|1. Everything In Its Right Place|
|2. Kid A|
|3. The National Anthem|
|4. How To Disappear Completely|
|7. In Limbo|
|9. Morning Bell|
|10. Motion Picture Soundtrack|
Kid A is an album that would not sound out of place on the Warp Records roster, as keyboards, sequencers and electronic effects take the place of guitars on most tracks (particularly unusual for a band that boasts three guitarists). In fact, this is an album that succeeds without rock's bombast, from the looping keyboards of album opener "Everything In It's Right Place" to the bouncing, bass-led "The National Anthem" to the album's hauntingly atmospheric highlight, "Idioteque". Meanwhile, more traditional Radiohead tracks like "How To Disappear Completely" and "Optimistic" offer a natural bridge between the electronic noodlings of Kid A and the (slightly) more mainstream-sounding OK Computer. Radiohead may well be the most innovative popular band since the Beatles; as such, Kid A represents the most successful evolution of a major British act since Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. --Robert Burrow
It's true that Radiohead didn't invent music, and if we wanted to talk about the musical avant-garde, we'd have to face the fact that popular music is a full century behind classical in that regard. There's nothing that Radiohead is doing that breaks significantly from the tradition in which they are a part. However, when 99% of the music industry is still stuck on 3 chord harmonic progressions, any attempts to move ahead are more than welcome.
That being said, there's a lot to love about Kid A, and album I initially hated, then grew to respect, and finally to love (much like my parents). "Everything in its Right Place" plays with the ability of timbre to generate musical tension, while the initially jarring "National Anthem" makes more and more sense with each listen. The standout track on the first half, however, is "How to Disappear Completely," certainly Radiohead's masterpiece, a sustained and progressively intense ballad about feeling lost that literally melts away in the end.
It's become trite by now to say "you have to listen to the songs in order," but you'll notice that the second half of the CD, like the second half of OK Computer, plays like a concept album, with a general emotional flow in place of a concrete plot.Read more ›