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Estere Kajema
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

The King of Limbs

The King of Limbs

It is not a big secret at all that Radiohead has always been one of my most beloved bands. The first song I played on my acoustic guitar was “No Surprises”, my life soundtrack is the infamous “Creep”. Their sad, heartbreaking tunes are so inspiring, so honest and so logical. I cannot say that I have any specific favourite album, since every single song means so much to me. Their music is so fragile, even though it is rather mainstream nowadays, it is still not music for the masses.

Radiohead was always very well-known for their top-class instrumental music but on 18th Febuary 2011, all of us, music-maniacs, were so shocked by the new Radiohead album called “The King of Limbs”. Unlike any other Radiohead music, “The King of Limbs” involves only electronic tunes. In their eighth studio album, the lyrics are as expected, absolutely incredible, but now there is so much more than that. It is fair to say that many old Radiohead fans still think that the old music was better, but the most faithful of us, including me, are moving forward together with the band.

The music is full of wildness, the well-known soloist of the band Thom Yorke describes “The King of Limbs” as “an expression of physical movement”, and he cannot be more precise. There are not only so many mind-blowing ambient sounds in the new Radiohead music, but there are also natural sounds, such as the sound of the wind, for example.

Radiohead have grown up. They have moved forward from being a music for emotionally disturbed hipsters to being a hymn-releasing independent band. “Rolling Stone” magazine gave “The King of Limbs” 9 stars out of 10, and within the first week, 69,000 copies of the album were sold out, one of which, I have to proudly admit, belongs to me.

It is hard to say which is my favourite song, but right now I have “Codex” playing in my headphones. This song is so powerful, and so important to me, it makes me think of Iceland and winter. In a very short time I will be wearing my skiing costume, lying in the middle of a forest, next to a lake called Apavatn located in central Iceland, looking at the sky, stars and the aurora borealis, and I am sure that “Codex” will be playing on the repeat on my iPod.

This music is serious. It is difficult, it is very deep and sad. The most important thing about “The King of Limbs” is that it is nocturnal music for people who cannot sleep. For thinkers, for dreamers, for lonely and thoughtful ones. I recommend everyone to listen to a song called “Give up the Ghost”, because it is one of the most beautiful songs in the whole universe. You do not have to love it, or immediately run and get an album and play in on a repeat, but give it a try, because it is so worth it. “The King of Limbs” will make you stronger. I promise.

13 February 2012

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