- Audio CD (May 31 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, Maxi, Import
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B00005IB2I
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
|1. Pyramid Song|
|2. The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy|
|3. Trans-Atlantic Drawl|
'Pyramid Song' is an emotive and eerily beautiful piece of music. The song is built upon a relatively simple (but certainly not common) repeating chord progression played on the piano, over which subtly eerie orchestral sounds echo, before Yorke's gentle vocals enter. The timing is unusual yet comfortable, and upon first listen you may think that there's no definate timing at all. About two minutes in, strings become more prominant, and the calmly jazzy rhythm reveals itself on the drums, making sense of the unusual timing you've been listening to. The song builds in intensity and eventually the string ensemble takes the song to it's climax. If you're anything like me, repeated listens will have this song grow on you more and more. Moody, emotive, and powerful.
As usual, Radiohead have treated us to some interesting B-sides, too. This single is quite possibly their most creatively interesting, with the fragmented beats and beautiful harmonies of 'Kinetic', the dark, evil jazz of 'The Amazing Sounds of Orgy', and the schizophrenic 'Trans-Atlantic Drawl', which has the band rock out, before breaking suddenly into a slow, dark, synthesised piece that is somewhat reminiscent of a choral requiem. Overall a very enjoyable listen, and one that you'll get more out of the more you listen to it.
As a musician myself, this single, along with the albums 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' have been extremely encouraging, demonstrating that there is still a market for creativity and innovation in the music industry. This single is a very good representation of Radiohead's creative freedom.
"Fast Track" interesting song out of all the b-sides from the "amnesiac/kid a" sessions it features some offtempo singing that increases and decreases its tempo alongside the bass and percussions. Its nice to hear, but not exactly great, but once you add up that it also includes "Kinetic," this cd is woth it. This song is great, fairly electronic dealing in a gloomy atmosphere with great chanting.
And of course, pyramid song, the great jazzy downbeat song with its amazing lyrics and incredible tune. This cd is worth it if you are a true fan, but if you are not really into Radiohead, you could be better off buying the Pyramid Song single that features 3 b-sides instead of this one. I still like it alot though-
PYRAMID SONG: (Difer to review written on Part 1)
FAST-TRACK: Vocal manipulations laced with percussion that is both confident (steady bass drum and hi-hat) and choatic (sounds like a snare turned beanbag and it's on the left speaker) and guitars that echo in a sea of speed and confusion.
KINETIC: Synth "ahhs" or "ooohs" are cliché in the world of music but this song puts it into new light. With a jazz drum pattern, meandering keyboards and Thom's pleas to "let's keep moving" and "Don't fall asleep at the wheel," the song moves and yet stalls in the middle of the road [this is not suppose to be a negative criticism but rather an attempt to describe the song]
OVERALL: Along with Part 1, this compliments Amnesiac, bridges it with Kid A and proves that B-sides are hidden treasures.