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97

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 100
    [The two previously unreleased songs] comprise a fascinating companion piece for two classic albums.
  2. Nov 5, 2021
    100
    Long-awaited, Kid A Mnesia is a testament of Radiohead’s phenomenal abilities, and stands as one of this year’s most exciting reissues. Fans of the group may rejoice, while newcomers will receive the full experience of two of the 21st century’s major creative achievements.
  3. Mojo
    Nov 4, 2021
    100
    Both of these albums twisted machines to Radiohead's will, to their need to hear soulful songs singing in their wires. And they're resonating still. [Dec 2021, p.102]
  4. Nov 4, 2021
    100
    20 years later, what stands out about the sound of Kid A and Amnesiac isn't how influential they are, but how they resemble little else. ... The recent single "If You Say the Word" is a clear highlight, its acoustic arpeggios and skulking rhythms fitting in nicely with the more straightforward moments of Amnesiac.
  5. Nov 4, 2021
    100
    Kid A Mnesia isn’t just a monument of Radiohead’s bravest, boldest music—it’s a tribute to keeping the creative fires burning even in the coldest of times.
  6. Nov 5, 2021
    92
    None of the bonus material on Kid Amnesiae, the third “bonus” disc accompanying the two studio albums, has the same revelatory quality as the inclusions on OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017. ... It was the indelible sounds they made on Kid A and Amnesiac, more than any of the album’s digital age paranoia or its baleful view of the future, that comprise the band’s enduring legacy. Those sounds break free of anything you might want to attach to them.
  7. Nov 29, 2021
    90
    As a snapshot of this crucial turning point in the Radiohead discography, Kid A Mnesia presents a band taking its first steps into a thrilling new phase, one that would alter their trajectory and push them further into the unknown.
  8. 90
    The instrumental How To Disappear Into Strings adds a stentorian dimension to How To Disappear Completely, while Fog ascends to a whole new level of mystery in its Again Again version. Radiohead’s loving tending of their back catalogue wins out again.
  9. Uncut
    Nov 4, 2021
    90
    Extra disc Kid Amnesiae mostly puts a fresh spin on pre-existing material, with just a handful of previously unheard compositions. Hearing them again two decade later, the shock of the new has faded, but the sonic richness and meticulous attention to detail endures. Behind the fizz and crunch and crackle lies a surprisingly lush, soulful beauty. [Dec 2021, p.40]
  10. 90
    KID A MNESIA (including Kid A and Amnesiac in full, alongside a disc of rarities and off-cuts, which includes many pleasant discoveries, such as an uncomplicatedly majestic alternative version of “Like Spinning Plates”) suggests that Radiohead got there first, most boldly (in the context of the music that had built their ‘brand’), and arguably with the most significant creative gain.
  11. Ultimately, ‘Kid Amnesiae’ not only offers a mood piece, but also a companion and secret history behind the making of two essential, landmark records – and the rebirth of a great band.
  12. Nov 4, 2021
    55
    The third disc, annoyingly titled Kid Amnesiae, starts off promisingly enough with a straight piano version of “Like Spinning Plates.” ... Only four of the 12 tracks here stretch past four minutes, with the majority of them clocking in at under two. That would be excusable if these leftovers revealed anything about what it must have been like to be in the room while making a pair of classic albums.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 6 out of 55
  1. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    Perfect! 2 hours of ethereal bliss. Just close the door and switch out the lights.
  2. Nov 7, 2021
    10
    The third disc acts as a perfect bridge to further connect two incredible albums. All in all, a wonderful listening experience.
  3. Nov 7, 2021
    10
    I suppose this should deserve 100 as OKNOTOK. A superb release! I listened to Kid Amnesiae with great pleasure. Kid A and Amnesiac, like theI suppose this should deserve 100 as OKNOTOK. A superb release! I listened to Kid Amnesiae with great pleasure. Kid A and Amnesiac, like the rest of Radiohead's music, are timeless. Full Review »