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Old 02-22-2011, 07:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh, and this means they might tour...good news.
... there for sure.
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The fact that you haven't encountered that description of PJ Harvey previously is evidence of how severely undervalued she has been. By "rocker," I mean rocker -- not mere pop singer, soul/r&b diva, or glamorous frontwoman. There have been very few women in rock history who bring to the table everything that PJ Harvey does: produces great music, writes her own songs, plays cool guitar, leads the band, sings impressively, and rocks ferociously. The only close competition in the form of a single woman (rather than a duo or group), IMO, is Chrissie Hynde. Unfortunately for my taste, PJ has become a bit too much of a gothic aesthete in the last five years, but most great rockers eventually cool off.
I love Rid of Me.
One of my fav albums of all time.

Initial listen to the new Radiohead album was underwhelming...sounded too much like Amnesiac IMO. I'll need a few more listens and maybe it'll grow on me.

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I love Rid of Me.
One of my fav albums of all time.
One of the most emotionally and sonically intense rock albums by anyone -- male or female.

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Initial listen to the new Radiohead album was underwhelming...sounded too much like Amnesiac IMO. I'll need a few more listens and maybe it'll grow on me.
By Radiohead standards, The King of Limbs is basically all filler, no killer. By "filler," I don't mean outright junk, but rather understated, pretty but low-energy tracks that in the past would have supported the classic songs on a Radiohead album, not served as the entire album themselves. The album feels like a Thom Yorke solo project that was released under the band's name, but on which the band as a working unit didn't have much to do.
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Ok, I gave the album a listen 3 times over in the car this morning on my way to school.

1st impression: Thought it was good, but nothing really caught my attention. Tracks were sort of low energy, and the music didn't have the typical "grab you" effect. Only like 2 tracks sort of stood out.

2nd impression: After listening to it another 2 times, I actually abandoned my original thoughts and started really liking it. This album uses a much more ambient type of electronica, one that isn't in your face and allows you to be disconnected with the music on a certain level. It takes a certain style from "In Rainbows", but it also covers a new sound that I haven't heard before in other albums. The more I listen to it, the more I pay attention to the underlayer melodies and the richer the music becomes. I listened to "In Rainbows" right after listening to this album, and actually preferred "King of Limbs". One of the biggest downsides of this album however is that it's too short, I think a longer album would have allowed the band to cover the different style more wholly, producing a more rounded album.

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Thanks for commenting. In Rainbows is far from my favorite Radiohead album, but I'd honestly take the track "Bodysnatchers" (or "Jigsaw Falling Into Place") from that record over all of The King of Limbs put together. That's partly a matter of taste, I admit; for me, one great rocker is far better than a handful of decent-to-good ambient-style tracks.

I've listened to my entire Radiohead collection multiple times over the past few days, and it's still the case for me that King of Limbs seems to have some key pieces missing, like Kid A minus "Everything In Its Right Place," "Optimistic," and "Morning Bell."

This may not be relevant to some listeners, but does "Bloom" on King of Limbs remind you of Talking Heads? Every time I hear it, I think, "Remain In Light, side 2, somewhere between 'Seen and Not Seen' and 'The Overload.'"
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Part of the reason why I think I really like it, is because lately I've been totally turned off to alternative and rock because they're such a stagnant genre with people doing the same shit over and over. I think I like King of Limbs since it's a little more ambient and less rocker.
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Kinda bummed about what I'm reading here, I was looking forward to their new CD

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Definitely, they are really good live.
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