Saturday, February 19, 2011

Radiohead's new album, The King of Limbs

My impression on first listen to the new Radiohead album: it's like a watered-down version of a lot of their past work. They've gone on autopilot.

The King of Limbs sounds most like their previous album, In Rainbows, which I wasn't a big fan of either. But at least In Rainbows had 2 standouts: "All I Need" and "Nude." I'm not hearing any standouts on The King of Limbs.

The album is fine, not bad. But Radiohead used to be in the forefront of interesting, challenging new music. They're now just one more band.

Here's "Lotus Flower" from The King of Limbs:


Jason (the commenter) said...

I don't get the video.

I'm guessing it didn't cost much to make.

If someone started dancing like that next to me, I'd move.

Is he trying to be expressive with his limbs to tie in with the title of the album?

Is he trying to be like Charlie Chaplin?

John Althouse Cohen said...

I like the video. How else would you expect Thom Yorke to dance? But I do think he looked a lot better clean-shaven and with short hair.

Jason (the commenter) said...

They've already improved it.

secretseasons said...

I agree about the lack of standout tracks. Also, I think this album sounds very similar to Thom Yorke's solo work. As I listened, I kept thinking... Where is the band? When does the band come in?

Alex said...

It's inevitable. It's called aging. Rock artists make their best work from about 23-35.

John Althouse Cohen said...

Alex, I agree. I've blogged the general point before.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Alex: It's inevitable. It's called aging. Rock artists make their best work from about 23-35.

Sparks has been around since 1970, and their greatest album (in my opinion) was 2008's Exotic Creatures of the Deep.

That same year Elbow (formed in 1990) came out with Seldom Seen Kid, another great album.

And in 2007 Robert Plant released Raising Sand (another stellar album), when he was almost 60.

So decline is not inevitable!