If you are reading this, I expect one or more of the following things:
a) You’ve heard the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs
b) You’ve heard about the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, but Radiohead is either not your kind of music or you haven’t gotten around to it yet
c) You’re thinking, “Isn’t this a philosophy blog? Why don’t they talk about philosophy?”
d) You’re my parents
Regardless of what category you fall into, last week’s release of Radiohead’s eighth album, again titled The King of Limbs, is an event, worth reflection and comments.
Over the weekend I spent a considerable amount of time with friend and contributer to Playtonic Dialogues Winthrop “Winnie” Rodgers, both waiting for the WAV file to download on his tremendously slow computer and absorbing the album on repeated listens. Surprisingly, some our initial impressions and half-baked thoughts about the content and unique release are now part of the mass opinions surrounding the album. For example, I felt that the album released on Friday is a teaser, offering a snippet but not the fully realized work. To me, the eight songs released on Friday feel less like an album than a side of a record and the physical “newspaper” edition, slated for release on May 9th, may supplement or complete the album. Also, Winnie and I both embraced “Codex” as a stirring, masterful ballad which silenced us at first and is now, if not our favorite track, the most powerful and memorable.
We considered a few different options regarding how to discuss The King of Limbs on PDs. At first I thought it would be insightful to have our team of contributers and some fans write a review of each track. Rolling Stone was on that quick. Now, I’m content to share with you the best critical pieces I’ve read so far about the album and its reception. Below are a couple of links that I believe are worth reading, expanding on important ideas and well-written: