Album Stream: Radiohead ‘The King Of Limbs’

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The buzz all week has been the release of [lastfm]Radiohead[/lastfm]’s new album The King of Limbs. Earlier this morning they released a video to their first single from the album, “Lotus Flower.” We now have access to the full album with a very mellow, but familiar sound from [lastfm]Thom Yorke[/lastfm]. Is that good? Bad? You decide.

Listen to all eight album tracks below & find out how you can download, or purchase this first-ever Newspaper Album.

1. Bloom – The disc kicks off with Radiohead’s recipe for success: looped piano, sparse electronic percussion and a Thom Yorke off-mic mumble.

2. Morning Mr Magpie – Here comes the funk. Jazzy hi-hats and strangely floating baseline. Yorke sings, “You’ve stolen art, give it back.” Wonder if this will end up in a future car commercial?

3. Little By Little – Woa, creep factor! Maybe I’m off here, but this paranoid track has the most hooks yet but carries a definite stalker/seduction vibe.

4. Feral – Now here’s a cool beat of electronic cut-ups and more shuffly jazz drums.

5. Lotus Flower – The band released this track just hours before the album eary this morning [WATCH]. In keeping with the rest of the album, Yorke let’s his falsetto vocals fly over a dark sea of sparse bass, synth and electronic drums.

6. Codex – Crisp & clean piano open this melancholy ballad. Using muted trumpet coming in to counterpoint Yorke’s vocals, this one can transform your mood in a heartbeat. I don’t know about you, but i think this deserves more than a couple listens.

7. Give Up The Ghost – Echoing vocals and a acoustic guitar. What’s are they singing in the background? “Don’t hurt me” This surprisingly optimistic campfire lullaby makes it seem like everything is going to be okay.

8. Seperator – They guys close this one out with a gently percussive jam. Yorke sings “Wake me up” through this hypnotic, dream of a song. He also repeats “If you think this is over, then you’re wrong.”

Lasting just thirty-eight minutes, The King Of Limbs is one of Radiohead’s shortest discs. One thing’s for sure — it’s time for another listen.

What did you think of the album?

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To order the album visit

The King of Limbs Newspaper Album:
* Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
* A compact disc.
* Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
* The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
* The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.

The King of Limbs digital:
* MP3 version is a 320K constant bit rate file.
* WAV version is a full CD quality uncompressed digital audio file.

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  • bob

    can’t wait for the second half!

  • Jim

    I hate to say this, but it sounds like a solo effort , part 2, by Thom. No band here. It’s all programmed. But half the tracks are very good. Nothing new or riveting. This may be their last, and its not a masterpiece that they should be able to do every time (like EVERY time before). No track to crave, like Bodysnatchers or Pyramid Song.

  • Buck

    I have listened to The King of Limbs many times and I still have not found a track that has me hooked. I am a huge Radio Head fan for many years and own everyone one of their CDs plus solo projects etc. I agree with Jim below that there really is no band on this CD. It sounds like its all programmed with the use of a drum machine and looping tracks. I was hoping that after a week of listening to this CD plus laying off of it for several days would have had me a fan of this CD. So far it is just a good easy listening music. I can’t even see them touring with this album but I have been wrong before..

  • Johnny B

    I am finding the new Radiohead King of Limbs a good easy listening CD. I was hoping for a continuation of In Rainbows however it sounds more like Thom Yorke’s Eraser part 2. Although the tracks are great I don’t think this album will do as well from a critically acclaimed basis as some of their previous releases. However in the true spirit of Radiohead this too is a new direction for the band. Radiohead reinvents themselves on a continuous basis and this CD is no different. You have to love that about this band and to always expect the unexpected! So far Codex, Give up the Ghosts and Bloom are my favorite songs so far. I am going to continue to listen and study this album and appreciate the true art form that Radiohad provides to their fans with each new release! Maybe Radiohead will surprise us with a part 2 of this album in a few months. It appears to end abruply leaving you yearning for more! Thank you Radiohead for this unexpected treat!

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  • ERIK T.-(chicago, IL.)

    i hear “you’ve stole it ALL, give it back”, not “art”.

    • ERIK T.-(chicago, IL.)

      or “you stole ENOUGH…”

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