonze
at the Guardian, saying that Radiohead, thought of as "musical mavericks operating in the mainstream," has "failed to come up with anything that
might surprise us ... you can still marvel that one of the world's
biggest bands are releasing music totally lacking in commercial
concerns ... But whereas their business model is unusual, there's a
nagging feeling that The King of Limbs is more like business as usual."
It’s more 'like the onomatopoeia of a Heaney poem'
at Swear I'm Not Paul. "In Rainbows grabbed me more on first listen, but I feel that this
album might have a lot more to discover underneath," he writes but the
opening is terrible. "If this song is your first introduction to
Radiohead ... then you might be wondering what all the fuss is about."
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