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Amnesiac

Radiohead

2001

Amnesiac

Album Summary

Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 30 May 2001 by EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records. It was recorded with producer Nigel Godrich in the same sessions as Radiohead's previous album Kid A (2000); Radiohead split the work in two as they felt it was too dense for a double album. As with Kid A, Amnesiac incorporates influences from electronic music, 20th-century classical music, jazz and krautrock. The final track, "Life in a Glasshouse", is a collaboration with the jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton and his band. After having released no singles for Kid A, Radiohead promoted Amnesiac with the singles "Pyramid Song" and "Knives Out", accompanied by music videos. Videos were also made for "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors" and "Like Spinning Plates", and "I Might Be Wrong", which was released as a promotional single. In June 2001, Radiohead began the Amnesiac tour, incorporating their first North American tour in three years. Amnesiac debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the US Billboard 200. By October 2008, it had sold over 900,000 copies worldwide. It is certified platinum in the UK, the US and Canada, and gold in Japan. Though some critics felt it was too experimental or less cohesive than Kid A, or saw it as a collection of outtakes, it received positive reviews; it was named one of the year's best albums by numerous publications. Amnesiac was nominated for the Mercury Prize and several Grammy Awards, winning for Best Recording Package for the special edition. "Pyramid Song" was named one of the best tracks of the decade by Rolling Stone, NME and Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone ranked Amnesiac number 320 in their 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Kid A Mnesia, an anniversary reissue compiling Kid A, Amnesiac and previously unreleased material, was released in 2021.

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Rating

3.44

Votes

3222

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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5

It's not just Radiohead. On Life in a Glasshouse it's Radiohead and jazz/comedy legend Humphrey Lyttleton. Which is enough that I want to give it five stars regardless! People often see this album as the poorer sibling of Kid A, but I suspect that had they been released in the opposite order people would feel the opposite way.

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5

Kid B. I have a hard time separating Kid A from Amnesiac since they are almost siblings, but it's another classic Radiohead album for sure. Like Kid A, this one took me longer to get into but eventually I came around. I would have loved to be a Radiohead fan when this came out, alas it was before my time.

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5

After years of waiting, I jumped in the river and what did I see? Barn doors, revolving doors, sliding doors, secret doors and trap doors. Come on, come on Holy Roman Empire! Have yourself a good time, there's nothing at all. If you'd been a dog, they would have drowned you at birth. Cut the kids in half, be constructive with your blues. This just feels like spinning plates, that's a strange mistake to make.

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5

Every bit as good as Kid A and perhaps more enjoyable. Amnesiac doesn't have the same dense overarching structure to wade through, but still maintains a richly textured atmosphere. Almost like something between OK Computer and Kid A. Best of both worlds if you ask me.

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5

I do remember a time when there was no Amnesiac and only Kid A. Whit the passing of the time, there seems to be a conception of the two albums being tied, but at the time it was a complete different experience. It was more cryptic but in a way more interesting than its predecessor. I remember countless hours listening to this on my Sony discman. I remember once going to the rooftop and seeing the moon rise behind the clouds while listening to Pyramid Song. I guess I was at a melancholic stage of my teenage years, but I got something out of this record that did not get from Kid A or OK Computer. You and Whose Army? Still gets me every damn time (we ride tonight ghost horses!) same with Life In a Glass House, of which just the other day a listened to the extended version which I had not heard in a few years, what a delight! Many tend to think of Amnesiac as a lesser work than other Radiohead records but I can’t see why, it is one of the greatest records I have ever had the pleasure to listen, I love songs like Hunting Bears or Like Spinning Plates (of course I like the live version better but who doesn’t?) I love that half-forgotten / half remembered sound in Knives Out and Morning bell. Do you remember that amazing video clip they did for Pyramid Song? Damn that ending with the diver staying underwater and cutting the oxygen line will haunt me forever. There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt…

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2

As the title suggests; completely forgettable.

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5

A classic I already loved

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5

It’s clear to me how impactful this album was to so many modern albums based on how familiar it sounded despite never listening to it fully before.

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5

Epic!

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5

Just beautiful

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5

Somehow this isn’t in my Radiohead top 3. With most other bands this ranking would’ve meant a good but not GREAT album. That isn’t the case here. I would have liked for a couple of the tracks to be a bit more focused, but with Pyramid Song, Knives Out and Life in a Glasshouse appearing on this thing… Who actually gives a shit? Best: Pyramid Song / I Might Be Wrong / Knives Out Worst: Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors / Hunting Bears

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5

For virtually any other band, Amnesiac would be the definitive magnum opus. With Radiohead, you can make a somewhat reasonable claim that it doesn't even belong in a list of their top 5 albums. I won't make such a claim. 'You and Whose Army', 'I Might Be Wrong' and 'Knives Out' is a strong contender for the best 3 track-stretch in their entire discography.

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5

I hate that I like this

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5

Wonderful, almost perfect, one of my favourite bands ever, and was always going to score well. Listening to it again, I was reminded why I loved it first time around, and it has to be five stars (at least!) Pyramid song and you and whose army are stand outs, even in an album so flawless

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5

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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5

Nice sibbling of Kid A and equally brilliant. Thom Yorke's voice cuts through your soul and variety in music styles is fascinating. Only reason Kid A is bit better is How.To Disappear Completely, but easily 5 stars for Amnesiac too. The 3 times I saw them life are moments to cherish.

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5

4.5 rounded up to 5 - hard to believe this isn't even in my top Radiohead albums and yet is so good

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5

A good album by one of my favorite bands, but not necessarily to the level of most of their catalogue. Still great compared to most other bands. 4.5/5

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4

It's not my favourite radiohead album, but I think it's a little underrated. Kid A is one of my favourite albums of all time, and it's a hard act to follow and not just sound like Kid A Lite. However this still has some great tracks on it, although it's not quite as consistent as some of their other albums. Pyramid song is a masterpiece, and life in a glass house is a standout jazzy mess (in a good way).

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4

A lot of good stuff on here. A few songs feel too bare/experimental for me, but the classic Radiohead sound and creativity are very much present. Minus a point for a lot of the lyrics kinda not making any sense. 7/10

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4

Before only listened to OK Computer and some tracks from The Bends, so I was expecting something similar to these records. But this one has a completely different sound to it. The vibe of this record is really melancholic even for Radiohead. I think Pyramid Song might be up there in the list of the saddest songs I've heard. The sadness just covers you like a fluffy blanket when this tune comes on. In this record the band tried to create a special atmosphere. There are a couple interludes consisting of weird sounding electronic soundscapes that connect the songs together and create a special mood. Even though the band tried to diversify the record a bit by adding a some semi-upbeat sounding moments, the pacing still seemed slow to me. In some moments I caught myself wanting to turn the record off, but some cool melodies and song ideas always stopped me from doing that. Overall I was left impressed by the band's eagerness to experiment and redefine their sound

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4

Dimi zei: slecht... ik geef het daarom een 4

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4

Need to listen more to get the full benefit. Can tell it is going to be a good 'un.

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4

I'm not convinced by this. I don't think it's their best.

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4

4.5/5. Melon's wrong, this might be top 3

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4

Amnesiac is the album that made me a fan of Radiohead. Obviously a continuation of Kid A, this a great album to listen to preferably alone, at night, and with good headphones.

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4

Amnesiac has a magnificent couple of ending pieces and its consistency puts it strictly ahead of Kid A. Even the more pop-oriented tracks have funky mixing and appendices galore. This sits in the same sonic category as this year's We, which I also quite enjoyed. Abstract, existing warm fuzzies for the band, pretentious influences, etc. Good music.

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4

En-trancing

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4

should revisit this one. Lots going on.

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4

No es mi favorito

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4

Very much Radiohead. Not as good as OK computer but cool album.

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4

Want to listen to more Radiohead. Much less intense than I always thought it was.

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4

For being a glorified b sides record its a damn good one.

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4

Mooi maar moeilijk. Ik rond ‘m af naar boven.

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4

It took me a while to get into Radiohead, but this is a great album

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4

Un d'aquells discos que realment guanyen amb les escoltes. El to opressiu i angustiós encaixa bé amb l'atmósfera d'aïllament individual de començaments del mil.leni

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4

Kid A but weirder

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4

this is a great album, and as well as the noise/electronica there are some more conventional and very beautiful songs that would fit into Ok Computer or In Rainbows. Definitely start here for the 'difficult Radiohead' rather than Kid A.

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3

Kinda pretentious, but not awful. 3 stars.

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3

Amnesiac is the fifth album by English rock band Radiohead. The album is highly acclaimed and is certified platinum in the UK and US. Musically, it has the same vibes as the band's previous album Kid A, so electronica, jazz, and krautrock influences are included along with the band's signature alternative rock. This further divided fans along whether you preferred this new style of music, or the band's earlier straight forward rock music. I was left conflicted about this album because I have liked every previous Radiohead album. It's similar to Kid A, but some songs don't feel flushed out - almost like they were thrown together last minute or even that they were unwanted songs from Kid A that didn't get much additional care. The patchiness of the album almost took away from the highlights, but I still think this is a great album from Radiohead.

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3

Some great tracks, but not one of their great albums

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3

I didn’t hate this but it does kind of seem like “when geniuses faff around”. Most of the instrumental innovation struck me as merely electronic noodling. Only the last track really stood out as striking new ground.

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3

It’s no Kid A, but it’s also still good.

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3

I think I'm just tired of his whiny voice.

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3

Starts off great. Love the feel of PLSIACTB. Not the Radiohead I'm used to. Mixed with some stuff I am used to. I dig the experimental shit.

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3

Indie rock. Un poco tostón. Ni fu ni fa.

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3

Seems like they're trying to do a bit much with this one. Ok but not great.

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3

Good album, I liked the end more then the beginning. Another thing you can put on and chill while having dinner with friends

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3

Nearly gave a 1 after first few tracks

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3

Not big on Radiohead

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3

Mellow. Good but nothing special. Was a really nice chill background album but after 2 hours I remember literally nothing about it. Probably a 3.

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3

Hoewel ik een groot bewonderaar van Radiohead ben, blijf ik dit een moeilijk album vinden. Er staan echt een aantal parels op, maar ook veel weirde dingen waar ik niet zoveel mee kan. 3 sterren dus.

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3

Radiohead is quite experimental on this album; everything has an ethereal feeling about it that is quite entrancing. The tracks on this album was incredibly cohesive; they went together and felt like one big piece of art. That is to say, even their experimental work seems very themed and works well when put together. Still, while the theme and the album cohesion seems spot on, I still found this album to be a little bit improvisational and drawn out. This album was definitely a fascinating listen, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

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3

Mummbly nasaly York croons over lush backing music. Not bad.

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3

Þessi er ágæt. Ábyggilega fín til að hafa í bakgrunni við lærdóm.

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3

Low three.

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3

Rock un tanto psicodélico con buena voz, melodías un tanto raras y un estilo un tanto extraño

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3

Life in a Glasshouse- fab. Really liked this track.

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3

What a trippy and slick electronica. It's too interesting to be compared to an elevator music. It's quite fun and great in some places. A hit and miss. But that's the point of experimental rock right? I knew it's the "sibling" of their beloved album, "Kid A", but personally, it doesn't have the "outtakes" vibe. It's an album on its own, and a slightly boring one.

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2

I try to like it but it's just so depressing. I can see it worming it's way into your brain on multiple plays, but I just can't do that to myself.

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2

i'm disappointed i didn't care for this album. i listened to it several times in the hopes i would change my mind. this album's sound was beautiful and took you on a journey, but i think it was too lethargic and mellow for me. my teammate said this album had an "ethereal" sound, which i wholeheartedly agree. all songs connect with each other through the mellow tone. i was impressed with "life in a glasshouse." i enjoyed the addition of the humphrey lyttelton band to add some great jazz to that song! "knives out" has got to be the stand out and puts me right in my emo feelings. but overall, a lackluster album.

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2

Better than I recall, but I just can shake that "Kid A offcuts" feel. Also, knowing what happened next, it looks like a lazy way to complete their EMI contract. Sure, 'Sardines', 'Pyramid Song' and 'Knives Out' are good songs, but everything else is throwaway, apologies to the late Humph. The world didn't a second version of Morning Bell.

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2

Niin tyypillistä Radioheadia, johon en oikeen ikinä oo päässy sisälle. Mun korvaan tekotaiteellinen klangi

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2

Blaah, omaan makuun aivan liian taiteellista paskaa

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2

2 stars

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2

I couldn’t get into this one. Very experimental. Similar to Kid A, but not as good.

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2

4/10. I just don't really understand the appeal of Radiohead.

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1

Szpile w glowie czesc druga

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1

Wholly unforgettable album with more droning 'soundtrack to my photo memories' songs that have no discernible difference. Not for me 😂

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Is this a house or industrial album? Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors is very odd. This feels pretty irritating. God I hate Thom Yorke. Dollars And Cents is self important, self indulgent, and fucking boring. Living In A Glass House is way out in nowhere in context of the rest of this album.

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Radiohead haven't released anything worthwhile since 1997

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