Radiohead, The King Of Limbs (2011)
It’s a good album. It’s almost a very good album. Actually, it probably still is a very good album – but it fails to be an amazing album because it is too slight. And though five of the eight songs are great and probably six are very strong, the first couple of songs are nothing special. They’re not terrible; they’re just not a patch on anything else on the album. If they removed one of those songs (my pick would be Morning Mr. Magpie) and called it an EP it would be a very good EP. A brilliant EP. If they had added two more songs to it – maybe even three – so long as the quality was up there with the likes of Lotus Flower and Give Up The Ghost (no mean feat) they would have had a really great record. Or might have had a really great record. But the real story of this album is the packaging and the delivery; the announcement, the way that one of the biggest bands about – with an expectation behind every release – managed to sneak up and just have a completed album ready to offer in a unique way. Again. So I bought the album-package as part of the original pre-order/download deal. You pay the money for the Ltd Edition packaging and it is sent out when the album release takes place – but you get the code for the instant download. I have to say that the actual packaging is a giant let down – especially when compared with the special edition version of the album they offered before this one. That was classy. This is cheap. Nasty, even. But on the plus side, the two 10” EPs makes sense – makes you hear the album as two sets of four-tracks. It means the second 10er is way better than the first. But it’s a better way to experience them. So, long story short, kinda glad I bought the vinyl (in this format). But the packaging was a giant letdown. A major fuck-up even. And the record (the content) is more than okay. But it’s Radiohead. They get a hard time these days from some people because they do have fans that are just a bit fucking mongy and over the top.
[Full album here if you want to have a hoon on it all]
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