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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: 76 out of 83
  2. Negative: 2 out of 83
  1. jamesw
    May 20, 2007
    10
    brilliant
  2. StacyH
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    By far the most deep and dark record of Radiohead's. The album's opening tracks are just great, Kives Out is beautiful, and Hunting By far the most deep and dark record of Radiohead's. The album's opening tracks are just great, Kives Out is beautiful, and Hunting Bears is surreal. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2021
    10
    One of my favourite albums of all time! I love the murky, unique sound. This is much more than just an album comprised of Kid A's leftovers.
  4. PaulW
    Jun 7, 2005
    9
    It could be their worst album but no-one cares when its so damn amazing!
  5. Dec 28, 2019
    9
    Arguably Radiohead's most cohesive record in their entire discography. While still a slightly weaker release then Kid A and Ok Computer, itArguably Radiohead's most cohesive record in their entire discography. While still a slightly weaker release then Kid A and Ok Computer, it has clear focus, tone, and themes that keep listeners coming back. 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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