The King of Limbs

Release date
18 Feb 2011
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bloom 5:14 328,684
2 Morning Mr Magpie 4:41 317,547
3 Little by Little 4:27 309,202
4 Feral 3:09 293,742
5 Lotus Flower 5:00 430,140
6 Codex 4:47 331,136
7 Give Up the Ghost 4:50 291,712
8 Separator 5:19 288,054

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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  • 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 12:00pm Reply
  • LePlatypope

    If you turn the bass up this album gets properly great

    10 Sep 2:17pm Reply
  • jipalenzuela

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

    11 Aug 6:40pm 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 4:37am Reply
  • Jjjohn0404

    Keep coming back to this album for some reason

    2 Jul 6:36pm Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    Way better than In Rainbows.

    30 Jun 6:24am 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 12:25am Reply
  • flabadab

    This is great study music. Nice and chill.

    24 May 1:56pm 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 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
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