[NEW RELEASES] RadioheadLike revolutionaries Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, who railed against the staid conventions of jazz in the 1950s and ’60s, Thom Yorke and his band of merry pranksters have been deconstructing post-Nirvana rock ’n’ roll in the new century.
At turns transcendent and befuddling with more than a hint of menace under the surface, the new eight-song album is the band’s latest step away from anything traditional - melody, time signatures, hooks, lyric structure, subject matter. At times it’s more collage than album, a mixture of sounds and loops and beats so confusing and enchanting and mysterious, it hits the mind like a crowded bazaar. Leave your preconceived notions at the door, the band announces with opener “Bloom,” a warning shot across the bow of those waiting for Radiohead to return to the arena rock that first brought the band to the attention of the world almost 20 years ago.
Radiohead “The King of Limbs”
Label: TBD Records