Reviews in 200 Words

TKOL RMX 1234567, Radiohead

In Album on December 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

These are revisions in the most complicated and satisfying way. More than extended versions or jam sessions, these are whole new thesis statement revisions: songs you know, but in an entirely different wardrobe. Nineteen interpretations of songs from The King of Limbs, with artists chosen to collaborate. Certainly this album is for the fans–for the ones who already love these tracks, but if you’ve ever really known an artist, you know that they keep messing with their masterpieces long after they declare them finished. Tinkering, re-spacing, adding depth, removing shadow, trying a new color. You will go back to the original version of this album; you’ll find yourself skipping through some of these renditions, but this band embodies the artist that is never finished. Steve Jobs’ now famous line, “Stay hungry, stay foolish,” applies here. This isn’t a new album, obviously, and a lot of times people (even huge fans) are turned off by remix albums (almost as hokey as “best of” albums). But here, it seems more like a project–more like a band letting us inside the brain. This is really just Thom Yorne messing around–but people crave that: the video of him dancing to Lotus Flower went absolutely viral earlier this year. The man is onto something–keep watching.

-Micah Ling

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