Top 10 Albums of 2011 #8

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

The King of Limbs is an interesting album because in most situations it doesn’t work. I sure as hell don’t want to listen to this album at a party, I don’t want to listen to it when I’m doing homework, I don’t want to listen to it at work, I don’t want to listen to it when I’m driving, I don’t really even want to listen to it with just a few friends. The King of Limbs is an album that feels like it was made to be listened to when you’re by yourself. It’s what some people call a headphone record. The songs are so dense that it almost feels like a jangled mess. To me it’s Thom Yorke’s voice and the bass guitar of Colin Greenwood that keep it all together. There’s a lot of debate as to where this album stands in Radiohead’s impressive catalogue and where Radiohead is taking their music, and as long as people are having those debates Radiohead will be relevant. This is hardly Radiohead’s best record, but I will say that the second half of this record is an absolute thing of beauty. This album just kept growing and growing and growing until I realized that this is one of my favorite albums of the year.

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