It’s always been Radiohead’s way of doing things. Even when they were travelling through strong guitar rock and creating long-play albums with a substantial amount of music, they were always going against the grain, on their distinctive path. It’s that trail-blazing approach that has always made them far more engrossing, far more innovative and far more rewarding to all of their fans. And building such a diverse discography, with continuing methods in not just marketing but of course, their new dynamic forays into music, has left everyone always stunned and amazed with whatever they create next. The King of Limbs is still, everything you could possibly expect from a Radiohead album made in the 21st century: brilliantly composed with magnificent styles and sounds, the kind of music that demands attention and care, and an album that is, like all other Radiohead albums, essential.
I guess it’s wrong in this day and age to flower something so much; I’m sure all superlatives for Radiohead have been well spent. But it’s interesting to note some of the critics’ knee-jerk reaction to the music on The King of Limbs. Surely the way the album was recorded, in contrast to In Rainbows, had a lasting effect on the album’s overall recording. Eight albums in, with eight songs and just over 37 minutes long, this is Radiohead’s shortest album. Also, the songs on In Rainbows lived with the band prior to being recorded and thus, many of the songs were formed and aligned through their touring schedule. So while both albums are obviously different, they are albums of their respective times. Thom Yorke has always made it well known that going into a studio is one of the least favorites tasks to partake in so we must’ve known we weren’t getting In Rainbows Part Two right? And with all the hints the band drops, I think it’s safe to say that everything always seems to fall into place. – AD