The King of Limbs

Release date
18 Feb 2011
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
37:27

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bloom 5:14 319,490
2 Morning Mr Magpie 4:41 306,856
3 Little by Little 4:27 301,000
4 Feral 3:09 286,189
5 Lotus Flower 5:00 413,305
6 Codex 4:47 320,463
7 Give Up the Ghost 4:50 282,716
8 Separator 5:19 279,330

About this album

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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  • 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.

    Yesterday 4:03pm 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 7:59pm Reply
  • Stokka

    1337 shouts! No more though..

    2 Apr 4:41pm Reply
  • finalesfunkeln

    very very disappointing album.Give up the Ghost and Seperator are decent enough but that does not just cut it.Fuck me for pre-purchasing this shit.

    23 Mar 8:50am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I really like that they were brave enough to fuck up the drumming so much. I mean that in good way. I like fucked up drumming.

    4 Mar 3:02am Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Can't believe this is already three years old

    26 Feb 10:43pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    bits of goodness here and there, not fully fledged enough.

    23 Feb 3:59pm Reply
  • simplesack

    This is my favorite. Don't know why. Others are better.

    13 Feb 6:02am Reply
  • CaptainMurdoc

    The King of Limbs is pretty cool, it actually grew on me the more I listened to it.

    4 Feb 1:59pm Reply
  • cloudscream

    I like Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors more than Magpie, Little by Little, and Feral combined. For me, it's not the lack of hooks, it's something else. But I like this album so much because of Bloom and the last 4 tracks which, IMO are among their best songs in their whole discography.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    It's just delicious.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    people are insane to have left this magnificent album so completely in the dust [2] it's because 1. lack of big singles 2. the fact that the opening song is the most inaccessible. But well, maybe their next album will be another win [in terms of critical & commercial response], I mean Amnesiac and HTTT weren't THAT big either.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cloudscream

    Too much drugs, though

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    most under appreciated album ever [2] people are insane to have left this magnificent album so completely in the dust

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    "just dragonflies"

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    craziest most beautiful thing I've ever heard

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pogoshrooms

    I can't think of a string of four songs that make me feel the way these last four do.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cloudscream

    You have to wake Thom Yorke up in the end.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • heyman010

    most under appreciated album ever

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • green-train

    Gorgeous....

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
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