This is the only vinyl I’ve purchased (because I don’t actually have a record player) and it’s beautiful. The fact that this album came out as a double-vinyl, with two songs on every side, just makes you appreciate the album all the more.
Possible unpopular opinion time: I think this is their second best album (only second to Kid A, which, I mean, come on). This album is almost entirely perfect.
I never understood why everyone despised The King of Limbs when it came out. I don’t think it’s their second best (I would say that In Rainbows deserves that honor), but it is definitely a fantastic record.
I also appreciate the rise of double LPs that only have two-three songs on each side. Animal Collective did that with Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion. It makes it easier to dissect and appreciate albums that are a little more difficult to understand.
PS: You’re always welcome to come and play your “only vinyl” at my place.
Right? The hate put on it was totally undeserved. The album made perfect sense considering the collaborations Thom had been doing with Burial and Four Tet and stuff recently.
I do love In Rainbows, but I’ve got to mark this one a little higher. TKOL is special to me, because it’s one of those albums I have to listen to all the way through; I can’t cherry pick songs out of it, or else it doesn’t work (kind of like Kid A). In Rainbows doesn’t have that same feel for me.
Also, Lotus Flower is a contender, in my mind, to be considered the best song of their career (at least it’s one of the best).
(P.P.S. I may have to take you up on that sometime. It is really nice to hear the album that way.)