Friday, February 18, 2011

Radiohead - Codex

WOW that is what I have to say about Codex. It is amazing in every way - one of the most sincere and beautiful Radiohead songs I can remember. After listening to The King of Limbs now 3 times this morning - this song would always seem to bring me in the most. The piano sound is gorgeous and mixed with Thom's incredible vocals it helps create a very engaging and powerful tune.

I love that they put this song right in the middle of the other two power house tunes from TKOL (Lotus Flower and Give Up The Ghost). Codex is such a chill laid back tune but at the same time it is so powerful and moving. For me this is my clear cut favourite song on The King of Limbs. And man I really wish that 8 songs was more like 12 songs. Great great album nonetheless though and I suspect that when it gets its physical release they will be adding another disk or some more songs.

THANK YOU RADIOHEAD!

7 comments:

  1. while Thom isn't really treading any new ground here, I agree that Codex is an initial standout. tried and true formula that nobody does better than Radiohead (much like Fog, Last Flowers to the Hospital, etc).

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  2. It definitly is my initial stand out track. But with Radiohead, time always comes into play the more you listen to something your favourite songs can switch up pretty quick.

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  3. Funny how Codex seems to have been such an early standout for many people(me included!)I think it may have had a lot to do with the fact that it just came as a breath of fresh air during the first listen - valuable space in what is otherwise quite a dense and claustrophobic record :)

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  4. "Breath of fresh Air" is a nice way to put it. I am a bit of The Bends guy myself so maybe just maybe I was feeling a back to old days moment with Codex. Not too many times I listen to a record and really have a track jump out like that too me.

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  5. "Codex" is by far and away one of the most beautiful Radiohead songs to date. It initially reminded me of a chill version of "Pyramid Song," with the common theme of jumping into a river/water. In the end, "Codex" is the clear winner by comparison -- gliding along blissfully and mournfully, projecting a sense of openness and space otherwise absent on much of KOL. The song is perfect.

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  6. I like that term 'breath of fresh air'. I feel like throughout the first five songs, he's trying to make them feel glitchy and disjointed-like he's describing the world as it is. Then Codex hits, and its like he spills his dream-to have water that is 'pure and innocent'. A truly moving song, both lyrically and musically. Its as if he's crying to be made new.

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  7. Breath of Fresh Air really sums up Codex - I can roll with that.

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