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Editors’ Notes

If OK Computer turned Radiohead from Britpop contenders into alt-rock royalty, Kid A anointed them kings of the post-rock era—masters of making experimental music you could still sing along to. Incorporating strings, synthesizers, drum machines and samples of 20th-century classical music, the band applied electronica's sound-shaping to their knotty songwriting and came up with an awe-inspiring hybrid that melted hearts and minds equally.

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A masterwork, but use good headphones

Kid A used to be one of my least favourite Radiohead albums, largely because I'd only listened to it once or twice, and only small sections at a time. Never the whole thing. I did listen to it once, on a long journey, but the other Radiohead albums I listened to made more of an impact. Amnesiac was my favourite for a long time. I didn't understand Kid A - I used to avoid it because it was too weird, but once my tastes had grown into a wider range, largely consisting of electronic music, I found a prime reason to stay away: it seemed inconsistent. It couldn't decide whether it was an electronic album or an alternative rock record.

My crappy headphones were largely responsible for this opinion. A few days ago, having upgraded my headphones, I made the same journey, and listened to Kid A again. No other albums. And my headphones became portals into another world. Every gorgeous detail of production, every richly textured soundscape flooded into my head, and I found myself drifting in a beautiful dreamland - albeit a very odd one.

I think it is the "offness" that makes Kid A so wonderful and rewarding. Everything sounds slightly off - the distressed yells, almost like SOS calls, on Idioteque, the frankly terrifying ending of In Limbo, the paradox of the title track, which manages to be gentle and pretty, but also quite creepy, or the stormy opening of Optimistic. Not to mention the brilliantly deranged horns on The National Anthem. This, and the emotionally exhausted desperation that drives the record, makes Kid A an unforgettable experience. This is a masterwork from Radiohead and its frontman, Thom Yorke, who was largely responsible for the dramatic change in sound.

My only warning to listeners is that Kid A is almost guaranteed to make you cry. It presents the full spectrum of human emotion, undiluted, in glorious, harrowing Technicolor.

Amazing...

No Reviews yet for this unique album??? Its a masterpiece of keyboard, analogue drums, disjointed vocals and spacey guitar effects...Think Kraftwerk meets Bowie while working with Iggy... A total classic +++++

One of the greatest albums ever.

A masterpiece, personally Radiohead's best album. A must listen.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

At some point in the early 21st century, Radiohead became something more than a band: they became a touchstone for everything that is fearless and adventurous in rock, inheriting the throne from David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the Talking Heads. The latter group gave the band its name -- it's an album track on 1986's True Stories -- but Radiohead never sounded much like the Heads, nor did they take much from Bowie apart from their willingness to experiment. Instead, they spliced Floyd's spaciness with...
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