The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
They're back. More than three years since the ground-breaking pay-what-you-please release of 2007's In Rainbows, Radiohead unceremoniously announced their eighth studio album, The King of Limbs, less than a week before its downloadable release. CD and LP versions of the album will be available in March, while what the band calls the first "newspaper album," including 600 small pieces of artwork, will ship in May.
As for the music itself, it's pure Radiohead. It's more the spacey, spooky Kid A sound than the tighter rock of Hail to the Thief and In Rainbows, starting with the loopy "Bloom."
The album showcases Phil Selway's drumming as well as any, and the album's second track, "Morning Mr. Magpie" is no exception. Frontman Thom Yorke's voice induces chills as he shrieks "You've got some nerve, coming here."
It may take many more listens to fully evaluate and understand this latest effort, but all early signs look positive to me. Few acts know how to generate excitement over their material like Radiohead.
Listen to the album's first single, "Lotus Flower":