Amnesiac - Radiohead
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  • Summary: These eleven tracks were recorded during the same sessions that produced 2000's 'Kid A,' but are a bit more song-like and a bit less electronic.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Quality aside, the questionable sequencing of Amnesiac does little to hush the argument that the record is merely a thinly veiled b-sides compilation...
  2. A sonic extravaganza for effects-loving headphone devotees, Amnesiac is another Radiohead effort that requires a bit of a leap to get into but is pretty unforgettable once you're there.
  3. Where Kid A couldn't help but be seen as a reaction to fame and intense scrutiny, Amnesiac illuminates what Radiohead are now, and will likely be for a long time: an evasive, willfully experimental rock band who feel uncomfortable in their own skins.
  4. Radiohead have remembered how to feel, and do so without relying on the arena rock bluster of The Bends, the Orwellian remoteness of OK Computer or Kid A's pretense as a sort of MC Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's why Amnesiac sounds like their best album.
  5. Amnesiac is full of computerized clicks and hums - the kinds of tracks made by geeks alone with their gizmos - and of instruments and voices so heavily filtered they sound alienated even from themselves.
  6. The spirit of Syd Barrett seems to loom over this record more than either of the previous Radiohead longplayers, and that's not a bad thing at all.
  7. Pleasant, yes, but not much more.... Too many of these 'songs' snap off at around the three or four minute mark, just as they start to get interesting.... It sounds consistently half-there. [#208, p.52]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
  1. Jun 2, 2011
    An incredibly great sequel to Kid A; it should not at all be considered the "after thought" of Kid A. Some of my favorite Radiohead songs are on the album. Knives Out is my favorite from the record, but realize that the rest of the album is just a hair behind it. Definitely a buy. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2011
    A work of art, revealing an obscene darkness. I was pleased to hear more piano on this record than we've had in previous Radiohead albums, as well as a wider use of instruments. You and Whose Army is by far the best track on this album for the piano that comes shooting in from nowhere and makes the song transcend. Other particularly commendable tracks include Push/Pulk Revolving Doors (its incredible atmosphere and haunting lyrics bewildre), I might be wrong (for one of the nastiest riffs I've ever heard) and Morning Bell Amnesiac (for the allusion that people seem to miss: This man has forgotten that he has already made this track, and is now making it again but in a different state of mind.) Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2013
    It amazes me how low the scores are for Radiohead albums. Radiohead have some of the most amazing, mind opening music in the world, just listen to pyramid song on this album when you need to think out of the box, and you will see why. It's seven eight timing is unusual and unpredictable which takes the casual listener out of it's comfort zone.

    As with all Radiohead albums, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Its clear its not for everyone though, just by some of these reviews. Try hard and you wont be disappointed.
  4. Sep 5, 2010
    I first bought this album in 2001, and aside from Pyramid song (which is probably my favorite radiohead song) I thought of it as being much weaker than Kid A. What I really didn't like initially was the second version of Morning Bell, and how the record as a whole was an uncomfortable listen. This is a record that took several attempts over a number of years to appreciate as a full piece of music. Now I love it of course, but I still like Kid A, OKC, and HTTT better. It's funny how time can change your perception of things. Along with Pyramid Song, Knives Out will really melt your face off. (They both have great music videos, too!) Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2012
    Kid A's follow up/ sister album. Recorded at the same time as Kid A and relased half a year later - Amnesiac is quite a different album and although it would have been pretty cool, you can understand why it wasn't released with Kid A as part of a double album. Both records are very much individual pieces of work. While still on the experimental side, Amnesiac is more instant and accessible. The first 8 songs are brilliant. I think it tapers off ever so slightly towards the end - although a good song, "Like Spinning Plates" sounds much better live as heard on the "I Might be Wrong" record, Hunting Bears is unnecessary and Life in a Glass House is good. Really good stuff overall from a great, great band. Expand
  6. j30
    Sep 21, 2011
    Solid follow-up to the masterpiece Kid A. Pyramid Song, I Might Be Wrong, and You and Whose Army rank among their best work.
  7. May 6, 2011
    I just don't feel this album like every other Radiohead album... Like Spinning Plates is by far the best from this album, including Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box and Life In A Glass House. Apart from that, I have very little else to say about this album... If you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all... I could never give this below six though, as I still have hopes that one day Amnesiac and I might click. Expand

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