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Amnesiac

Radiohead Audio CD
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1. Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box
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4. You and whose army?
5. I might be wrong
6. Knives out
7. Amnesiac/Morning bell
8. Dollars & cents
9. Hunting bears
10. Like spinning plates
11. Life in a glass house

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Though the songs on Amnesiac were recorded at the same time as those on its predecessor, Kid A, the gap between the releases of the pair suggests a determination on Radiohead's part that the two should not be perceived as halves of the same whole. However, there is little in the way of meaningful stylistic divergence between the two albums--Amnesiac shares with Kid A an atmosphere of defeated, vengeful paranoia, a heavy reliance on electronic noises and distorted vocals, a somewhat frustrating absence of Jonny Greenwood's guitar and the song "Morning Bell", which reappears on Amnesiac in a slightly less mournful arrangement. It may just be that Radiohead felt that it might have been a bit much to ask anyone, even Radiohead fans, to consume this entire lugubrious trove at once. Amnesiac, like Kid A is heavy going. And, also like Kid A, Amnesiac rewards repeated listenings generously. The more acute Thom Yorke's lyrical biliousness grows, the harder the band work to redeem matters with some moments of astonishing beauty. "You and Whose Army?" contains gorgeous knelling piano evocative of "Karma Police", "Like Spinning Plates" deploys a backwards backing track to bewitching effect, and the closing track, "Life in a Glasshouse", is an exuberant Laughing Clowns-style wig-out, featuring veteran jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton. Once again, it is not so much that Radiohead have not put a foot wrong, but that they're walking where nobody else has trodden. Amnesiac is another giant leap. --Andrew Mueller

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RADIOHEAD Amnesiac (2001 UK 11-track CD album includes the singles Pyramid Song and Knives Out picture sleeve CDFHEIT45101)

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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Reasonable Man July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
There seem to be various and sundry reviews about Amnesiac: those that claim it to be the most astounding example of Radiohead's brilliance, and those that were less impressed by the collage of texture it presents. So, I offer more noise to the already confused clamor by examining the points of contention.
Well, I don't really see Amnesiac as a sequel to Kid A, but the two albums are obviously linked (hence, the revisted 'Morning Bell' as title cut). Many of the songs, such as 'I Might Be Wrong' and 'Knives Out,' first appeared during the Kid A tour and were probably penned around that album's production. Apples from the same tree, you could say.
While Kid A was a cohesive whole where each song led into the other, Amnesiac is more a complilation as each song exists in independent musical space. The crunchy bass textures of 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' provides a claustrophobic backdrop to the processed vocals, while the thick piano chords of 'Pyramid Song' are adrift on ambient synth swoops and orchestral strings. 'Life in a Glasshouse' takes a trip to the swing era with a horn section, while 'Like Spinning Plates' plays the background backward while Yorke sing the melody foward but makes it sound backward with phrasing (confused yet?). One thing is for sure: there's a lot going on in every track!
I think Radiohead was trying to expand their creative boundaries here (if they have any :) by trying different approaches and techniques. The focus seems to be on the production methods and sound textures, as if they wanted to see what they could come up with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hunting Bears July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I would agree with some others that "Amnesiac" is not as good Kid A. It's slightly below the level of the other records Radiohead has releasted in the past half decade. However, even if it's a lessor effort, it is still a very good album. As a whole, the album isn't as strong or profound as their other works, but it does have a few individual sounds that are quite amazing.
Rathern than go into a long-winded review of the album, and analyze every aspect of the album, I'll leave that to the other reviews here.
However, I must take the opportunity to defend the track "Hunting Bears." Reading many of these reviews, most of them unfairly criticize this song, condemning it as mere "filler" and "a boring two-minute repetitive guitar bit." It's much more than that. Yes, it's just an instrumental, it's bascially two minute-long guitar bits played back to back--what's wrong with that? I find it altogether enigmatic, atmospheric, and tranquil. I also like how they throw in a soft whooshing sound in the background to support the guitar.
There is also a short instrumental on Kid A, "Treefingers." That song is also often unfairly dismissed. Both "Treefingers" and "Hunting Bears" are astounding, trance-inducing instrumentals that hit inner strings inside me that few other songs can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mike London TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Critics and fans alike haunt AMNESIAC, Radiohead's 2001 album, with accusations this record is little more than a KID B. Indeed, much of the controversy surrounding this album has to do with complex issues of album vs. single, and Radiohead's self-important reputation. It is rather funny how the actual music can get lost in all the shuffle.
In the early 1960s, rock music was a singles market, and people didn't think of albums as a piece of art. Through seminal releases from artists such as Dylan, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin and so on, albums became important mediums of art. Radiohead, with their three very self-contained albums (THE BENDS, OK COMPUTER, and KID A) fell in with this tradition.
When 2001 came around, Radiohead and their record company began promoting AMNESIAC as a whole new album, and all the heavy conceptual ideals that a new Radiohead album entails went along with this announcement. They also said that AMNESIAC would be the 'real' sequel to OK COMPUTER, and there would be more guitars this time around. What did they give us? An album that doesn't sound much different than KID A, though a little more conventional and streamlined than its predecessor. Because KID A was designed to be a radical album, some of the simpler and more conventional tracks were left off it. Where did they go?
Why, AMNESIAC. And when AMNESIAC hit the market, people were more puzzled than they were with KID A, because they had been explicitly promised a return to the more guitar oriented sound of their pre-millennial work. Not only that, AMNESIAC was promoted very heavily an actual album, not as an outtakes album that got slapped together from KID A's cutting room floor.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A stinker... March 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
I like to think of myself as a pretty forgiving music fan-and a big Radiohead fan at that-but this sounds more like crap that should have been left on the cutting room floor. I quite liked 'Kid A' and it grew on me. But here I find only one or two (ahem...) 'songs' in any resonable sense of the word. The rest is just bizarre but apparently it needs to be said again: just because it's strange or different doesn't make it good! I'm all for moving forward, but if this is some sort of improvement in their musical progression I'm not seeing it.
'Pyramid Song' is great and one or two others. The rest is a major let down. Knowing Radiohead's supposed hatred of mass marketing and publicity, I would not put it past them to continue to release stuff like this just to see how long it takes for people to really criticize them. They've been media darlings since 97, but if they continue on this course they will destroy any fanbase they once had. People will just go back to playing the last 3 albums instead of bothering to buy the new stuff. If they don't do something better next time they're gonna lose my interest...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say.. Amazing
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Radiohead obviously musically influenced by Pink Floyd from back in the day definetly has a knack for creative artistry. Read more
Published on May 10 2012 by C. Preston
3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl, not so great.
I think Capitol shorted themselves (and us) on this. For my ears, I really don't think they remastered this for vinyl. They simply took the compact disk mix and pressed it on wax. Read more
Published on July 27 2011 by M. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amnesiac should not be forgotten (its not just "Kid B")
Radiohead have pretty much run the gamut of rock music (from alternative to uncategorizable), and nearly all of their albums have been fantastic. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2011 by Quexos
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, boring, uninspired and one of the worst albums from Radiohead
This album has to be considered one of the worst albums by Radiohead. The writing is terrible. The production is no good. Radiohead is simply one of the worst bands around.
Published on Sept. 19 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Sitting in the Fire
I started this review 3 times, and erased it every time. It's hard to explain something like Amnesiac without people actually hearing the album all the way through. Read more
Published on April 16 2005 by Corey S.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cd ever
The songs on this are all so beautiful, but alas, this is Radiohead's least understood album. My theory is that anybody who likes Kid A, but not Amnesiac just hasn't listened to... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by "x_cjunkie"
5.0 out of 5 stars misunderstood
Pyramid Song is one of the most quietly beautiful songs EVER.
That being said, I find the rest of this album slightly harder to understand as a single unit than Kid A, which... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by B
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