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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
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  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: 70 out of 77
  2. Negative: 2 out of 77
  1. jamesw
    May 20, 2007
    10
    brilliant
  2. MaxM
    Jun 21, 2007
    10
    I like every song on this album except for the new version of Morning Bells.
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    10
    Although it goes against popular opinion, I firmly believe that Amnesiac is Radiohead's greatest album to date. A serious listen reveals thatAlthough it goes against popular opinion, I firmly believe that Amnesiac is Radiohead's greatest album to date. A serious listen reveals that this is probably their most thoughtfully composed, meaningful and emotional album, with some of the most hauntingly brilliant and beautiful tracks they've ever released. Expand
  4. marvnr
    Mar 14, 2004
    9
    Andrei Petrov makes abstract, expressionistic art that borders on impressionism. Radiohead's Amnesiac is like it--both are utterly amazing.
  5. Nov 5, 2013
    9
    This album continues Radiohead's style perfected in Kid A. Amnesic is nowhere near Kid A, but still does what the band does best. Many aspectsThis album continues Radiohead's style perfected in Kid A. Amnesic is nowhere near Kid A, but still does what the band does best. Many aspects of this album are different from the rest of their discography thematically and stylistically. Amnesic is dark and subtle which makes this album the most emotional Radiohead album. Even though Amnesiac stays quiet and subtle at times, it has some buildups that create quite an impact. Fear of hell is a theme possibly displayed in this album with songs such as "I might be wrong" and "pulk/pull revolving doors." The closer on this album "Life in a glass house" could not be more perfect and is my favorite Radiohead song. This album is out there, but has some of the best Radiohead moments. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2012
    8
    The best Radiohead album? Of couse not, but regardless is still as beautiful as any record they produce will be. Continuing with the Kid AThe best Radiohead album? Of couse not, but regardless is still as beautiful as any record they produce will be. Continuing with the Kid A trend, Amnesiac arguably has even weirder tracks (...Revolving doors, Like Spinning Plates) that take some getting used to, but are often worth it. Admittedly, there are a few duff tracks (Hunting bears and Dollars and Cents are pretty dull), but these can merely be treated as interludes in an album that contains songs such as Pyramid song, You and Whose Army, Life in a Glasshouse and a much superior version of Morning Bell.

    Essential listening for any Radiohead fan.
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  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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