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Kid A

Radiohead

2000

Kid A

Album Summary

Kid A is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 2 October 2000 by Parlophone. It was recorded with producer Nigel Godrich in Paris, Copenhagen, Gloucestershire and their hometown of Oxford, England. Radiohead considered releasing the material as a double album, but decided it was too dense; a second album of material from the sessions, Amnesiac, was released eight months later. After the stress of promoting Radiohead's acclaimed 1997 album OK Computer, songwriter Thom Yorke wanted to diverge from rock music. Drawing influence from electronic music, ambient music, krautrock, jazz, and 20th-century classical music, Radiohead used instruments such as modular synthesisers, ondes Martenot, brass and strings. They processed guitar sounds, incorporated samples and loops, and manipulated their recordings with software such as Pro Tools and Cubase. Yorke wrote impersonal and abstract lyrics, cutting up phrases and assembling them at random. Kid A was widely anticipated. In a departure from industry practice, Radiohead released no singles or music videos and conducted few interviews and photoshoots. Instead, they became one of the first major acts to use the internet as a promotional tool; Kid A was made available to stream and was promoted with short animated films featuring music and artwork. Bootlegs of early performances were shared on filesharing services, and the album was leaked before release. In 2000, Radiohead toured Europe in a custom-built tent without corporate logos. Kid A debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart, and became Radiohead's first number-one album on the Billboard 200 in the US, where it sold more than 207,000 copies in its first week. Its departure from Radiohead's earlier sound divided fans and critics, and some dismissed it as pretentious, deliberately obscure, or derivative. However, it later attracted acclaim; at the end of the decade, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the Times ranked Kid A the greatest album of the 2000s, and in 2020 Rolling Stone ranked it number 20 on its updated list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Like OK Computer, it won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It has been certified platinum in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the US and the UK. Kid A Mnesia, an anniversary reissue compiling Kid A, Amnesiac and previously unreleased material, was released in 2021.

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Rating

3.72

Votes

5641

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Wed Nov 18 2020
5

One of the greatest albums ever. Radiohead going experimental because they didn’t like their own rock sound anymore and not disappointing at all, this whole album is just an experience with beautiful songs. Everytime I hear this album my mind gets blown again. 10/10

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

This was released around the same time my first born entered this miserable world. Joan and I would often refer to her as Kid A. How we would laugh. The Radiohead theme would continue, as when Hail to the Thief was released, that same child had recently been kidnapped, never to be seen alive again, which was a welcome relief, as she was a right little prick. How we laughed. Police investigations came to a head in 2011. Several dismembered body parts belonging to my daughter had been found in the local woods. Imagine our faces when we were told this news as Radiohead released King of Limbs. We could barely hold back our laughter.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

More drones than the Obama administration

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

Really good ! I was listening like three songs deep and I was like I get Radiohead now and I understand how artists like frank ocean are inspired by them and then that one track hit which he sampled in one of the interludes in nostalgia , ULTRA. Where the girl is like “what is a Radiohead?” 🤣🤣 And I was like damn bro i got the vision like that ?! Anyways crazy album to listen, lots of atmosphere, I feel like I’m in space like odyssey 3000! My favourite song first listen is The National Anthem that shit is nuts

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

With Kid A, Radiohead went directly from inventing and mastering a variant of modern prog rock with OK Computer to fully assimilating the innovations of Aphex Twin and harnessing them to a new form of pop music. It's one of the most astonishing one-two punches in all of rock history. Even more amazing is the subtlety and depth of human feeling Radiohead brings to electronica. Kid A is hypnotic and dreamlike. It also sounds gorgeous, which producer Nigel Godrich probably deserves a lot of the credit for. It's also brilliantly sequenced. I should mention that electronica is not the only influence here. There's Mingus, ambient, a brief appearance of guitar rock, and even an orchestra, but it's all subsumed and blended into as cohesive an artistic statement as I've ever heard. Stunning on every level.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
1

I have no clue why people like radiohead. this is as boring as it gets. yeah creep was a good song but it was a real one-off. 0/5.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

I know this one by heart

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

I mean. This is already downloaded on my phone and in many of my playlists. Awesome album. Would give 8/5 stars if possible. "Motion Picture Soundtrack" alone is a beautiful song.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Every Track In Its Right Place. Sublime

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

Revolutionary, ambitious, emotional, raw. Beep boop noises make me want to break it down.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

only marginally better than Our Kid Eh by the shirehorses. a proper headphones album, i've put the CD on in the car (shove your spotify) and it really doesn't work in that situation, but with headphones on this is a masterpiece.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

atmorpshere lik e parmesan chees

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Fuck. It's weird seeing one of the albums that actually changed me as a person here. Obviously this is a 5/5 album for me. It's one of the albums that I would have given as an example of what a 5/5 album looks like. For me, it felt like rock n' roll was on a linear path until this album, and then it could no longer go on that path, for better or for worse. While the radio was trying to shove Puddle of Mudd down my throat, I had this masterpiece to listen to. It just feels special, right from those first notes. Then these alien samples start to accompany the tones. Then Thom's voice pierces through. "Everything in its right place" This album manages to be so strange and so familiar at the same time. The only real problem I have with it is that I've listened to it so many times that it's hard to actively savor it. Every time I notice the album, another song has gone by. Still, every time I tune in, there are amazing things happening 5/5

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

What an absolutely transformative album. The first three tracks were too much noodle and clang for me to feel anything other than cold and sad indifference - a little too weird for me to really enjoy. How to Disappear Completely burrowed into my soul. Treefingers expanded through me. I wanted to just lay down with my eyes closed and listen, focus. I'm at a spa, floating, inside a computer at a perfect ambient temperature. I emerged on another plane. I was on the ride until Idioteque, which brought be back to my earthly body. Motion Picture Soundtrack is beautiful, and I was genuinely sad to find the end of the album. Had a nice sit in silence after, what can you even play to follow it?

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Greater than the sum of its parts. It can be skeletal at times, but also larger than life. It's cold and dark, but conveys so much emotion through the movements of the music. Every little piece of the puzzle matters and was well thought out, from the swells of strings on How to Disappear Completely, to the transition between Optimistic to In Limbo. A 10/10 album experience. Favourite Tracks: all of them

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

The start of something different from Radiohead. Split their fan base massively. In truth, this is quite brilliant, uncommercial and unrepentant, more Radiohead than Radiohead. Still sounds fresh and novel, standing the test of time well, full of unusual time signatures, orchestrations and samples, it’s a modern classic. Top tracks: everything in its right place, the national anthem, how to disappear completely, optimistic, morning bell, motion picture soundtrack

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Three points:- Kid A is probably actually Kid D in terms of Radiohead album rankings. Kid A is number one son Chris McCormick. This album is too old for Robert Plant's taste.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

My favorite album of all time.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

enjoyed this a lot through headphones, speakers didn't deliver the same experience

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Iconic. Infinitely iconic.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

I have not a bad thing to say about this album. It’s a beautiful collection of ambient music, punctuated with the perfect amount of noise. I have been reading a little about the critical response to this album, which is fairly hilarious. Radiohead got slammed for straying too far from their established sound *and* for not straying far enough and being derivative. It’s not the bravest, most revolutionary piece of music ever made, but it represents a real inflection point in their sound and it has aged really well over the past 20 years. I appreciate that they chose to openly challenge themselves musically and take their audience along for the ride. Not many artists are willing to do that at the height of their popularity. Fave songs: Idioteque, Kid A, The National Anthem

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Good, sad, atmospheric.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

Giving it a 5 because there isn't an option for more. Ambitious, fearless and original.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

An unforgettable masterpiece, produced by a band at the height of their powers and unconstrained by thoughts of satisfying their legions of fans. Each new release from Radiohead after "OK Computer" seemed designed to reduce the adoration and thin out their audience. "Kid A" saw me still staying on board.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Absolute shocker, as I had listened to it before. But the ATMOSPHERE. This album has such an exquisite sound scape, and while I do not think any individual song would be in my rotation normally, somehow the album will.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

It's Kid, fricking A. What more do I need to say? I will say that this is an album everyone should experience at some point in their lives. Sure, you may be peeved of by the pretentious nature many people who praise this can come across, but it's totally worth it. I may have favorites, but each track on here embodies its own world to me, each with a unique atmosphere compared to the rest. For that reason, and its incredible production, is why I love this so much Favorites: Everything In Its Right Place, The National Anthem, How to Disappear Completely, Optimistic, Idioteque, Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Trippy and spacey. Feels like floating. Never really listened to Radiohead aside from their big songs. Definitely a good listen. Will revisit!

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

One of the most important rock albums ever made, completely changing the trajectory of the band. An almost ethereal listen from start to finish.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

This album was an experience. I wanted to lie down on my bed and close my eyes and be with it. It felt almost cinematic, like I was on a journey for this whole album it flowed so well, such interesting sound. This would be a great album to trip to honestly. Favourite songs: Everything in it's right place, Treefingers, Idioteque, Motion picture soundtrack

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

All timer.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Familiar yet strange. Relentlessly atmospheric. Sterile, bulky and complex yet to the point and simple at the same time. Fav songs: Everything in its right place, Optimistic, Idiotheque

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Fri Dec 25 2020
4

9/10, Seminal Radiohead album, and the best, what cemented them as the greatest modern band within recent memory

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

Mais um ótimo disco do Radiohead. produção impecável. Sem tantos hits, mas demonstra bem o caminho musical deles

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

So my next album is Kid A by Radiohead. It has been a long time since I've listened to this. I was reading about this and how many Radiohead fans of the day were so gobsmacked by OK Computer - that it wasn't what we had wanted. Then I was reading about Rockism, and how people believe guitar based rock and roll is the highest form of musical art. I remember how they released this on the Internet and I had many friends who purchased it online. I did my best at the time to appreciate it. It was not accessible at all, and I wanted it to be a certain way. And with age and wisdom I see that was not an especially fair thing to do to a band. And evidenced by how much I enjoyed 'Moon Shaped Pool' their most recent album - I should have been more open minded. They have proven themselves to a be a band that confounds expectations and still produce some great work. I'm already thinking about this album is not easy to jump into, and I'm only 2 songs in. I think it's something I will have to live with for a while to get what it's putting across. On a cold and snowy morning, listening to Kid A on the way into work is an interesting experience. It made my highway driving on I-95 feel more cinematic. I'm enjoying this album the deeper I get into the tracks. I listened to Moon Shaped Pool quite a lot in the last few years. And I listened to OK Computer endlessly. I can see this album being a bridge between those two worlds and it's sounding good to me. It feels like a Radiohead morning. I'm not sure what that means exactly. Maybe it's the gray weather, or maybe the snow, or perhaps the cube farm I'm sitting in. It might be the fluorescent lighting. It's helping to make sense of my world.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

I'm a bit late to the Radiohead party but after repeated listenings its slowing worming its way into my head. I think OK Computer is more accessible, and Kid A is a shift towards a more experimental sound, but it is equally good if you give it a chance. I like the Mingus influence in The National Anthem and Everything in its right place is a pretty good song to kick off the album.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

I’m not sure where to start with this one. Is it a good album? Sure, yes, absolutely. See my rating. Is it the game changing, greatest record of all time that a lot of people like to say it is? I don’t think so. There’s an argument to made (and Radiohead fans, in my experience, usually don’t want to hear it) that there were other bands operating in very similar spaces as Kid A long before Radiohead. They just ended up being the right band, at the right time, with the right level of success to make an experimental album like Kid A a hit, especially coming off the success of OK Computer. Again, I think this is a good record. I don’t want to come off as down playing the quality of this release. I’m just not sure it deserves its reputation as a “game changing, no one has ever done anything like this” record. As an example, “Djed”, the 20 minute opener from Tortoise’s 1996 classic album Millions Will Never Die blends many of the same elements (glitchy electronica, jazz, krautrock, ambient and minimalism) and, in my opinion, makes for a more interesting listen than a lot of Kid A. (See also: Stereolab’s Dots and Loops LP from 1998) I’ll skip talking about the Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada influence that you’ll see in other reviews on this page. I have the feeling that if you were in tune to other experimental rock and electronic music in the late 90’s (or prior to hearing Kid A) you probably heard this record and thought, “What’s the big deal? They’re just doing what half the bands I listen to have been doing for years.” If you were coming at it from a more traditional rock perspective, without preexisting knowledge of experimental rock or IDM, I can see this record blowing minds. That said, I’m sure there are people who fall into the former category who also had their minds blown by Kid A and people who see Kid A as their gateway to experimental music. For that, Kid A’s greatest success was in its impact rather than its songs, I think. It proved that experimental rock could be successful in the mainstream.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Some amazing tracks such as everything and national anthem but a lot of it leaves me cold - gimme the Bends any day of the week

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

A lot of cool stuff on it but also too many tracks that don't really go anywhere.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Totally not my favourite Radiohead album but its very well crafted and recorded. Easy to put this on in the background and just blend right into it.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

I wish I could be as "into" this as I feel like I'm supposed to be. Like - is this cool and I'm not cool because I don't think it's cool? Or is the music inherently not cool, and that's what makes it cool - unless I think it's cool, then I'm a loser? What drives a band to never play their most popular song in public again because too many people liked it? It must be that cool = not cool? Regardless, based purely on it's musical merits, I like this album. Admittedly, some of it is too "out there" for me, but a lot of it is quite good. I especially liked Iditoteque and Morning Bell. I at least appreciate the rest of it. Overall, it's pretty cool (or it's not). I don't know.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Everybody loves Kid A. And, in the grand scheme of things I guess I do too. But I think it's in the middle-third of Radiohead records. At the time of its release it was so important for me to see a guitar-based band eschew all that for a completely electronic sound. Because they had hooked me with OK Computer and The Bends and there was no turning back for me. So they pried open my mind. They pried open a lot of minds at the end of the 90s, a decade that saw rock music go from the fresh/raw grunge revolution to the gaping yawn of new-metal and Nickleback. Radiohead made it feel like there had been a fork in the road and a lot of bands chose the wrong path so far back that they'd never be able to backtrack and catch up. If that makes sense. I love this record for that. There are beautiful sounds that I find calming but Annie has confirmed that this record actually sounds like anxiety. She's probably right. One other important note: this was recorded at the same time as Amensiac. Kid A is an objectively better record, but I prefer Amnesiac more. They could have been a double LP together. But instead were released about a year apart. Interesting choice and one that honestly gave people the ability to digest the monumental change without feeling overwhelmed or glossing over tracks that would've seemed like filler on a double LP.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

It’s alright. I’ve heard this one a couple times before and I really want to like it because of the hype as well as my liking for Radiohead. I would expect the album known to be the most experimental Radiohead album (I think) to be at least ONE OF my favorites. But it’s one of my least favorites. I just find it fairly boring. I’m not in love with all of the sounds which could have been it’s saving grace. I’m sure it fits a certain situation perfectly but I haven’t been there yet haha. Hahaha robot sounds hahahaha

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Tue Mar 29 2022
3

I expected to hate this album. And there were times when I started to feel the hate flow through me. But, somehow, Radiohead managed to bring it back around before it got too bad. Is it pretentious? Hell yes. SO very pretentious. Is it repetitive? ||: Yes. :|| Is it a noisy mess sometimes? Again, absolutely. But, for some reason, it's still not totally off-putting. In fact, a lot of the album is actually engaging and fun. So, while I didn't love it, I certainly didn't hate it. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was pretty alright on balance.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Hot take as a Radiohead fan but the hype around this album has well eclipsed its musical worth. That’s not to say I hate this album - it still contains several of my fav RH tracks and sees the band continuing the radical experimentation started on OKC on their way through to In Rainbows. Mostly brilliant technically, though the mix of synths and guitars is a bit lopsided and makes the album feel a little bit short of gelling as a sum of its parts. Rather, the issue is that I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m tired of the never-ending Pitchfork/Stereogum/Reddit rehash of how Kid A is such a great album when there’s never any deeper level of discourse about it. I don’t understand why the music community collectively wanks over this specific LP so hard when its predecessor was much more daring and Rainbows was a much more well-realized album as opposed to Thom Yorker’s First Go at a Synthesizer (Plus Some Guitars). This album has become such a sticking point for entry into the band as a whole as well, and it makes me a little sad I see people put off by the circlejerking over this album as it just completely crowds out any wider discourse on the actual music or band itself. Maybe I’m just a salty Amnesiac fan who gets mad that the sister LP to this release gets completely shafted when it’s the much more expressive and organized released, who knows? But in any case, can we please collectively agree to put any further discussion of this album on ice until we have some actually meaningful things to say about it?

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

I wanted to love this album. I came away not hating it. I found myself getting distracted during the album when I should have been listening. It was a bit “noodle” for my taste and didn’t really speak to me in any meaningful way

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Dreary album but had some bright spots 4/10

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Mon Mar 21 2022
2

The album which convinced me I am not a Radiohead fan.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

It almost feels unfair that I should be rating this album, because I honestly don't get Radiohead. Kid A was the big one kicking about when I was at university, and so I know it almost through osmosis. Didn't get the appeal then, don't get the appeal now. I fundamentally think I'm hardwired to dislike this band.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

My heart sank. I don’t know what it is about me and Radiohead but I just don’t get the hype, and especially not for this album. I don’t even like the Mark & Lard’s The Shirehorses spoof album “Our Kid Eh” which has very little Radiohead related content. Go figure.

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Sat Nov 14 2020
1

Fucking random noise and incomprehensible singing. Can't stand anything by Radiohead

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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

No good. And experiment gone bad.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
1

I just cannot get into radiohead

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

I hate this so much.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

This is just weird. Not good at all. 1/10

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Tue Feb 16 2021
1

no maam

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

Overrated

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Wed Jan 20 2021

Great

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Wed Nov 18 2020
5

Amazing

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Amazing

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Masterpiece

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Superb. Cannot be faulted.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Every single song is so well-crafted.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I mean, c'mon.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Some great tunes. Usual Radiohead album

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

eerie cool makes me feel like i’m in a movie

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I remember where I was on October 2nd, 2000 at midnight: buying this album in a record store on Massachusetts St. in Lawrence. Then back to my room mate Andrew's room to listen to the album 2 times in a row in total silence. My favorite track off this and perhaps my favorite Radiohead track of all time is The National Anthem. When that kicks in it's fucking go time.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

What’s not to like about Radiohead 💕 definite throwback to college stoner listening party vibes. #SoEdgy 🤣

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

Experimental/alternative rock. Great use of ambience and space, but some tracks suffer from a lack of forward momentum and could benefit from delving into post-rock timbre. 9/10

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Not my favorite Radiohead album. But one of the best and most innovative albums ever produced.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Es war die perfekteste Weiterentwicklung und Häutung einer an sich schon in olympischen Höhen regierenden Rockband, die mit Kid A ein verstörendes, flirrendes und tieftrauriges Meisterwerk geschaffen hat. So artifiziell war seither keines ihrer Alben mehr, kehrten sie doch nach Besteigung dieses eisig-knisternden Gipfels quasi auf bekannte und weite Weiden ihres seit OK Computer abgesteckten Gebietes zurück. Man kann Kid A als Kind seiner Zeit bezeichnen, in der Elelectronic Acts wie Múm und DNTL zunehmende Popularität erlangten, Elektroclash die Grenzen zwischen Indie/Electro verwischten und Thom Yorke kurz darauf ein Boiler Room Set vom Stapel riss. Und doch ist Kid A mehr als nur das; viel weiter draußen, weiter weg kann man sich nicht dem Gefallen-wollen entziehen und dabei so abseitig-wunderschön klingen. Bspw. wäre „Idioteque“ von seiner Anlage her ein Kandidat für den dancefloor, aber ich tippe auf einen Haufen dürrer Fledermäuse, der sich hierzu fahl im Takt wiegen würde. Natürlich wurde die Gitarre nicht verbannt, nur nutzt Johnny Greenwood ein flächigeres Farbspiel und sprengt damit das Spektrum seiner Blues-orientierten Riffs. Dazwischen brummelt, fiept, knarzt und droned es vor sich hin und hin und wieder brechen Sonnenstrahlen durch vereiste Geäst. Ich verscharre in kalter Erde für die Ewigkeit 5 ganze Punkte

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Loved it

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

excelente música

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Tää on mun hyllyn timantteja ollut lapsuusiän, ei voi antaa kuin vitosen :) tätä on corollassa popiteltu :DD

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Intense, experimental and cohesive. Great album.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Another solid album by Radiohead.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Their best, experimental but accessible

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Radiohead’s best!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Uno de mis grupos británicos favoritos. Discazo de rock alternativo con mucha electrónica de por medio.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

So good

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Classic.

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Classic.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Altogether gorgeous and moving and there's so many GOOD sounds it feels like an electronic dreamland. The ending track ;-; beautiful! Better than OK Computer, in my opinion.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

One of the greatest albums of all time. How To Disappear Completely may be the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard. Absolutely brilliant songwriting and performances on every track.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

No puedo ser objetivo, es un abrazo en el frío el disco más "inorgánico" de Radiohead es el más humano.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Intense

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

Enorm gevarieerd album met de typische Radiohead-sound, al zij het iets elektronischer. Ik was blij dat deze tevoorschijn kwam deze ochtend, zeer verdiende rating!

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

4.5 (5)

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

5.0 + The Pitchfork review sums up the awesomeness of this album better than I ever could. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/6656-kid-a/

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. My favorite radiohead album (I think). I love the rhythms, I love the melodic track/s (optimistic). The whole thing is excellent

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

Awesome as always.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

This is just so good, it just carries the right tone and is fairly easily divorced from it's initial meaning - perfect for projecting your own mood onto and letting it carry you. Maybe another elusive 5 star

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

One of the all-time greatest rock history entries. A masterclass of innovation. A top 3 favourite for sure.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Masterpiece.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

It doesn't seem as radical now for a guitar band to make this but still 20 years later there's nothing that sounds like it. National Anthem and Idioteque my favourites

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Seriøst nok bedste album åbner nogensinde. På min egen top 20 favoritter. In Rainbows er nok deres eneste bedre album. Men stadig 5 stjerner, klart. Det jo kunst altså

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

One of my top 5

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

I've never listened to this album the entire way through. I didn't feel cool enough for radio head in high school. Melancholy but comforting. I get it.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Super inspiring stuff. As an alt-rock guy I might listen to earlier albums more (even Pablo Honey!), but this one is way more creative.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

It is forkin' great!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

El segundo de la tríada de discos perfectos de Radiohead (arrancando con OK computer). Cambio casi radical en el sonido pero aun así creando grandes canciones en el quizás mejor disco de esa decada.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Just so so good. Atmosphere, ups, downs, and everything you want.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

It's the Kid

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Braucht man eigentlich nicht viel dazu zu sagen. Über-Album.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

My history with Radiohead has been slightly iffy. Previously, I had only listened to one Radiohead album, OK Computer, which I only bothered with because it popped up on this playlist. I found the student politics and the record collection rock of OK Computer had dated pretty grimly, so I had little expectation that Kid A would be a genuinely excellent album. Yes, it's one of those turns-out-I-was-misguided reviews. I don't wish to spend my time comparing Kid A to OK Computer: I am not that interested in OK Computer. But I will say that lyrically Kid A is less obnoxious than earlier Radiohead efforts, as Thom Yorke spends less time declaring that he is saying something important. Indeed, the vocals oft seem tonal rather than expositionary, there to add aural texture rather than offload pronouncements. Indeed, although this sounds rather tautological, Kid A is very much sound-driven, as in side 2 of Low or Eno's ambient work. Oddly, I found it remarkably hospitable: the drive to explore noise is clearly far more endearing than sloganeering about one's carbon footprint. A revelation.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Honestly Motion Picture Soundtrack bumps it up like a full point for me. Just an absolutely beautiful send-off to an already solid album. 9/10

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Kenn ich

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

I know this album incredibly well already. It's a Radiohead classic that took them from being a good rock band, to being an incredible band.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Just wanders about a bit electronically and lets my mind do the same

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

One of my all time favourite albums

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Absolute masterpiece, deserves to be listened to in the dark with noise-cancelling headphones.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Toot toot it’s the SS Anxiety!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

The transitional record after the transitional record. A few self indulgent moments but generally awesome.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Everything in its right place, Optimistic, Idioteque, Morning bell

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

This goddamn album saw me at my smartest. It was all downhill from here.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Radiohead goes electronic and creates a masterpiece

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

I fucking love Radiohead <3 and their style of music

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Adorooooo

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Damn I love Radiohead. Haven't listened to Kid A for a while, tried to focus on the musical design and style of the songs to think about the album in a different way than usual. Still really liked it, very experimental, it felt like a piece of abstract art in a way.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

I lost all my notes. It's a good album.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

No matter what one thinks of Radiohead, this is one avant-guard album. I liked the band’s music before, but this signaled something much different. It remains one of my favorites.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

The best Radiohead album? I don't know. My favorite? Probably.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

This is one of my favorite albums, a great Earth Day eve listen. KID A is best experienced in a meditative state. On headphones it is glorious. Challenging in both theme and construction, it’s not a good choice for passively listening to while doing errands. What you will find here is an exceptional expression of our 21st century race towards self-destruction. Like the cover art, the music is an icy, cold exploration of existential dread. Even the song “Optimistic” is darkly so, with the refrain “You can try the best you can, The best you can is good enough” and closing with “Dinosaurs roaming the earth.” We can, it is and we are.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

This one took several times through. Listened over breakfast on speakers and just couldn't get enough volume --- wondered if speakers were somehow faulty. Tried again while I worked, on different speakers this time, and got more volume --- better but definitely blended into the background. Third time with headphones and I wish two things: (a) that I'd started with headphones, in a dark room on some nice cushions; and (b) that I'd listened without carrying the full weight of my expectations of Radiohead, a band I don't know much about apart from their reputation. Frankly, this is a much more interesting album than I would expect from a band that is so popular. Perhaps I've underestimated the masses. This is challenging music, not a care-free ride. Songs with nonstandard instrumentation and freaky time-signatures. Sometimes cacophonous, other times just nicely shifting ambient tones or a predictable bass groove. I wanted to hear the details, sometimes to crawl around inside the sounds and figure them out and at other times wanting to just float and let them carry me. And this is all without really hearing much of the lyrics. Maybe that's a whole other level of stuff? Anyway, I like this. A lot. And want to spend some more quality time with it.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

ett mästerverk?????

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Tråkig spaning. Fantastisk skiva. Mindre bangers än ok computer, men den här skivan har så mycket ljud och stämning som bara skär igenom.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

An amazing album. Everything in its right place and how to disappear are essentially enough for greatness, but optimistic and idioteque and other keep this exciting (and occasionally challenging) from start to finish.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Með mínum uppáhaldsplötum. Hlusta á hana mjög reglulega.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Fantastic

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Toen dit album uitkwam was ik echt over de pis: Dit was geen Radiohead! Ik wilde eigenlijk gewoon een OK Computer deel 2. Gelukkig zag de band zelf in dat dat ze echt op een dood spoor zou hebben gebracht en gooiden ze het roer volledig om. Gelukkig viel het kwartje bij mij ook vrij snel en nu is het 1 van mijn favoriete Radiohead platen. Echt heel tof!

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Sat May 07 2022
5

LP

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Tue May 10 2022
5

One of my favorite albums. The intro is my go to for testing any speaker setup

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Thu May 12 2022
5

I can't express what a weird and wonderful experience this album was for me in 2000 as a 16 year old. Suffice to say I listened to the whole of the Kid Amnesia box set, even the crappy outtakes today and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Classic

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Thu May 12 2022
5

What does one of the most successful Alt.-Rock bands of the 90s do as the followup to one of the most important and successful alt rock - albums of that decade? - They make an experimental electronic album. And it's awesome. But to appreciate it, listeners needed to do one thing: forget everything they knew about Radiohead up to that point - this is Radiohead reborn. As mentioned, this album is highly experimental, but remains accessible throughout at the same time (something that can't be said about the band's later album The King of Limbs). Every track is different, there is so much to discover here. I don't like every track equally well, but this album as a whole is almost iconic, it warrants 5/5.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Loved it when it came out, but barely listened because it felt so miserable. Still love it, and it's still miserable, but then so am I, so it's fine.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

How to disappear completely might just be the best song ever, and more than half of the others are in contention for a place in my top 100. I loved this album after the first couple of times I heard it, and have loved it ever since. Maybe my favourite Radiohead album, although there is plenty of competition! Could be 10 out of 5 in my book!

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Kid A is one of the most important album of the last 30 years. It was however, not made in a vacuum. Radiohead had long been influenced by electronic artists such as Aphex Twin, and sought to explore what music could be if one looked outside of conventional instrumentation and song structure. The result was this watershed album which managed to show Radiohead at their most electronic and experimental, while remaining deeply human.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

the best Radiohead album.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

I was there when this album came out - I remember the jaw dropping whiplash I got when I heard the follow to the more conventional OK Computer, and it's predecessor, The Bends. It had taken some time to grow on me, but this then become of my favourite ever albums - end to end, it's beautiful and well managed, and honestly a bit of a one of a kind. Rarely does an album contain so few pop cliches, yet still hook you on for it's entirety. It could very much be an instrumental as Thom Yorke's contribution here is mostly warbling and and rambling of a deranged stoner. But it's orchestrated perfectly, and even after all these years, there are lot of gems till to be discovered deep in the mix and musical arrangements. Cannot give it a lower rating than the maximum.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Absolutely excellent.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Yeah, like I’ll have anything clever to say about this.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Love this album.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

5 stars, only cause there’s no option to give 6. I’ll always remember showing up at Target before the store opened, getting in at opening, grabbing the disc, playing it in the parking lot, discovering the secret book tucked underneath the CD holder, and just soaking it all in.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Better than I thought it was

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

This is a fantastic album. I didn't really take to it at first, it being such a departure from the previous output, but it doesn't take many playthroughs before it's beauty begins to become apparent. A long-standing favourite.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

I see a lot of people say this is hard to listen to but this is pure experimental bliss with instrumentation that feels like I’m travelling with eerie sense of calm and tranquility. I absolutely adore the opener is it the main track that encapsulates that feeling for me, A lot of the lyrics seem forced and potentially edgy for edgy purposes, however a lot of them conjure evocative emotions which in essence is what lyrics are supposed to do. I understand now why this is the best album of the 2000s for many, ide give it a 9.5 out of 10 or higher depending on my mood.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

virgin, radiohead kinda missed wwiththat one lool

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Love Radiohead. I haven’t listened to this one much before, but I enjoyed it.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Wow! Love this album. This is the one Thom Yorke had writers block and gained inspiration from Aphex Twin and you can hear Richard D. James' fingerprints all over this. Truly inspired stuff and quite possibly Radiohead's best work. I found it strange that this is the one that broke them in America as it is one of their most experimental albums.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Before this project, I've once established a list of my 100 favorite albums of all time. Radiohead's *Kid A* was album number one. This record is so ingrained inside my musical consciousness that it is difficult for me to find words to express my relationship to it now. Which takes the cake, since friends and I have discussed this album for hours on end in the past, trying to use the right words to convey what makes this genius work about alienation in the postmodern world insanely great. Yet in the end, words are useless to explain the goosebumps this music can trigger when addressed to the right lonely soul. You'd have to be there with me, inside my brains, to fully understand. What do you mean, "it's impossible"? Am I not here with you right now? And aren't you with me? Is anybody else out there? This record is a paradox. *Kid A* indeed conveys a sort of emotion that is one-of-a-kind, because this emotion comes from the sheer impossibility to properly feel or express emotions themselves. And this here is not merely an intellectual take on the album. It's first a purely sensory one. Once you understand on a *gut level* that it's what this record is all about, you'll feel those goosebumps too. It may not be the greatest album of all time (some say it is), but it's certainly the greatest *frigid* album of all time. So I am now writing a music review on a phone app. It's about *Kid A*, by Radiohead. I want this review I'm about to write to be sincere and heartfelt. I want it to feel right, even if that review will only be read by people I've nor even met. Who knows, maybe that review will *never* be read anyway. Whatever the case may be, I am here confiding my feelings to a technological device. I don't feel alone, but I am. Or maybe it's the other way around. And all of this is, actually, the very subject of *Kid A*, by Radiohead. The circle is now complete. *The Bends* was the best britpop album ever, made by a band that, for all intents and purposes, were more inspired by American acts than their British peers; then came the elated and melancholic tracks of the groundbreaking *OK Computer*, a truly epic statement that opened all prog rock and electronic gates out there, not only for the band, but for most of their audiences, too. *Kid A* was the next step, but it took you to the future this time. A scary one thematically speaking, but so enticing on the musical level. The mere fact that this record about alienation in the digital world sounds as if it was mostly recorded through electronic instruments whereas 95% of it is actually analog stuff tells a lot about Radiohead's bravura and ambition here. *Kid A* deserves its reputation on all counts. Everything good that has ever been said about it is just right. Maybe you can't feel it, and in that case, I'm sorry for you. But know that it's right, somehow. I'm losing it, I have a review in mind but it doesn't make sense anymore. I'd need to cut some stuff out. I wish all those voices in my head would shut up now. Nobody's gonna send me a "thumbs up" for this one. I am a complete failure. I wish I could disappear... *Kid A* - Radiohead - 2000 Restrained and yet incredibly intense album that saw the British rock band changing gears in quite an unpredictable way, with influence going from Aphex Twin-like electronica ("Kid A") to Charles Mingus-inspired brass extravaganza on a bass-and-drum killer rythm pattern ("The National Anthem"). "Everything In Its Right Place" is just the perfect album opener, in keeping with its title and lyrics. Ballad "How To Disappear Completely" is drawing on Schönberg types of atonal glissandos on strings to tell its yarn of trauma and oblivion as a way to cope with the latter, and it is overwhelming, to say the least. "Optimistic" is the rare rock cut in the tracklisting and it's as good as anything on *OK Computer*. As for "Idiotheque" and "Morning Bell", the first is an abrasive, sardonic and yet incredibly catchy piece of electronica, and the second builds up to a climax that actually never comes, clearly emphasizing the themes of loss and disconnection the whole album points to. "Motion Picture Soundtrack"'s voice-and-orchestra-and-theremin anoints the end of the record like a soothing balm after all the crazy shenanigans before, and it is the stuff dreams are made of. A stunning album by all counts. Favorite tracks: everything, even " Treefingers" and "Limbo", even if I consider them more like interludes. Gosh, what is this crap? Why can't Radiohead just play stuff like "Creep" anymore? Pretentious posers... The A in "Kid A" is A for Adorno. Radiohead just applied the German philosopher's negative metaphysics to their nineties rock formula, and this is what came out of it. They *are* indeed pretentious posers. But being quite a negative sort of person myself, I can't help loving them for having the balls to do this. Oh my god, this album is soooooo cool. Reminds me of that 2000 summer holiday with Mark, Alex and Ruddy. We would smoke joints in the afternoon and drink bottles of wine in the evening, and get lost in those hypnotic sonic landscapes until the wee small hours of the morning. Good times. 5 stars. I'm not here, this isn't happening... 18/07/2022. I'm in the south of France, near Avignon, for two weeks of camping there. There are not enough trees in this campsite to protect us from the sun. Fortunately, this cold, cold record is a breath of fresh air to my soul. 5 stars. For the album that is, not the camping site. Slow apocalypse in the manner of TS Eliot ("not with a bang, but with a whimper"), and it has never sounded any better than here. One for the ages. Or what's left of them. I'm having a panic attack just listening to this thing. Whoever praised this record is just a masochistic nutcase. 1 star. You can try the best you can, you can try the best you can, the best you can ain't good enough. Does that mean I should try harder for this album. Or maybe this review? Un album magnifique, qui a donné lieu à une des plus fameuses batailles d'Hernani de l'histoire du rock. Deux décennies ont passé, et les fans ont gagné. Brilliant. I now understand why Frank Ocean loves Radiohead. Those girlfriends of his should just shut up and let him chill out. I had never listened to a full Radiohead album before. They're a cool electronic act. Oddly enough, I always confused them with another band that had a similar name. What was it again? Talking Heads? Weird that I can't remember. 4 stars. Mais um ótimo disco do Radiohead. produção impecável. Sem tantos hits, mas demonstra bem o caminho musical deles. Braucht man eigentlich nicht viel dazu zu sagen. Über-Album. "Kid A"--the title track--is the best depiction of the ramblings of a depressive IA ever put to tape. Come to think of it, it's the ONLY depiction of the ramblings of a depressive IA ever put to tape. From that early point on the album, after the iconic "Everything In Its right Place", you just know everything after is gonna be fantastic. Surely an essential listen if there is one. Seguramente es que no estoy capacitado para entender esta música. Incluso la canción que se titula optimismo, me da ganas de encerrarme en casa tras la ventana para ver cómo llueve y pensar en el asco que me da todo el mundo. One of the best albums of all times. Enough said. Here I'm alive Everything all of the time Here I'm alive Everything all of the time I feel like I'm in the eye of a cyclone listening to this record. Everything is "in its right place" and yet the winds of hell are blowing outside of hypnotic auditory 10 kilometers radius I'm in right now. I can sense them coming. Oh lord, help me. I'm lost at sea Don't bother me I've lost my way I've lost my way The static of our modern lives has never been so beautifully represented than in this album. The cover says it all. Is this a chain of majestuous moutains looming on the horizon, or a pixellated simulacrum of them? Whatever the case may be, here you are, floating towards them? What the hell is this? There must something wrong in my headphones, this just can't be a Radiohead album. It doesn't rock, and the ballads are insipid. 0 stars. Ice Age coming, Ice Age coming Let me hear both sides Let me hear both sides, let me hear both The first time I listened to this recording, I was like, "what?". The second time I had shudders down my spine for the whole time. I And subsequent listens have *never" worn out this album for me. Five stars. We're not scaremongering This is really happening, happening We're not scaremongering This is really happening, happening Yes, I do "think you're crazy", Thom. But madness has never sounded so beautiful and heartfelt. *Kid A* can go to hell. Heck, this is what hell sounds like for me, so I guess said kid never left it anyway. Next! Another message I can't read Another message I can't read Another message I can't read Another message I can't read Can someone in here contact me? I'm afraid the review I have in mind for this record will be too long for this app to memorize it anyway. Ooops, I'm out of battery on my phone right now, could you at least tell me if I can downl Mobiles skwerking, mobiles chirping Take the money and run Take our money and run, take our money When I'm so tired that I can't sleep, this is what all music sounds like to my ears. This album led the way to everything that came after it. Yet nothing that came after it was *this* good. I don't like this. What the hell is wrong with me? Nice background music. Three stars. A stone-cold masterpiece. Well, "stone-freezing" would be more like it. What's this with this strange drone a few silent moments after "Motion Picture Soundtrack"? I think I must have dreamed it before. But was that dream mine of yours? Hello? Are you still reading this? Hello? Same here. But I don't know *when* this last review was posted. Is there someone still alive here in this group? They said the world ended on the radio yesterday. I didn't see any of their heads though. And I'm all alone now. This network is still on. Or so it seems. Can anyone read me? Hello? ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... *This was fun to write. I hope some of you out there had at least a little fun too as you read all my nonsense up here. Good night.* And now the usual closing credits: Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 855 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 80 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 36 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 30 As a bonus, here's the review I *really* wanted to post about "The Bends", also by Radiohead. The one I posted here was botched, clearly. I think its revision here might be slightly better: "Radiohead - The Bends "Creep" saved Radiohead. This single came from a half-baked album, *Pablo Honey*, clumsily mixing britpop with some more "American" influences. But "Creep" was a hit and showed Radiohead they had it in them to make a record for the ages. And since the Oxford quintet was not afraid to take a long, hard look at what they had just done with their first LP (a mindset they would mostly keep for their whole career, up until today), they knew what needed to be done. A perfect balance between self-confidence and self-criticism was the key. And it opened a door that led to one of the most brilliant discographies ever put to tape. In the course of this discography, *The Bends* is therefore Radiohead's first masterpiece (there's been five of them by my count, but first times always have their peculiar charm, don't they?), here aptly mixing twisted rockers and heartwrenching ballads. Everything is stellar in it--the songwriting, the lyrics, the vocal performances, the intricate bass-and-guitar arrangements, John Leckie's clean yet no-nonsense production. To say the tracklisting is "dynamic" doesn't even start to explain how songs segue into one another, starting with the gooovy "Planet Telex", followed by the intense title-track with its thick wall of guitars, and then going to all the gems of this record--the melancholic "High And Dry", the devastatingly beautiful "Fake Plastic Trees", the tight and angular "Just", the sinister and sardonic "My Iron Lung" (and its guitar hook spun on you as if it were a cobweb), not to mention the epic and poignant closer "Fade Out", with its elegiac arpeggio and truly *haunted* chorus. Thom Yorke and friends tick all the boxes that need to be ticked when you want to record a legendary album : they know when to get topical, with whiffs of a dystopian atmosphere that will further be explored in *OK Computer* and *Kid A*, and they sweep through a large array of (indie) rock styles, from brit pop to US alt-rock, from grunge to torch songs. And more importantly, they know how to make the whole thing sound cohesive, every vocal intention and guitar lick serving a discourse that transcends style or genres.  So just like OK Computer, there's no filler, no malfunctioning ride in this ominous and melancholic theme park about alienated souls stranded in the middle of late capitalism--each track has something unique going on for it, even the ones not mentionned up there. But this is no surprise (and no alarm, to quote a later song). Just as opener "Planet Telex" states it, Radiohead are never sounding better than when they lament that "everything is broken", only to pick up those disparate pieces and shape them into a single body of work that's unique, moving and relevant. They're THE postmodernist rock band of the late nineties / early aughts. And as such, they deserve to have their seats at the table of the greatest acts ever... "

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

I have loved this album for years. Gladly take it over OK Computer any day of the week. It still feels fresh every time I listen to it.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

The ultimate doomer album. I’m amazed by how ahead of it’s time this album was; it’s as relevant and fresh now as it was 20 years ago.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Classic, experimenting with their songs. Really to only weak track in treefingers, but its mainly just a palate cleanser. Everything in its right place, idioteque, etc. 2nd fave RH album. Would by used for $15

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Chef d’œuvre. Cet album est arrivé là où personne attendait Radiohead. Quel renouveau. Il a inspiré tellement de groupes.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

À mon avis, le meilleur du groupe. Cet album est le plus exploratoire, mais il est d’une cohésion et d’une cohérence qu’on ne voit presque jamais. Les album avant sont beaucoup plus rock/pop. Ceux après sont redondant. Celui-ci est magique !!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Radiohead in 2000: "Ice Age coming, Ice Age coming" The year 2002: A movie titled Ice Age comes out. How did they know? 5/5. The music was good as well.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon, standing in the shadows at the end of my bed. Everyone is so near, I'm not here. I'd really like to help you man, I'm on your side. We're not scaremongering, this is really happening. I wanted to tell you but you never listen, so I'll keep walking. I will see you in the next life.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Amazing album by Radiohead. I love this one and as time goes on and I continue listening to this one I like it more and more. Still just my 3rd favorite album of theirs too. This one is very unique between the instrumentals and the beats. Yorkes voice is always interesting but the lyrics on this one are a bit different compared to their past albums. Kid A really took Radiohead and put them ahead of everyone else. 9.3/10

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Love Radiohead, I really got into them over lockdown. But I still believe they are a band to enjoy by yourself, anyone sticking Radiohead on at a party should be immediately removed. This is one of those Legendary albums, The example of a band taking an artistic risk, changing its sound ad reinvesting itself. Took me a while and some effort to get into this and I used to always prefer OK Computer, but in recent years I appreciate this album so much more now. I would rank this on a par now with OK Computer, two absolute masterpieces.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

F i v e S t a r s

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Prefs: Everything In Its Right Place, Kid A, The National Anthem, How To Disappear Completely, Optimistic, In Limbo, Idioteque, Morning Bell, Motion Picture Soundtrack Moins pref: Treefingers

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

sublimely weird. i loved it

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Great album. I hadn't listened to a lot of songs by Radiohead other than the popular ones so was surprised

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Siempre se vuelve al primer amor

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Already listened to this, but heck I’ll do it again.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Team Kid A forever (OK Computer stans can blow me btw). This record is paranoia, isolation and loneliness made into music and I love it. First Listen?: N Fav. Tracks: Everything in Its Right Place, How to Disappear Completely, Optimistic, Idioteque Rating: 5/5

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Kid A was my first Radiohead album to be released after I became a fan. I'd got in to them through OK Computer singles, nought the album but found it a bit difficult. Going backwards to The Bends and Pablo Honey helped and very soon a was digesting b-sides, live tracks of unreleased songs and anything else I could get my hands on. The wait for Kid A seemed massive (little did we know what what happen after In Rainbows - 2 albums in 15 years!) and finally we got news Kid A was coming out (with an sister album to be released the following year). The Hype was insane - this was the album that almost broke them following OK Computer and its surprise success that launched them in to worldwide acclaim. They started touring well before the album came out - in a big top no less, avoiding all corporate sponsored venues and playing a hefty chunk of new songs slated for Kid A and its follow up. They seemed stranger than previous material - sometimes they didn't even have all members playing. Release date approached - the whole thing had leaked on the net early but not many had access at this point and downloading 128 kbps MP3s was a time consuming project. I heard the album in chunks on radio 1 - I taped every song and then dubbed on to a different cassette to put them in the right order, so I dread to think what the quality would have been! To me, these seemed strange but an appropriate response to OK Computer. Warm rhodes piano, jazz drums, crazy horn sections - I loved it! It was far from a retread of previous material and was a logical progression, seeing as Thom Yorke had widened his musical horizons with a lot of electronica after becoming tired of guitar music. Many hated it - it didn't rock so it was a fond farewell to that crowd. I thought maybe they didn't actually like Radiohead - they just liked rock. I liked Radiohead and I loved this. Everything in its Right Place is both eerie and soothing. Kid A like a child's story. The National Anthem was hilarious - I requested this be played at an Indie night once, went down so badly but my friends and I laughed as the horns played. How to Disappear is beautiful and classic Radiohead - with tweaks, it could fit on previous albums. Treefingers was out there - 4 minutes of ambience. Was it a song? Was it a palette cleanser? Why was this on the album when we'd heard there were loads of more 'traditional' songs like Knives Out and Pyramid Song left off? The answer is that it was part of the journey. Optimistic was the closest to a Radiohead rock song - but then it had a hip hop/jazz outro and led directly in to In Limbo, an off-kilter song that seemed to mirror the band's confusion during the writing sessions. Then came a clubby banger out of leftfield - Idioteque was again unlike anything from before and it was all the better for it. Thom ranting about ice ages over a beat and synth sample was the song we didn't know we needed. Morning Bell sounded numb and defeated, threatening to break in to emotion but always stepping back before losing control. Then suddenly it 's the end - Motion Picture Soundtrack had been played acoustically a few times and sounded like a beautiful ballad. This version was nothing like that - a church organ, mermaids and harps sound tracked a truncated version and Thom told us he'd see us in the next life. The recent Ok Computer and Kid A anniversary re-releases shed more light on some of these songs with early versions, sketches etc but when Kid A came out, it was in a vacuum. It turned many off, but people with open minds got it straight away and were happy to join Radiohead for what would be a extremely satisfying journey and progression. It's combination of fin de siècle fear and embracing of new technology meant it set a template for the new millennium and enabled the band to continue without repeating past glories. They could do anything now.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Classic.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Great music.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

the best one and only one that should be on the list

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Hell yeah

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Fantastic album. Even if my most frequent way of listening to music might be to stream it on Spotify and even to play songs on shuffle, I could not think to do so with this record. It works the best when listened to from beginning to end without any interruptions so that you can get completely lost in it. Because of that, it's hard to single out my favourite songs from the album. If I had to, I think The National Anthem, How To Disappear Completely, Idioteque, and Motion Picture Soundtrack stand out to me the most.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

listened to again one of the greatest records of all time

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all time. I remember when it came out while I was in college, and I must have listened to it at least a hundred times that year. From those first few descending notes on the first song, I was hooked. It’s unique, haunting, emotional. How to Disappear Completely is probably the most depressing song ever. It makes you just sit and wallow in it. That sounds horrible, but this album just makes you FEEL things...down to your soul. It makes you sad and pensive, but it makes you feel alive. I love it.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Incredible from start to finish.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

An easy 5. This is the Radiohead album that properly converted me to being a fan. Before that, I could concede that they had the odd awesome tune or two, but I never really felt like listening to a whole Radiohead album. Fave track - "Idioteque", I guess, but every track has its place, and I love all of them!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

This is very, very good.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Obvious masterpiece

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

Fabulous album.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Fajne

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Huge fan. Just amazing. Not every song is perfect but as a whole the album is. Will be listening again.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Brill

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

4.5/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

This is one of those albums that I could drone on and on about. I love it. It was one of the most mind blowing things I ever heard. The first time I listened to it was on the school bus on a winter morning. It was still pretty dark outside and looking out the window at the snow covered countryside while this album played is forever stuck in my head. Just a simple, wonderful experience. Yeah, this album is just awesome. One of my favorite of all time.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

me enjoy a bit

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Agora consigo escutar o disco em toda profundidade que confirma a qualidade inensa.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Magical

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Definitely grew on me over the years. Going from OK Computer to this album felt incredibly jarring, in retrospect it was a cultural reset.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

One of the best albums ever made! Love the music, love the production. This album is a perfect blend of grunge and electronic music and I believe is responsible for inspiring electronic artists to make more interesting music and evolving the genre considerably. 5/5 love it!

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

It’s not the best Radiohead album but it’s still very good very cold and distant sounding in a way still a 5 though.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I love this album, but I am sympathetic to the people who really don't get on with this, particularly if they enjoyed earlier Radiohead. I think the whole 'Radiohead disappearing up their own arse' thing is valid, and there's some tracks on here that definitely come off as pretentious. On the whole though I think this is a big, bold and beautiful album. It definitely requires a few listens I think, and it deserves to be listened to as loud as possible. Some of the tracks on here and truly transportive. Songs like 'How to Disappear Completely' just wash right over you in their melancholic majesty, while other tracks like Optimistic and Idioteque really drive on with some real thrust. There's so many dark, broody, interesting tracks in here, and I think it was a really interesting direction for them to take as a band. It definitely paid off.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Basically perfect. One of my five favorite albums.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

It’s Radiohead! Top 3 album is still a 5! T3B 1. Idioteque 2. Everything In Its Right Place 3. The National Anthem

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

i once listened to how to dissapear completely 88 times in a row

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

i fucking love radiohead

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Listen, I've seen Radiohead live. I ate an edible, they played "How to Disappear Completely", and it broke me a little. No way I can be objective here. It's a good album. It's "experimental" in the way that word should convey, instead of "this is noise we are passing off as music". It definitely shouldn't be anyone's first foray into Radiohead, but overall it's a gorgeous, detached, depressed album. Favorite tracks: "How to Disappear Completely", "Treefingers", "Everything In Its Right Place", "Motion Picture Soundtrack"

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Incredible front to back. Sonically, a genre-less masterpiece of serious proportion. Favorite Tracks: Motion Picture Soundtrack* Idioteque The National Anthem

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Fri Oct 30 2020
4

2000. Key Songs: Everything In Its Right Place, How To Disappear Completely, In Limbo, Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Wed Nov 18 2020
4

9.3/10

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