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Radiohead’s new album fails to impress

By Jackson Santy ’13

KRT STAND ALONE ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO SLUGGED: RADIOHEAD KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUG DURAN/CONTRA COSTA TIMES (September 24) Radiohead's Thom Yorke sings during their performance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, September 23, 2003.

For the last two months, I along with many other people have been anticipating the release of Radiohead’s new album, “King of Limbs.”

But when the album debut finally came along, I was quite unimpressed.

The first thing that deterred me was the amount of songs on the album—there were only eight—most of which were dull post-dubstep songs.

The album’s first track “Bloom” was rather dreadful to listen to; the song consists of synthesized blip bloops and other random sounds.

The next track, “Morning Miss Magpie,” was better, but still unimpressive; the song also uses the same post-dubstep blips and bloops sound.

However, the word that really came to mind for this track was “bland.” There wasn’t anything that made me think “Hey this is a good song.”

Yet, halfway through the album there is a ray of hope. The album’s fifth track, “Lotus Flower” (the album’s headliner) was a more than decent component of the album.

The next five songs gradually get a little better, but none go over a mediocre rating. The album is nowhere near their previous masterpiece “Kid A”.

Luckily, this won’t affect the band’s monumental reputation too drastically. If any other band released something as droll and unoriginal as this, it would be forever mar it’s reputation.

Nevertheless, I have faith in Thom Yorke (the band’s lead). A band with such brilliant reputation is not about to sell out. Redemption is coming, their next album will gleam with such awesomeness, it will make us forget about their current mediocrity.

Because of Radiohead’s enormous street cred, they have permission to experiment with projects such as “King of Limbs.”

Zeppelin did it, The Who did it and the Rolling Stones did it, and they have all safely made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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