7. The King of Limbs
2011's King of Limbs was greeted with a resounding "meh" by both fans and critics, and in hindsight, it's easy to see why. After In Rainbows demolished any chatter about the band being past its prime, RH's heavily hyped surprise-release LP landed with a confused whimper instead of a bang when it was revealed to be a mere eight tracks long. Reviews deemed it too fleeting, too opaque, and lacking the stark ambition that usually comes with a Radiohead release. Some fans even consider the live From the Basement version to be superior.
Personally, I love KOL. But that opinion took its time to unfold. Songs like the swirling, poly-rhythmic "Bloom," the dark-magic disco of "Lotus Flower" and "Separator," and the sparse, shimmering waves of "Codex" and "Give Up the Ghost" represent some of the more polished songs the band has ever released, and they showcase the overlooked talents of bassist Colin Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway (along with guest-drummer Clive Deamer). The KOL sessions produced four top-shelf non-album tracks ("Staircase," "Daily Mail," "Supercollider," and "The Butcher"), and since some of them sound like B-sides themselves, it makes me wonder how much better the album could have been.