The King of Limbs

Release date
18 Feb 2011
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bloom 5:14 336,811
2 Morning Mr Magpie 4:41 325,692
3 Little by Little 4:27 316,331
4 Feral 3:09 300,392
5 Lotus Flower 5:00 446,121
6 Codex 4:47 341,193
7 Give Up the Ghost 4:50 299,063
8 Separator 5:19 296,074

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The King of Limbs is the eighth studio album by English alternative rock band Radiohead, produced by Nigel Godrich. It was released on 18 February 2011 as a download in MP3 and WAV formats. It was followed by a physical CD release on 28 March 2011. A special “newspaper” edition was released on 9 May. The “newspaper” edition will contain two 10-inch vinyl records in a special record sleeve, many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork, a compact disc, and a colour piece of oxo-degradable plastic package. The album will be released by Ticker Tape in the United States, XL in the United Kingdom and Hostess Entertainment in Japan.

The album was announced on Radiohead’s website on 14 February 2011, four days before release. The name of the album 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. On 18 February, Radiohead’s official blog published the first song from the album, “Lotus Flower”, with an accompanying music video, followed by a post announcing the album was released.

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  • TheUselessGolem

    Gotta weigh in with the lovers. Still my favorite Radiohead and among my favorite albums by anybody.

    Yesterday 5:14am Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    Underrated. They created some very nice textures and atmospheres with this work.

    23 Feb 8:30pm Reply
  • jokullmusic

    This is so much better than Amnesiac. I don't see how it doesn't hold its own with their other albums. I mean, it's probably their second-worst, but that's not saying much, as it's still pretty fantastic.

    21 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • MFORCE310

    just like to weigh in that this is a great Radiohead record. I actually enjoy listening to it more than most of their albums. it's very hard to nail down. spectacular style too, very surreal. love it.

    2 Feb 8:22pm Reply
  • Rubvo

    first part of this album is good, the second part though is mind-blowing.

    20 Jan 9:28pm Reply
  • waiguoboy

    If this album stood alone it would be appreciated more, its not bad... but it can't hold its own when compared to god tier shit like Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief and OK Computer. 7/10

    20 Jan 5:01pm Reply
  • PowersauceBar

    I've listened to this 20-30 times in the past few years and it still sucks. Experimentation done right is good like earlier Radiohead. This is just laziness.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • anesthetize7

    Took me a (long) while, but I'm finally getting into this album. Great stuff, it's definately a grower. I like the fact that it's simple and crazy experimental at the same time.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MortenWinther

    Definitely their most psychedelic album.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • arsikiller

    i remember how tkol left me absolutely speechless after the first listen. i thought it's impossible, but three years later i appreciate the sounds they've created even more.

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LePlatypope

    If you turn the bass up this album gets properly great

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jipalenzuela

    An amazing album, at first I didnt like it, now it sounds amazing. Amazing details. One of my favorite albums

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Bataller

    People who hate on this album are insane. This album's only flaws are that it's too short, and the first side is noticeably weaker than the second by quite a bit. This isn't to say the first side is bad, it's quite good (even though it does fall a little short of Radiohead's usual standards), but the second side is simply perfect. The atmosphere, the beats, the lyrics, the ATMOSPHERE - it's the best thing they've done since Kid A/OK Computer and one of the most absorbing and moving albums sides i've ever heard. It's just so peaceful and gorgeous.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Jjjohn0404

    Keep coming back to this album for some reason

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    Way better than In Rainbows.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • PorcupineTrees

    I remember being so disappointed with this album. Listened to it probably 50 times anyway... still didnt like it. Coming back to it a few years later... yeah it still sucks :(

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • flabadab

    This is great study music. Nice and chill.

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    it's not a stunner on the first listen. i mean, i was pretty disappointed when it came out. but after continuing my excursions into the electronic scenes that the band has cited as influences for this LP (i.e. the producers on the TKOL RMX series), i've come to really appreciate this record over time. i think it's subtle and nuanced, and just a total grower record. tracks like "morning mr magpie" "give up the ghost" and "bloom" are just brilliant now that i've retuned my ear and come at the record from a different angle. eager to see where they head next. i'll probs pick up Amok soon too.

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Its a Good Album, No The best, but have his good songs, but its the , for a away said, the less good of radiohead.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Stokka

    1337 shouts! No more though..

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
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