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2000 release, the fourth album from the groundbreaking British Alt-Rock group. A commercial success worldwide, Kid A went platinum in its first week of release in the UK. Despite the lack of an official single or music video as publicity, Kid A became the first Radiohead release to debut at #1 in the United States. This success was credited variously to a unique marketing campaign, the early Internet leak of the album, and anticipation after the band's 1997 album, OK Computer.
Radiohead may well be the most courageous band in Britain. Their second album, The Bends, was a success both critically and commercially, and they followed it up with an album of epic prog-rock, OK Computer, that would have destined a lesser band to commercial failure and, eventually, obscurity. Instead, it was almost universally hailed as one of the finest albums ever recorded. So it should come as no great surprise that their fourth album, Kid A, is even more experimental, owing a debt to the studio-born soundscapes of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and even later Talk Talk.
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
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Just brilliant - one of those albums that manages to equate to much more than the sum of it's parts. The opening bars from 'Everything In It's Right Place' are some of the great moments in modern music - almost 'Pink Floyd'-like in sobriety and texture, and set the tone perfectly for the next 40 minutes or so.
The whole album flows effortlessly from one song to the next, making it a truly emotional listening experience. Despite some wearisomely cryptic lyrics from Yorke, there's more than enough clues as to what he's writing about as music and words meld together so beautifully. At the end of 'Motion Picture Soundtrack', I'm frequently at a loss as to what to listen to next.
From a personal point of view, I've always thought of 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' as being their best albums. While I think 'Kid A' is the better album, 'Amnesiac' certainly has better songs. And, just think how much better(!) an album 'Kid A' might have been if songs like the glorious 'Knives Out', 'You and Whose Army' and 'Dollars and Cents' could have found there way on to it? After all, they were recorded at about the same time and would fit in nicely to the 'Kid A' theme.
OK, enough rambling. A wonderful experience awaits all who are prepared to give this album a chance, and not judge it in comparison to the much over-rated 'OK Computer'.
But it's hard to describe the experience. Everything in its Right Place is probably my favorite radiohead song ever. It defines the mood. Verse chorus verse does not exist starting now; Thom Yorke will mumble into his vocoder or whatever and then repeat short lines over and over in the songs where you can understand him (besides national anthem and morning bell). The acoustic songs like national anthem, optimistic and limbo are kind of uneventful because they really just float in the air for a while. Kid A and Treefingers are little more than atmosphere pieces, and Idioteque is an atmosphere piece with an unexpected club beat. Morning Bell, possibly the only "real" song on the cd, is kind of quietly intense, even more intense than the screaming horns and raging bassline in national anthem. And just when you thought it was all over, Motion Picture Soundtrack confuses you beyond all rational limits (there are even harps and a long long silence in the middle) and does something indescribable to your soul if you're really immersed in the music.Read more ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
What can I say that hasn't been said? Legendary album packaged beautifully with incredible artwork. Albums work fine and the smaller size of the vinyls is a cool touch.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you don't praise this album, or like myself- abhor it, you are considered not musically intelligent enough to understand it or not "with it", or a musical snob. Read morePublished 13 months ago by chad meidl
Kid A is tied for 1st with OK Computer. These two albums are Radiohead @ their peak in terms of pushing musical boundaries while achieving a devastating emotional impact. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KarloSoze
Another brilliant effort by Radiohead. If you enjoy tripping out (wink wink) and expanding your horizons then this if the LP for you.Published 22 months ago by C. LeGrow
There's something about this run of pressings. Due to damage or just generally high levels of noise, I had Amazon replace my copies of Kid A twice. Read morePublished on April 13 2011 by push_pause
Kid A is trash. Horrible. One of the worst albums from Radiohead. I really don't understand why people like this album because I don't. The music is terrible. The lyrics are dull. Read morePublished on July 21 2006 by Jason Hutton
I was so excited to get Kid A when it came out after all the great reviews I read.
Let's set the record straight:
This is one overbloated, over hyped horrible album. Read more