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The King Of Limbs is the eighth studio album by English rock band Radiohead. It was first released through the band's website on 18 February 2011 and physically on 28 March 2011 in the United Kingdom by Ticker Tape and XL Recordings and in the United States by TBD Records. Following the protracted recording and more conventional instrumentation of their previous album In Rainbows (2007), Radiohead developed much of The King Of Limbs by sampling and looping recordings. The album was produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich, with lead singer and songwriter Thom Yorke describing it as "an expression of wildness and mutation". Its title is borrowed from the King of Limbs, an ancient oak tree in Wiltshire’s Savernake Forest near Tottenham House, where the band recorded much of In Rainbows. Radiohead released no singles from the album, but released a music video for the song Lotus Flower that spawned a viral internet meme.

The King of Limbs peaked at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 3 on the US Billboard 200, selling over 120,000 copies worldwide in its first week of sales. It received universal acclaim from critics, appearing on various lists of the best albums of 2011, and was nominated for five categories at the 54th Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Music Album. It was followed by the remix album TKOL RMX 1234567 and the live video The King Of Limbs: Live from the Basement.


Radiohead announced the album on their website on 14 February 2011 with a release date of 19 February; it was released one day earlier, on 18 February. Customers could also order a special "newspaper edition" of the album, released 9 May 2011, for £30, US$48 or €36 with the MP3 download, and £33, US$53 or €39 with the WAV download (shipping included). The "newspaper" edition contains "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 retail CD and vinyl editions of The King Of Limbs were released through the band's Ticker Tape imprint on XL in the United Kingdom, TBD in the United States, and Hostess Entertainment in Japan.

On 16 April 2011, Radiohead released two tracks not included on The King Of Limbs (but worked on during the same sessions) as a double single for Record Store Day: Supercollider and The Butcher. They later released the tracks as free downloads to those who had purchased The King Of Limbs from the Radiohead website.

Track listing

All tracks written, composed and performed by Radiohead.

  1. Bloom
  2. Morning Mr Magpie
  3. Little By Little
  4. Feral
  5. Lotus Flower
  6. Codex
  7. Give Up The Ghost
  8. Separator