Radiohead have stealthed the internet world and announced their new album will be available on Saturday, February 19. The King Of Limbs will be available digitally first, followed by an(other) unconventional physical release next month. This all comes on the heels of the band's "pay-what-you-want" scheme for In Rainbows.
Artwork appears on the band's site that is presumably the cover for the album but no official tracklist has been revealed.
Radiohead fans have four purchasing options:
- Newspaper Album + MP3: $48
- Newspaper Album + WAV: $53
- MP3: $9
- WAV: $14
What is the deal with this "Newspaper Album?" Here is a breakdown of what's included in those packages:
What do we think of our options? Frankly, they stink. Let me be clear: I'm a Radiohead fan and I'm going to own one of those four options. Bet that. I have loved Radiohead since my college days and hope this album is good. I like the album title. I'm intrigued. I'm in. What we're discussing right now are the buying options and perceived value of the packages, not the quality of music we've not heard.
If you love vinyl, the Newspaper packages are good deals. You get the album on vinyl, CD, and a creative presentation of the material- plus you can download the album on Saturday and enjoy that while you wait for your set. You have to be pretty hard up and hardcore to pay the extra to get the Newspaper+WAV when you have a CD coming a month later. I'd have to think MP3 encoded at 320 would suffice for a month but that's just me and it's your money.
With In Rainows, the deluxe physical editions came with a second disc of additional music (it also cost closer to $100 than the $48-53 editions being offered for Limbs). This time out, if vinyl isn't your thing, you pay an awful lot if you want a professionally rendered physical CD.
I haven't decided what I'm going to do. I'm either going WAV for $14 or the Newspaper+MP3 package for $48. I'll make my decision in advance of Saturday and will be listening to The King of Limbs this weekend. What say you, Radiohead fans? Are you happy with your options? Which package will you choose?