Radiohead - The King of Limbs
NEW YORK (AP) — Radiohead is releasing its eighth studio album, this time with a price.
The band announced Monday that its latest release, "The King of Limbs," will be available as early as Saturday. Unlike its last pay-what-you-want album, "In Rainbows," this one will have a price.
Fans can pre-order an MP3 download for $9 or a higher-quality WAV version for $14. For approximately $50, there's also an extensive "Newspaper Album" that includes two vinyl records and deluxe packaging.
The band didn't explain its pricing philosophy this time around. Its "In Rainbows" release in 2007 was seen as radical at the time, and was generally viewed as both lucrative and popular.
The drawback to the album is, well, the fact that it's only eight songs long, and one of them, "Feral" is a kind of cut-up instrumental (with vocals) that isn't nearly as intersting as "National Anthem" was. So then, for me at least, it's seven songs long. Just over 30 minutes.
But that's maybe a good quibble. Those seven songs are quite good. A few of them, "Lotus Flower," "Give Up the Ghost," and "Separator" are really quite excellent and fresh sounding. At its best, it's a subtle album. And even kind of upbeat and happy (in a Radiohead, downbeat and unhappy, kind of way).
I added the song that was floating around a year or so ago, "These Are My Twisted Words" to my playlist for the album, and that helped fill it out.