The reviewers reviewed: Radiohead's The King of Limbs
The quick version of who said what
This article is from 2011.
Once again, Radiohead sprung a surprise on the world by announcing the impending release of latest album, The King of Limbs, just five days in advance. The publishing world scrambled to get reviews out; here's the quick version of who said what.
What we said: ‘By turns awkwardly skittering and straightforwardly melodic … another quiet gem from a band you couldn’t pick apart, and wouldn’t want to.’ The List
What they said: ‘Radiohead’s works reward close and long listening; this dense and knotted eight-track album is no exception.’ The Observer
‘This is not Radiohead’s dance album. It is an album of spaciousness and claustrophobia … at its best it feels fidgety and unstable, at its worst downcast and a bit predictable.’ The Chicago Tribune
‘Listening to it, you’re reminded that Radiohead are the only band of their size and status that seem driven by an impulse to twist their music into different shapes … when it works it’s glorious.’ Guardian
‘The abiding impression is of a cigarette break in the eye of the hurricane, down time from a disaster. If this is what the future sounds like, it is nothing to be afraid of.’ The Telegraph
‘The image of an unfolding lotus flower is probably a good symbol for the album itself: no doubt it will unfurl more of its secrets over time.’ NME