“What the Hell?” is the first thing that comes to mind after listening to the new Radiohead album. King Of Limbs sounds like a high school kid’s first experience playing around with the loops on the software program Sony Acid.
The first track, “Bloom,” is absolutely horrendous. In fact, the first three songs of the album just sound terrible. Nothing in the songs fits – it’s almost like the drums are on a completely different time signature from the rest of the song. You don’t have to be a musician to understand. Just play it over a speaker, and you’ll be able tell that something is just not right.
It’s hard to believe this is the same band that released OK Computer and The Bends. It’s as if Radiohead sat down, had a meeting and discussed how they could best piss off its fans.
This is probably what they were thinking: “You know what would be great? If we had every instrument play its own part, not in unison. And instead of writing lyrics, we could just hum and whine everything.” To all you hipsters that think this sounds cool: Yes, the album is unique, but it’s because no one would ever think of doing something this dumb.
What’s most surprising about this album is that Radiohead fans actually have the chance to buy it for $50. Radiohead is calling it a newspaper album, filled with pieces of artwork. This album isn’t even worth the digital price of $9, let alone $50.
Although “The Lotus Flower” and the last two songs on the album are actually pretty damn good, those songs alone can’t make up for the monstrosity that is the rest of Limbs.