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Radiohead returning to studio in good spirits

Radiohead plans to return to the studio in January to continue work on its next album, which began over the summer.

The view on the inside is one of optimism. However, band members did not release their specific plans for the upcoming album.

“The vibe in the camp is fantastic at present,” guitarist Ed O’Brien said over the weekend. “I am so genuinely excited about what we’re doing, but for obvious reasons I can’t divulge anything more.”

Radiohead’s most recent album, 2007’s “In Rainbows,” was initially released as a name-your-own-price download through the band’s Web site before coming out on CD a few months later.

For O’Brien, working on a new album represents how far the band has come since the release of its fourth album, “Kid A,” in October 2000.

“Ten years ago we were all collectively in the land of ‘Kid A,’ and although hugely proud of that record, it wasn’t a fun place to be,” O’Brien said. “What’s reassuring now, is that we are most definitely a different band, which should therefore mean that the music is different too and that is the aim of the game… to keep it moving.”

Frontman Thom Yorke, meanwhile, played a handful of solo shows in October with a band featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and session drummer Joey Waronker. He is expected to return to the stage for more dates in 2010, but details have yet to be announced.

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