English band Radiohead came up with their eighth rock album “The King of Limbs,” produced by Nigel Godrich in 2011. The album consists of songs which are influenced by different techniques. For this album, the band has used a spontaneous approach in recording the songs.
“The King of Limbs” is the shortest album of Radiohead, running just 37 minutes and has received a positive feedback from music critics. There are eight tracks in the album which are free from guitar surge and big-stroke balladry that the band is popular for. Most of the tracks have a ‘beat science’ feel, similar to what the band generated in 2001’s Amnesiac. The songs in “The King of Limbs” have low intensity when compared to the other albums by Radiohead.
The song “Little by Little” gives the effect of pencils knocking the bedsprings. In “Give up the Ghost”, guitarist Jonny Greenwood transforms his guitar to a rhythmic device. One of the best tracks in the album “The Kings of Limbs” is the closing track called “Separator”, which talks of death. It is the best composition of the band in this album, and has a serene feel to it.
Colin Greenwood is at his best with the keyboards and so is Jonny Greenwood with his guitar. The track “I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying”, which talks about an extended dream, is captivating too. In another track called “Took my melody”, you can see Yorke giving the song an aggressive touch.
On the whole, the album is emotional, floating, flirting, falling and blooming. The track “Codex” is another popular favourite among Radiohead’s fans. “Codex” talks about the jump to the unknown giving the classic Radiohead effect. The album showcases variety of styles and can be perceived in different angles. Financially, “The King of Limbs” has been the most successful album for the Radiohead so far.
The album “The King of Limbs” by Radiohead gets a 4 out of 5