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  • Summary: Seemingly unwilling to stick to a successful formula, Radiohead follow their breakthrough album 'OK Computer' with this much more experimental work (recorded during sessions that also spawned the later-released 'Amnesiac' album), which ventures even further away from conventional songSeemingly unwilling to stick to a successful formula, Radiohead follow their breakthrough album 'OK Computer' with this much more experimental work (recorded during sessions that also spawned the later-released 'Amnesiac' album), which ventures even further away from conventional song structure and embraces electronica more fully (even sounding at times like Aphex Twin). Expand

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Idioteque
Who's in a bunker? Who's in a bunker? Women and children first And the children first And the children I'll laugh until my head comes off I'll... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 100
    Comparing this to other albums is like comparing an aquarium to blue construction paper.... It's the sound of a band, and its leader, losing faith in themselves, destroying themselves, and subsequently rebuilding a perfect entity. In other words, Radiohead hated being Radiohead, but ended up with the most ideal, natural Radiohead record yet.
  2. Kid A may feel cold and ahuman at first, but stick with it for the full 50 minutes: Listen long enough, and a fragile, flickering glow becomes apparent amid the chill. It?s the sound of human warmth flooding into a formerly alien space -- of Radiohead finally going exactly where they wanted.
  3. Not content to embrace familiar dance-music genres like trance (the way Madonna does when she's feeling experimental), the band delves into the most outré electronic music imaginable, from the amniotic soundscapes of Brian Eno to the industrial gristle of Coil. The result is Radiohead's best album...
  4. 80
    With Kid A, Radiohead has made the ultimate 3 a.m. stoner-headphone album, one that marks an entirely logical progression from -- if not necessarily an improvement upon -- the techno-but-not-really O.K. Computer.... Occasionally, it feels less like a rock record and more like a museum piece, and as a work of art, it's laudable. As an actual, listener-friendly offering, it leaves something to be desired: It's precisely the sort of record a band makes when it has endless amounts of time and money, and has spent long periods of time being told what geniuses its members are.
  5. It is a kind of virtual rock in which the roots have been cut away, and the formal language -- hook, riff, bridge -- has been warped, liquefied and, in some songs, thrown out altogether. If you're looking for instant joy and easy definition, you are swimming in the wrong soup.... Kid A is a work of deliberately inky, often irritating obsession.
  6. 70
    Yes, they tried something different, but they kept it accessible. Just as with the last album's guitar-rock-on-tranquilizers, if Kid A's mood music changes the world it will be precisely because it is mainstream, not because it is revolutionary.
  7. Resonance
    30
    A record that might've been amazing if the band had only bothered to write some actual songs. [#28, p. 62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 255
  1. Poppy
    Mar 2, 2006
    10
    The best
  2. alfonsof
    Feb 12, 2004
    10
    they remind me of the beatles...
  3. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    Upon first listen I can see why old school Radiohead fans won't like this album, I didn't either. After a few listens though the album grew onUpon first listen I can see why old school Radiohead fans won't like this album, I didn't either. After a few listens though the album grew on me. Radiohead took a leap of faith here by making an album totally opposite of their past masterpieces (The Bends & OK Computer). This transition kind of reminds me of Dylan going acoustic. His loyal folk fan base was horrified and didn't want anything to do with him after that. Thankfully artists make music for themselves and what that is and what the fans want may be two different things. If artists just stuck to their roots we they would never be able to grow intellectually and musically. Kid A is a fantastic album and is well worthy of all the praise it has and continues to receive and "Everything In It's Right Place" is one of the best songs of all time. Expand
  4. JasonB
    Apr 29, 2007
    10
    A modern classic. Original and thought provoking with loads of depth. Not to be judged until after two or three listens at minimum.
  5. Apr 29, 2013
    10
    For some odd reason, "Kid A" was the first Radiohead album I ever listened to. For not starting with albums like "The Bends", or "OKFor some odd reason, "Kid A" was the first Radiohead album I ever listened to. For not starting with albums like "The Bends", or "OK Computer", the average music lover would think that my reaction to Kid A would be mixed, or negative. Now, it's one of my all time favorites. In 2000, I heard of the monumental critical success of the record, and decided to give it a listen. Kid A is an artful album in many ways, blending alternative rock, jazz fusion, IDM, ambient and electronica all into one record. It seems like a hard thing to do, but somehow, Radiohead managed to pull it off, and create a near perfect record. Kid A is an album that represents a generation, the 60's had Sgt. pepper, the 70's had Dark Side Of The Moon, the 80's had London Calling, the 90's had Nevermind, and the 2000's? We have Kid A. Expand
  6. Feb 1, 2021
    10
    THIS ALBUM CHANGED MUSIC. Bold claim,yes? Even so it's indisputable. The acclaimed radiohead still recovering from the suffocating success andTHIS ALBUM CHANGED MUSIC. Bold claim,yes? Even so it's indisputable. The acclaimed radiohead still recovering from the suffocating success and acclaim of 'ok computer' went into isolation and emerged at the beginning of a millennium with the end of radiohead as we knew them. Thom had recovered enough from the pressure a follow up presented. The experimentation demonstrated on this wasn't without precision. Everything fits together so well the album feels preordained and inevitable. In my mind it tells a story of a cold future where the beginning, period and end of an apocalypse happen in the 49+min. From the electronic sinister opener or the peace of 'how to dissapear completely ' and the panic of 'idioetique' we are exposed to the genius of Thom and the talent of his band. Not a single moment is wasted in this iconic record that is infamously snubbed at the 2000 grammy's AOTY . When this album was conceived Thom aimed to dismantle the preconceptions attached to the group and by doing so created something so divisive and unanimous the applause and boo's are equal in their praise settimg a standard for artists deciding to take a new route. Favourites:idioetique, kid a,how to dissapear completely, motion picture soundtrack, optimistic Expand
  7. lewist
    May 12, 2006
    0
    this album is fucking awful.

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