The Dark Side of Oz of our time? Can’t believe I only just found it. Works eerily well already and I’m only up to Paranoid Android.
That said, Radiohead are one of those bands to whom we’re all too eager to attach a sort of mystical, metaphysical genius. Of course OK Computer - one of the most universally acclaimed albums ever - was actually conceived as a half-album, waiting to be made whole by being interspersed with its uneasy twin a decade later! Everybody else go home, Radiohead win at music!
Maybe this means we’ll get the other half of The King of Limbs someday. Perhaps it’ll come with a weekend supplement, complete with special comic strips and vapid celebrity profiles, and it will reveal that Thom Yorke knew the true depths of Rebekah Brooks’ lack of moral fibre years ago due to the Secret Society of Powerful British Gingers.
At any rate, perhaps part of the reason 01 & 10 works is not because there’s some grand design at work, but because we have listened to these songs so many times that they feel connected to everything - at least, that’s the way Radiohead can make you feel. They are, for better or worse, all-encompassing in ways very few other bands can claim to be.