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4 stars After a short climax, Radiohead send to us the interesting "King of the Limbs". The album can be a little disappointing for the people who expect a work in the line of "In Rainbowns", because this time the english band brings their highly experimental sonority with some recycled elements from "Kid A/Amnesiac".

Here, we can listen a elegant blend of modernized krautrock, Miles Davis´ Fusion, minimal music, eletronic interplays (something from Aphex Twin), World Music percussion and more... Always eclipsed by a numb psychedelic atmosphere.

Unfortunately, "King of the Limbs" has some "pop" elements, like the band´s previous works. These dispensable moments can be heard in the "pasty" "Lotus Flower" or in "Seperator".

Besides these little problems, we can listen some really good moments, like in the agressives experiments of "Bloom", with electronic drones, floating vocal lines and splendid contrast between the asynchronous drums and the bass. These instrumental textures are marvelous, sounding a little less introspective than the early moments.

A very positive point: Radiohead looks more resolved and solid in his compositions, without sounds less "paranoid" or schizophrenic.

The CD has too some mellow tracks, like "Codex" (with a strong use of wind instruments) and the fantastic "Give Up the Ghosts", with birds sampling, spectral voices and fluid melody. But, the real highlights are the already mentioned "Bloom", "Little By Little" (that includes even the Brazilin rhythm "Baião") and "Feral", a powerful track with challenging rhythmic.

A good effort, without radical musical innovations (that are seen in "Kid A", for exemple), that should appeal to anyone that seeks for good and modern music. If you want to experience Radiohead, "King of The Limbs" may be a good starting point.

LucasBento | 4/5 |


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