‘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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  • Homercleaz30

    Fantastic work, I will love letting this new work seep in and grow on me. I learnt from KidA that the sounds will be different but the overall album will be brilliant given a few listens. Pretty sure there is more to come, I remember reading a band comment a year or so ago about not doing complete albums anymore and maybe releasing EPs instead, plus what people have pointed out already about the two vinyls makes sense. There’s probably four tracks per side and the remaining songs may be available with the physical release. Lastly Separater seems like it’s Mouse Dog Bird from the Camridge solo set that Thom played last year. Here’s hoping a few songs from that set turn up in the future.

  • theodor

    if you can’t hear its full of guitars- well not full excactly, but they are everywhere… then you must not know what an effects pedal does…

  • Anonymous

    I reaaaaallly hope you’re right. But I think all of this speculation about a 2nd disk is born out of radiohead fans ultimate dissapointment(whether they admit it or not) with this yesterdays release. There is a tremendous amount of rationalizing going on among fans with this album. It kills me to say it, but it’s just not. that. good. And I’m afraid to say that the chances that your theory is correct are very slim. No, this is the album we got after 3 and a half years, for better or worse 🙁 And that’s fine. I still love them and will be seeing them when they come to my city. But I wont be delusional and act like this is anything other than a dissapointment after all this wait.

  • Anonymous

    Spot on. Couldn’t agree more.

  • Anonymous

    My ears have never been more open for a record release. They just didn’t like what they heard.

  • Jussi Altonen

    People react so strongly because they care, and I don´t see whats wrong with that. It means the band has done a good enough job earlier, for so many people to form so close relationships to their music.

    I´d be pretty damn proud if millions of people cared to listen so closely to music made by me, trying their hardest to make sense of it and hoping so much to like it.

    I personally like the album, but it´s too early for me to form an opinion that I´d feel safe sticking to in the long run.

  • Tmo6

    Is Thom trying to look like Kurt Cobain, because it’s certainly working.

    I just hope Thom doesn’t go the same way as Kurt did…

  • Anonymous

    Remember your reaction on first listen to Kid A / Amnesiac? For me, I was straining (in vain) for glimpses of OK Computer. On first listen to In Rainbows, I was searching and craving more electronica in the spirit of Kid A. On The King of Limbs, I found myself wondering, “where’s Jonny?”, and “the Eraser Part II?”. So it does seem that every new Radiohead release (OK Computer being the exception) is met with an initial disappointment, followed by years of discovery and growing appreciation. There is plenty to discover on this subtle new album.

  • forbin

    Normally I would say it’s disappointed rationalizing as well, but the fact that there is a staggered release is big evidence that the release of this album may be gradual. Releasing the physical CD on a different date than the mp3’s (and relatively far away for that matter) is odd, and I think it means something.

  • Rjgolden

    I’ve listened to the album a good 15 times since I got it… I definitely really enjoy the last half of the album, Lotus Flower on. But I really have to say that the first half of the album reminds me a lot of B-sides from Hail to the Thief and Amnesiac (think Com-Lag)… And it’s not that I don’t appreciate it’s artistic integrity, it’s just that, it doesn’t seem new to me. There’s a reason all the other Radiohead songs that song like that are on B-sides, it’s because they are really experimental sounding, and it feels like the only person making them is Thom. He could have made all four of those songs on his laptop. I feel like the first half of the album could have been an Atoms for Peace album. I can definitely say that of all the Radiohead albums, this one feels like it had the least input from the rest of the band. Also, eight songs is kind of a let down after four years.

    I agree with everyone giving the album some kudos, but I think that if you’re honest with yourself you’ll feel that you want a little more. And that’s OK. It’s nothing again Radiohead, they’re still the greatest band around IMO. Plus, you always have their live shows to look forward to, and really they are the greatest live performers around.

    Anyway… I have a good theory on the title of the album. “The King of Limbs” in the animal kingdom might be considered to be an octopus. They have eight limbs. This album has eight tracks. COINCIDENCE????? probably. But funny.

  • Go To Sleep Track5

    I get the feeling we are going to see something similar to when they put out Kid A and Amnesiac….just in opposite order….otherwise I think this album will really start growing on a lot of doubters…

  • Nik

    I definitely do NOT dislike the album….but, it feels like an EP sort of release. I just wonder if we are going to get another album release soon after. Kind of like “Kid A” and “Amnesiac”.
    I like the mellowness to this album. Very eclectic. Just feels “unfinished” in the sense that there is more to come with this release.
    Anyone else get that feeling?

  • Nik

    just following up to my comment above…..I guess I should have read a few more of all the comments. I’m definitely not complaining about the album or the choice to have 8 songs. I mean, with “In Rainbows” we basically got a double album when you include the “B-side” portion. So, one really can’t complain that the band decided to stick to 8 songs this time around.

    But again, it seems like THEY have more to share than just this. Almost feels like they gave us an intro to something different.

    And I think the video is AWESOME. We’ve seen Thom doing his dancing more and more over the past year or so and it’s fitting to use that as a video showpiece. I think it sums up Thom’s latest performance persona in an interesting and entertaining way!

  • Shiga86

    yes I absolutely agree, that in the end, this album will take a life of its own, just like every other album, and song for that matter of radiohead’s, that why I love them so much. Each album, and each song has a life unto its self, yet coexist so beautifully together as well!

  • i love the new album.

    as far as the comments go…”unfinished” or the whole wanting more thing? i will always always want more from this band. for me, it wouldn’t matter if they released something with 25 songs. honestly, it would never be enough.

    that said, i’m very grateful for any bit i get. nothing uplifts my spirits like more radiohead.

  • Maja

    This album is just awesome! I put the headphones on and I’m somewhere far far away. But this is definitely for people who listen to dubstep or some other eletronic music a bit, so let’s say I can understand people who don’t get it or are disappointed
    Well no, actually I don’t understand them – it just had to happen, haven’t you followed Thom’s office charts???!

    Just love it!

  • Maja

    oh, and I just can’t get my eyes off the video! It’s totally hipnotizing.

  • Helpyouhelpher

    morning mr magpie is certified genius

  • Dennis

    Well, in that case, Radiohead now just sounds like The Eraser, which is a crying shame.

  • Dennis

    I wouldn’t mind so much that the album was short if there was a bit more variety in it.

  • Dennis

    I wouldn’t mind so much that the album was short if there was a bit more variety in it.

  • Dennis

    I respectfully disagree,
    Pakt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Can
    15 Step
    Everything In Its Right Place
    Planet Telex

  • shutthefuckuppercut

    Fucking whine whine whine.
    I want Radiohead to release an album in two years time, a guitarheavy crunk meets europop meets early-Crass album and everybody will fucking weep and say OMG we want the sound from The King Of Limbs back. I cant hear Thom! Where’s Thom?! All I can hear is Jonny and his elbows. Whine whine etc.
    TKOL is totally pretty.

  • shutthefuckuppercut

    Fucking whine whine whine.
    I want Radiohead to release an album in two years time, a guitarheavy crunk meets europop meets early-Crass album and everybody will fucking weep and say OMG we want the sound from The King Of Limbs back. I cant hear Thom! Where’s Thom?! All I can hear is Jonny and his elbows. Whine whine etc.
    TKOL is totally pretty.

  • yougofirst

    If everyone stops whining, will you stop with your whine too?

  • corey

    mate your just pissed because tom is so much better then you

  • Notureboy

    After about 15 listens now, I have to say I’m disappointed.

    I still thinks its great – haven’t even listened to anything else and am still going on it, however – its only slightly growing on me in terms of having some type of palette other than shades of gray and its as simple as that.

    There are walls & labyrinths of sound here, great sounds, but at the near-complete loss any new, amazing guitar pillaging – and for me that is just too great a loss. If they want to play dubstep or orchestral instruments – fine, but thats not moder rock. You can’t be all things at once and I wanted to hear some destruction…even on one single bitty song – but theres not even TWO MINUTES of anyone doing anything serious at all on a guitar. Maybe a second CD sneak-release will jam some.

    Sorry but I want to hear them jam and destory a little bit, and there’s none of that here. Thats just how I fucking feel about it. And coming off the tear-the-whole-goddam house apart and then think about it sensation that In Rainbows (cd1) is…this to me is just too similar to Thom’s Eraser and In Rainbows CD#2.

    Again – there is still great stuff here, it doesn’t blow at all, but its overall rather gray to me right now even after 15 listens. Can’t say I love it if I don’t. I’m sure I’ll get more into it, but there is just not really much of anything to really grab onto right now that I want to take with me through the day.

  • Dennis

    It’s funny, you guys complaining about us wanting a bit more rock sound way more whiny. Stop being such a cunt.

  • Gldaugherty

    I love it…and I respect everyones opinion. For me, it really delivers and shows growth and maturity. The lush, romantic melodies mixed with ironic, straightforward, often startling lyrics are still there. I think they are asking for more participation from the listener and I am ready and willing to engage.. Man, the freakin hostility. Some bunch of opinionated egotists…ha ha. What’s indulgent about this? And be a little more specific about why you think so. Blah Blah Blah. So serious!

  • Dennis

    You know, I’d just like to say that I feel the reason so many of you are getting so bent out of shape about people not being crazy about the album and wanting a bit more variety in it, is because you yourselves don’t actually know if you like it or not. So you get defensive, saying how brilliant it is and that it’s the best they’ve done because you have this need to prove to every one else what good little fans you are.

    Now, the album is good, there is no doubt about that. But, really, the best they’ve done? C’mon. Stop trying to suck the bands dicks and think for yourself for a change.

  • artsymd

    , it’s already opened for me. Even the first, visceral listen gave me an instant jolt. Why try so hard to put a finger on it? this band has never disappointed me.

  • Notureboy

    So to conclude, I’ve worn this thing out since release but I now feel like I’ve OD’d on heroin and didn’t even get to jam once.

    I gotta cheer the hell back up after this KOL dirge though…so I’m going back to the (seemingly vomitous, silly-guitar-monkeying and immaturity of) Amnesiac / Kid A / OK / Hail / Rainbows (1) so that I can see some damn musical colors in my mind after this broody, Eraser-Part-2 dark grey recording.

    Very few drumlines in KOL sound like a human drummer is even in the band now…the beats are erratic, tinny, and its getting annoying. After about 17 listens now – the color, mood, scape & atmosphere of this recording is – for me mind you – an overcast blur of grayness vs. the stellar array of colors (and guitar work), sonic blasting and nebulae of any of the past 5 major efforts. Everything since Amnesiac has featured countless elements, esp guitars in ways NO ONE plays them but radiohead – they did things 12 years ago that are still fresh today. But there is not one full minute of guitars doing anything but noodling, henpecking, and mood vamping…a veritable sound-slinky that won’t walk down-stairs on its own.

    Trust, I don’t believe for a second they should play only guitars, but I’m not gonna sit here getting bashed that I’m some type of cro-magnon becuase I wanted to hear some crazy new guitar work from great guitarists. I feel like someone died – namely, everyone but Thom Yorke on this CD anyway.

    King of LImbs is in fact good – but its not very good nor is it excellent in my opinion – and sorry, but that is the hardest fucking thing on earth to say about the only band on earth that I really, really think is worth a damn and talk about constantly. I can only hope KOL Disk 2 is on the way and they are just gonna get the hell busy and use those fucking guitars.

    This is just a brown-out for me. .I simply can’t make any more excuses for having to even justify so many listens to get off….which is not often in KOL. I realize this is mostly a bust on the band…I’ve never once done that since 1997.

  • BoneyKing

    Have to agree with Notureboy and add that a 3-year wait to get 8 broody songs under 40 minutes is massively anti-climactic – especially given that radiohead decided to eliminate guitar almost entirely as a jam-element in this recording.

    Why are so many getting all urban-glasses on anyone who wants guitar-work? There is NO LIMIT to what radiohead could have done with them to give this recording some umph – even on one or two songs. It makes as much sense as buying a new yoyo ma CD featuring him on turntable with some light cello in the background…and that would suck bad.

    Radiohead can do whatever the hell they want – but there are so many influences and wishy washy, essentially Yorke-driven (seemingly) moments here, that nothing really major, new or that interesting stands out. RIP Radiohead guitars…why you did that, I have NO damn clue.

  • Thedpanteris

    TKOL = THE ERASER 2 (Bye bye Ed)

  • radiogirl85

    You really hear a lot more if you play this in your car or home stereo and not on your shitty computer speakers, where everything sounds awful.

    These comments astound me and moreso that their Radiohead “fans”. People pissed and moaned that the band was taking too long to release it and now that they have, their still pissing and moaning about it’s lack of guitars (funny, I hear them) among other things. You don’t deserve Radiohead’s music.

  • Radiohead fan

    I love this album, but I can’t agree with your crazy comments. I don’t think its up to YOU to decide whether someones a fan or not.

  • Ole Severin

    No. They don’t.

  • Al

    LOTUS FLOWER meets… 15 STEP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Qls_2pv1w

  • Anonymous

    Lol yea seriously what exactly is Ed going to do on stage with these songs?

  • kortabaleb

    comments around feels like there is gonna be way less people at their next tour….which i dont mind at all to be honest…
    also think is not their best at all but hey…we can’t expect somebody else to be fulfilling our empty days completely can we? be well guys, stop moaning, enjoy this and many other great records around…

  • Sean

    It would be nice to have further releases in relation to this album, if only to have the opportunity to hear more Radiohead in a relatively short amount of time. However, if you remember, In Rainbows had a similar release in terms of the digital and physical options. I assumed when I bought the In Rainbows set, it was just a matter of time of production that caused the delay of physical release. Surely, they would not press an estimated amount of records in hopes of selling them all. I suppose it’s gauging response and demand. They, after all, are no longer under a label that will treat music with Fordism.

  • I don’t deserve this

    hahahahaha money? aweful sound? little silly girl

  • Pearly

    JoeM. I had EXACTLY the experience you did . . . from “first 4 OK but WTF” to WEEPING it is so fecund and almost terrifyingly intimate. I’m just almost speechless. Almost. At bottom, a community of TKOL lovers it is a contextual dimension I know I will eventually enjoy, but I find no inner need at this moment to elaborately pedal such an experience to anyone who hasn’t found it for himself or herself (yet).

    But I will say just this for now: Is it surprising, really, for Radiohead to release “a grower?” or “something controversial”? What else would you expect from a Radiohead release? If you don’t “get” the album or feel disappointed, I invite you to consider the possibility that those of us who are deep in the delirious PROCESS of getting it are not merely rationalizing initial disappointment. Consider the possibility that you should second guess yourself first before concluding and dismissing, maybe even after a 15th listen and several incubations. Would it be any surprise, really, if RH’s latest deconstructive sounding of multiple intact constructions ultimately meant that the album has to teach you, over time, how to hear it?

    But mere rationalization? Um, NOPE. Not here. Not for a minute. I love Radiohead. But I love honesty even more.

  • Notureboy

    Yeah I know…can’t stop posting. After listening to nothing but previous (not necessarily “old”) radiohead all day I’m going to slap KOL back on and see how I feel about it. I just bashed all over it (sorta…just being honest – I am saddened to hear no new guitar progression of any type) but I’m also a curious person and so I want to see where it goes tonight. Its still so amorphous, like radiohead classicly always is, that I can’t wait to challenge all of those thoughts head on with more listens. The wife wonders if I’ve gone mad.

  • Jarod

    I’m hearing way to many comparisons to old albums, this isn’t Amnesiac’s and Kid A’s love child and it isn’t the next Eraser, it’s the first King of Limbs.

  • Nephistomeles

    Roses are red, the sky is blue, the dead aren’t alive, your widsom is so great!!!

  • Johnyjoe

    Typical internet backlash is typical.

  • Jake

    just like fags that talk about typical things 😛

  • frank

    I agree on different opinions and all but this album surely doesn’t sound like “The Eraser” or any of the other albums. Separators is a song that to me sounds nothing like any previous song. Also five years? So the math man… it’s been less than that.

  • frank

    that’s pretty freaking cool HHAHAHAHAAHa

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