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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Michele Norris.

It's Friday, it's almost the weekend, it's a full moon. That was the reason the band Radiohead gave for releasing its new album today, one day earlier than announced.

The album is called "The King of Limbs," and for now, it's available only online. Our critic, Tom Moon, downloaded it this morning, and he spun out this review.

(Soundbite of music)

TOM MOON: You can't always trust your first impression listening to Radiohead.

(Soundbite of music)

RADIOHEAD (Music Group): (Singing) You've got some nerve coming here.

MOON: The band makes dense, intricate records that can take time to fully decipher. On first pass, "The King of Limbs" seems no different. It's a feast of stunningly beautiful textures. Listen to the thicket of guitars and stringed instruments that frames a song called "Little By Little."

(Soundbite of song, "Little By Little")

RADIOHEAD: (Singing) (Unintelligible)

MOON: All the key Radiohead traits are here. The album begins with a hiccupping rhythm that's tapped out on long-obsolete drum machines. And then, lead singer Thom Yorke shows up, singing one of those floaty little melodies that are forlorn and somehow epic at the same time.

(Soundbite of music)

RADIOHEAD: (Singing) (Unintelligible)

MOON: "The King of Limbs" is instantly recognizable as Radiohead, but the band is hardly stagnant. Even after eight albums, they're still exploring, still profoundly curious about song structure and atmosphere. That alone is inspiring and one reason the arrival of new music from Radiohead is an event.

(Soundbite of music)

RADIOHEAD: (Singing) (Unintelligible)

NORRIS: The new album from Radiohead is called "The King of Limbs." Our reviewer is Tom Moon.

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