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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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Pyramid Song
I jumped in the river and what did I see? Black-eyed angels swam with me A moon full of stars and astral cars All the things I used to see All my... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    More often than not, Amnesiac finds a balance between twiddling and transcendence. [Jul 2001, p.79]
  2. It is hard to shake the feeling that these songs may actually be leftovers.
  3. Yes, and it's just as frustrating, too, and fiddly and awkward and self-conscious and self-important and neurotic and panicky, and as often ugly as it is beautiful, and as often pompous or irrelevant as it is profound. Just as you've come to expect.
  4. This album is admittedly not as powerful as Kid A in many respects-nowhere are there songs as intense and bristling with action and desire as "Idioteque" and "National Anthem"; nowhere is there a song as sublimely beautiful and tragic as "How to Disappear Completely".
  5. Spin
    70
    And this is how Amnesiac goes, or doesn't: Resonant, dusty somethings, not much on their own, line up and aggregate into something fluid and sweetly steady. [Jul 2001, p.124]
  6. Too tentative and slight to be genuinely moving.
  7. The Wire
    40
    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: 72 out of 79
  2. Negative: 2 out of 79
  1. jamesw
    May 20, 2007
    10
    brilliant
  2. BobR
    Jul 18, 2007
    10
    don't overlook this album! And yes, You and Whose Army is awesome.
  3. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    How could they follow up the brilliance and experimentation of Kid A? With more. But this album is far from a B-side collection from Kid A.How could they follow up the brilliance and experimentation of Kid A? With more. But this album is far from a B-side collection from Kid A. Amnesiac has it's own feel, it's own place in the discography of the greatest band ever formed. Expand
  4. WillH
    Dec 17, 2004
    9
    The cd maintains the Kid A atmosphere while bringing in a more constructed feel. Songs such a "pyramid song" and "dollars and cents" give The cd maintains the Kid A atmosphere while bringing in a more constructed feel. Songs such a "pyramid song" and "dollars and cents" give that lost at sea feel, where as songs such a "knives out" and "i might be wrong" give a OkComputer esque feel. The album is suporb, but now matter what any one says pull/upkj revolving doors doesn't deserve five minutes of play, and interesting aspect but it should have been 2 minute interval at the most, while i apraciate Radioheads attempts at new things, this wasn't a wise choice, "Fitter Happier" deserves to stay on OkComputer because it creates the albums atmospehere, this track however, does not. Expand
  5. Sep 26, 2017
    9
    The follow up/ sister album to the quietly monumental "Kid A". Recorded at the same time, released half a year later - Amnesiac, while alsoThe follow up/ sister album to the quietly monumental "Kid A". Recorded at the same time, released half a year later - Amnesiac, while also experimental in nature, 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 a double album. Both records are very much individual pieces of work. The exploration and creative risk taking is still present but "Amnesiac" is undoubtedly more instant and accessible. The first 8 songs are brilliant but I think it tapers off ever so slightly towards the end. Take "Like Spinning Plates", a good song but one that sounds much better live when stripped back as heard on the "I Might be Wrong" record. For me, "Hunting Bears" is unnecessary and more of an interlude. No complaints about the closer "Life in a Glass House" which is top notch. Really good stuff overall from a great, great band. Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2017
    8
    this is probably Radioheads most weird record to this date and it shows in song like this version of morning bell is haunting in this versionthis is probably Radioheads most weird record to this date and it shows in song like this version of morning bell is haunting in this version and the beautiful and two of the most dramatic in the Radiohead discography being pyramid song and you and whose army which are two of the best songs on the album, There's the intro Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box which is a good opening track and there's the closing track which is life in glass house which is a great way to close this album but the problem with this album is that it can get really dodgy and obscure with the track pulk/pull revolving doors and hunting bears which are nothing but interlude detours that are really boring, and track listing is really not the best with pyramid song being before Pulk/revolving which i think that pyramid song and you and whose army should of been in the second half of the record because the first half show more electronic elements and the tracks should of slowly start getting more and more organic with the instrumentation thats what i thought this album should of done but overall its a great album Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 2, 2005
    2
    I dont know why every liked this album so much. I've tried and tried and tried to find its saving grace, but I just can't. There I dont know why every liked this album so much. I've tried and tried and tried to find its saving grace, but I just can't. There are maybe one or two songs that I enjoy, but other than that, I can't seem to find any others. Expand

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