‘The King of Limbs’ out now! New Video! Hurrah!

by Jonathan on February 18, 2011

This week has been full of surprises to say the least. We woke up this morning to find that the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, was available to download a day early. If you pre-ordered, head on over to www.thekingoflimbs.com to get your copy now. If you haven’t purchased the album yet, get over there now! What are you waiting for?

The King of Limbs by RadioheadHere’s the tracklist:

  1. Bloom
  2. Morning Mr Magpie
  3. Little By Little
  4. Feral
  5. Lotus Flower
  6. Codex
  7. Give Up The Ghost
  8. Separator

What does The King of Limbs mean, anyway? According to Wikipedia, the name of the album possibly refers to an oak tree in Wiltshire’s Savernake Forest, thought to be 1,000 years old. The tree is a pollarded oak, referring to an ancient technique for harvesting timber for fencing and firewood. Though it does not feature on maps, the tree is said to be 3 miles (4.8 km) from Tottenham Court House, where Radiohead recorded part of their previous album In Rainbows.

We were also thrilled to see that a video was posted for “Lotus Flower” this morning. It was produced and directed by Garth Jennings. Check it:

What do you think? Tell us your thoughts about the album in the comments. Enjoy!

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  • Notureboy

    In going back to some previous radiohead / Thom recordings I still have to say TKOL is very much (to me) like extensions of In Rainbows Disk 2 (though it has more jams on it) and much more like Eraser. Its not useful to entirely compare them to these two predecessors – TKOL is still a good album full of surprises and its growing on me.

    I just keep coming back to the fact that other than some good beats and lots of beautiful, mellow stuff – there is not one powerful moment of guitar jam / destruction here (or should I call it “crunk”…a term someone used below, which I guess means that 3/4 of radiohead’s history on CD is just “crunk” that today’s post dubstep fans find to be worthless?)

    In any case…a full day of just old radiohead + Eraser, excluding Pablo & Bends (which are not so amazing in my book…some maybe 1/3 of it) has me wanting more TKOL though you just have to find the jam in it through means other than guitar. Not my favorite by a longshot, but there are still worlds of sound to explore here.

  • Notureboy

    In going back to some previous radiohead / Thom recordings I still have to say TKOL is very much (to me) like extensions of In Rainbows Disk 2 (though it has more jams on it) and much more like Eraser. Its not useful to entirely compare them to these two predecessors – TKOL is still a good album full of surprises and its growing on me.

    I just keep coming back to the fact that other than some good beats and lots of beautiful, mellow stuff – there is not one powerful moment of guitar jam / destruction here (or should I call it “crunk”…a term someone used below, which I guess means that 3/4 of radiohead’s history on CD is just “crunk” that today’s post dubstep fans find to be worthless?)

    In any case…a full day of just old radiohead + Eraser, excluding Pablo & Bends (which are not so amazing in my book…some maybe 1/3 of it) has me wanting more TKOL though you just have to find the jam in it through means other than guitar. Not my favorite by a longshot, but there are still worlds of sound to explore here.

  • Dennis

    Then I suggest you buy a hearing aid.

  • Dennis

    Once again, it’s fans like YOU that make all Radiohead fans sound like snobs. So what if everyone isn’t in love with the album? Get over it. You like it, so why isn’t that enough for you?

  • Xxsomerset

    can’t agree more

  • Chode

    And you’re not going to change his mind by going off on your own little bitch rant.

    I wish people would give Radiohead the benefit of the doubt, at least for now, and wait to see if more tracks are released, and in what fashion. Have they NOT been talking for 2+ years about how they want to do something totally different, even more so than how In Rainbows was released?

    Before I start off on a bitch rant of my own, why don’t we all just chill out and enjoy (or don’t enjoy) the music, before we just assume one of the most creative bands of our generation just took 4 years to release an 8-track EP.

    Cheers.

  • Chode

    I suggest you stop listening to Radiohead if you’re just going to come on here and piss and moan to everyone who tries to make a comment.

    You don’t like the album, you think it sounds like the Eraser. Point taken — we get it.

  • Chode

    Pretty sure thats…. not… what he was saying.. at all. Why did you put all of that in quotes when you’re not even coming close to quoting him, let alone even correctly interpreting what he’s saying in the slightest? Contrats on winning the award for dumbest comment on this thread.

  • Chode

    I’m not saying you’re wrong to be disappointed in this – I think there’s a lot of truth to what you’re saying. But I have a hard time with fans that are so quick to assume “this is all we got”. Are they not one of the most creative, innovative bands of our generation? Should we not allow them the benefit of the doubt, or just assume they took 4 years to release an 8-track EP?

    Again, I don’t know if this is “all we got” or not — none of us do. But I think people are foolish to assume that the band has nothing else in store.

    Personally, I think they’re all doubling over in laughter at all of this speculation and banter back and forth, just waiting to drop another shoe.

    Cheers.

  • Joeblow

    Dennis I think I speak for a lot of people on this thread– maybe even some with the same opinions as you– that you sound more thick-headed and annoying than anyone else who’s written a comment on here.

  • Wow

    There are guitars on the album. I feel like people get frustrated that, even though there are gutiars, they’re played sporadically at times, and in unconventional ways and time signatures that you can’t just pick up and play in 15 mins like The Bends or National Anthem or Lucky.

    So really you either
    a) aren’t a musician and don’t know what you’re listening to, or what you’re listening for
    or b) you are a musician but you’re either not good enough, or dont want to push your ability enough, to want to play songs like Little by Little or Mr Magpie.

    Radiohead is ultimately a band for artistic people, often times musicians but just artistic minds in general. If you want rocking guitar songs, shut up and see if there are more tracks to come. Or build a time machine and turn it to 1997. Or listen to Muse. Or don’t do any of those things, but keep your annoying thoughts to yourself please, or at least spew them out in doses we all can handle.

  • Wow

    If anyone listens to Radiohead (especially a brand new album) on LAP TOP SPEAKERS, you deserved to be kicked right in the babymaker and have your ears sawed off with a butter knife.

    LAP TOP SPEAKERS?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!?!

    Dennis I want to kick you in the dome.

  • MynameisDennisandallidois

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  • HEYDENNIS

    Takes one to know one.

  • Wow

    Have you ever touched an instrument outside of 2nd grade music class? Just curious. You seem to have little to no grasp of music.

  • Tom

    You are a waste of life Dennis. Its unfortunate that you’re a Radiohead fan (or at least you must be one, but all you do is cry like a baby).

  • Michael

    In fact, you’ve been bold enough to call about 100 people “wrong” on this thread. In fact, you’ve even called a handful of them “cunts”. You babbling piece of trash.

  • Michael

    Because you’re an idiot, thats why.

  • David Landy7

    i agree , its sad that so many people want to bash the greatest band of our generation , who prob cant even stum a guitar chord , there are so many radiohead fans that are not really radiohead fans , other wise they wouldnt bash a band that has made albums like ok computer kid a anesiac HTTT, IN rainbows , the king of limbs , why do people not give radiohead more credit , why would radiohaed even try to make another album like ok compurt or eeven in rainbows , thats what every other fucking band in the planet does , and thats why there is fuck all excitement and expectation when other high profile acts release albums its just going to be more of the same safe stuff , and yo will prob listen to the album maybe two three times at the most , so where the fuck is the , fun in that

    radiohead dont even care about who they please , which is a good thing , because it means they can evolve as a band , ,

    imagine radiohead didnt exist , now that would be truly truly horrible ,

  • Ole Severin

    Sounds to me like you’re the one in need of that…
    Because I just happen to enjoy the new sound of RADIOHEAD, while you are one negative guy who obviously don’t..

  • Ole Severin

    Sounds to me like you’re the one in need of that…
    Because I just happen to enjoy the new sound of RADIOHEAD, while you are one negative guy who obviously don’t..

  • Notureboy

    “Wow…Defensive” I think is your actual name. Accusations flying. There are smears here, but your accusations – while from frustration – are in fact platitudes. I’m an artist, a muscian – and I hear the guitars that are on TKOL. Its not complex by any means vs. any previous stuff.

    I don’t want repeats – but the fact is- 3/4 of radioheads discograhy is the best post-rock / modern rock / rock-n-roll – whatever you want to call it. I doubt many of us are just listening for the only the pensive, mellow, soft spoken, digital, non-guitar work. Those are in fact – among my favorite too. This album would simply be fantastic had one, two or even four “jam” songs been on it. But that is almost entirely absent, but it has a predecessor – the fact that EVERY SINGLE radiohead CD before it pretty much jams.

    Maybe there is more “crunk” on the way. But to say we’re all a bunch of simpletons because we don’t just admire this off the bat w/o guitars is as cliche as political speak. You should know too that in the art world, everyone’s and every artist is a critic and sometimes you see a work from a master that you just don’ t totally love on site. This is one of them for me. Again – lots of great work, here but to me…disappointing on first and many listens.

    If we want “spew” then you can only say that 3/4 of all radiohead’s’ music that most of us admire – is just spew. Asking for a few sprinkles of tear-the-f-ing-house-down “spew” is not illogical or unresasonable for this CD.

  • Go To Sleep Track5

    Go ahead; be disappointed with The King of Limbs….not with the music…but the release, the lack of tracks on the album, or the lack of hype from the band leading up to the album. I am enjoying each and every song on this album more and more. The more I listen to it, the more I find thing that I didn’t originally hear on first or second or even tenth listen. It’s not what I expected, but nothing I have ever gotten from Radiohead ever is. Look at the gap of difference between The Bends and OK Computer, OK was a step up, something had obviously changed in these guys, and for the good. It was progression above what everyone else had expected. Then look at Kid A, more progression, a second album to follow that up, and now the expectation for them to reinvent themselves and not be what they had previously put out. Then Hail to the Thief, again something new and not Radiohead (although music that you can’t label as “Radiohead”, might as well be considered Radiohead), and also the release of Radiohead TV, a huge step. Next In Rainbows, the honor pay, brilliant, but again big hype by the band on Radiohead.com leading up to the album, the cryptic messages and conspiracy theories(fueling the level of attention and hype), and the extra b-sides. With Radiohead (since OK Computer (in my opinion of course)) you have always gotten something extra from them, again whether it be with progression of music, extra tracks, or new ways of releasing their music, you always felt like you were getting treated special for being a fan, you’re always getting more than you expected. With The King of Limbs, that feeling was lost by a lot of fans, and I understand that completely, it’s just not what you expected. But, that being said look what it is doing, YOU (we) are talking about it a lot more than we would if this was common for Radiohead, but it’s not. We have been trained to expect more. It was announced only few days before the release, the band isn’t talking about it at all, almost four years and there is only 8 tracks and contains songs that you have already heard (not how you have originally heard them, but still not new). So be disappointed, because Radiohead has made you expect more from them, and again not in the quality of music, because that is still there, but in the lack of what was given to us so far as a package. Any band can release an album and have bonus stuff with, but no one has ever done it like Radiohead, and never will. Again, they have made it so you should expect more, and with this band I KNOW IT’S COMING, and I DON’T CARE WHEN.

  • Jamie

    A FUCKING MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Notureboy

    Many good points here – perhaps the best being “radiohead has made you expect more from them…” and there is way more investigation / clue-hunting and all going on here than I have time for…but clearly more has to be on the way.

    Those of us bitching & winge-ing about this “soft” release are perhaps just playing the fiddle, taking the bait they have set out for us.

    That – or else they just suck now. Totally kidding. So this is something to think about. There must be more to the format of releasing all this – they are simply not going to take all this time to release only a down-tempo cd. And while I’m not wild about it – I continue to listen to it daily to soak it up…but then have to go back to the last 6 cds to get my meat on.

  • Ben Symonds
  • Kevin C Yessian

    The waters clear, so go into it, be as you are with us.

  • Matyas

    This is a brilliant album. Enough said.

  • hi

    It’s good, but they’ve done better. Case closed.
    And enough bitching about it, already. People who like it will continue to do so, and people who don’t will continue to (passionately) hate it.
    Also, here’s to hoping the newspaper edition has a bonus disc! :)

  • Frank

    I believe this new album is very experimental. It is a direction the band has taken since Kid A. Now that radiohead is so well installed in the music industry, i don’t think they will make album to please their public, but more to please themselves. I’m always happy to hear news and songs from radiohead. For now, i don’t really like Kings of limbs, but i had the same feeling with In rainbows and i now have a copy of it everywhere i go. Sometimes, an album needs to be listened more than once to extract it’s pure essence.

    I juste like radiohead, that’s it. It’s a little bit like love, people don’t understand why you like that music so much, you just do. I’ve stop trying a long time ago to convince others to like radiohead. It’s a music you discover by yourself, not a music you have to be forced to listen to.

    And i just want to add, Thom dancing makes me laught! It helps my moral when i feel down. I kind of like it but i don’t know why… just like the music.

  • Jlfvrs

    come on Thom…what’s with the f’in hat dude. Just as I thought, he’s floated a bit too far into the ether for me…bummer. Lotus Flower and Codex seem up to par, and Bloom and Little by Little are ok…thanks for those. Not sure what happenned on the other 4 tracks..they seem like afterthoughts or filler. Feral and Morning Mr Mag make me ill. Come on man..this should’ve been the free album. What gives..too many side projects? Maybe it’s time to leave the music behind.

  • Mzhatt

    Love it! Love him :)

  • Mzhatt

    Dig those moves :)

  • Rhrhutchy

    has anyone else ordered that newspaper album and not recieved it?

  • Ninfixedhalo6

    Thom doing an Ian Curtis here? Glad to see the boys still creating. I lived and breathed RH up until Kid A. Saw them many many times live in some great New York City places like The Mercury Lounge acoustic gig pre- Bends (the Bends EP?), Tramps on The Bends tour with that giant fucking pole right in the middle of the floor, Roseland with Belly on the Pablo Honey tour (what a splash they made on that one), Hammerstein on those OK Computer gigs which one was filmed for MTV..and culminating at Radio City with an exhausted road weary band putting on a couple of the most mind blowing shows for OK Computer I have ever seen….great memories. I was never moved as much again seeing them after those Radio City shows..even at the Liberty Park show mere weeks before 9/11..and taking the ferry from the World Trade Center with the glorious lit downtown skyline as a backdrop…who knew what was to come?

  • bloomj88

    Simply put, this is an amazing album! It has this effect on me that makes me feel somewhat like a tree you could say. The beginning grows on me, then instantly starts chopping me down, then grows again.

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