Radioheads got some magic going on.
Incase you just got back from Mars or some other place no one’s really heard about, Radiohead recently ( I only heard about it about two weeks ago-ish) announced a new album that dropped Feb 19th for digital download, probably hoping they’d get as much success on album online before IRL when they released In Rainbows.
In addition to this in pure Radiohead style, they’ve also decided to do something untested and unique with a version of the album. Let the words speak for themselves:
Newspaper Album – PRESALERadiohead’s new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world’s first* Newspaper Album, comprising:
- Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
- A compact disc.
- Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
- The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
- The Newspaper Album will be shipped from Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download now.
- Orders placed on or after 21st February 2011 (UK time) will ship from 1st June 2011
- Shipping is included in the prices shown.
- One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.
This wasn’t something I was going to pass on for $48. And if you enjoy their music, I don’t think you really want to pass on that offer. The cost definitely makes it worth while, however I’m not sure how the biodegradable casing is going to hold up over a decade ( don’t store it in a basement or attic), but it’s worth checking out.
Given that it’s now Monday ( aka Family Day long weekend), I was too brain dead to download the album on release day, but I have it now and it’s not a bad listen. It stands on its own like all their other albums in the past have. Listening to it, I’m sure some songs are going to take their time to grow on me, but that happens.
Music aside, I’m actually more psyched for getting the album. It’s got my artist side all intrigued to see what the hell kind of madness it’s going to be. Like the music, it’s something with a unique design that’s going to really stand out as something special. And I get to add it to my growing Radiohead collection which I’ve just realised that I’ve somehow amassed without actually thinking too much about doing so. I guess if I keep this shit up, I’m going to have to open a small museum / shrine. Lets hope not.
Concluding, Radiohead fans should enjoy The King of Limbs album (fun fact, the name is based on an oak tree in England thought to be over 1000 years old) and you should give it a good listen otherwise. When I get the album shipped to me in May, I’ll definitely be doing a follow-up post. Happy listening.
EDIT: I know a lot of you have been searching up the artist for the album cover and it’s Stanley Donwood. He’s done EVERY cover and pretty much all artwork associated with Radiohead. If you need proof, go wiki it.