Radiohead
Kid A


5.0
classic

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
July 31st, 2007 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cold, harsh, and bitter sometimes makes an amazing album.

Radiohead is like champagne-its an acquired taste. No, you don't have to 'get' it (as the rule goes), you just have to be optimistic (no pun intended), open-minded, and have alternative within your musical tastes. Kid A is also a lot like a glass of champagne; bitter at first, and smooth going down; it is much of a shock to the listener upon first listen. Its challenging. It requires the correct atmosphere. The correct 'mood', the way you 'feel'.

When I want to listen to Kid A, I usually am really bored, and usually alone. Sitting in my bedroom, I lay down on my bed and listen to the flowing, cold atmospheres of songs like How to Disappear Completely, Optimistic, and Idioteque. Thom Yorke's cold, whiny vocals mixed with the windy, frigid atmospheric noises of the keyboards and acoustic guitars makes this album a truly epic experience. Its a solemn album, its lonely, and definitely makes you feel as if you are on a mountain, all alone, singing your heart out with nothing but a keyboard in front of you and a guitar around your shoulder. Quite simply, the soundscapes and atmospherics of the album are astonishing. Never has Radiohead created an album that is so realistic, depicting, and epic as Kid A. And by the end, the swirling atmospheres of the album settle down and call for another listen, as you slowly realize how epic, and what a classic this album is.

Radiohead has never made an album that is better than Kid A and most likely won't ever. Whereas OK Computer was a few good listens with a lot of filler that held the album together (but still an amazing album), Kid A is a complete masterpiece filled with songs like the opener, Everything In Its Right Place, which introduces you to the 'cold' feel of the album, without revealing much more of the album's atmospherics and multiple personalities. Or there's Optimistic which fits the requirements for a single perfectly. The song feels cold, creepy, almost windy, while still giving it a radio-friendly catchiness and sound about it. There's more to the multiple personalities of Kid A still, Idioteque showcases the dance-floor beat Radiohead often showcases while still being the most strange and odd song on the album with its noises, keyboard squiggles, and Thom Yorke's haunting vocals.

The multitude of instruments that Radiohead uses is found in excess in Kid A. The album throws in a quick violin solo for good effect in random places, or xylophones as a nice backdrop. But the multitude of instruments isn't what makes the album so strange and harsh; the overuse of Thom Yorke's whining, deep vocals or the heavy distortion of his vocals into someone else's voice; in songs like Kid A. The National Anthem is another odd song that features Yorke's cries; but continues to be drastically different and odd due to the multitude of instruments and effects this song carries. The song is like a mishmash of every musical style; going from a heavily atmospheric alternative track to a jazz cymbal-bashing track then back to an atmospheric track while pulling it off in great success takes real skill. The jazz band truly creates some traditional noises that become haunting really quickly with the heavy drum beat in the back and the atmospherics behind the jazz band, making a truly interesting and odd track.

Motion Picture Soundtrack is the most mournful, depressing, and epic Radiohead track of all time. The organ sets the tone, and the lyrics are especially dark and dreary. The way the song flows back and forth, setting the mood and feel is epic. It flows into a hidden track, which ends the album the way it began; heavy on the keyboards and atmospherics before wrapping it all up and sending it off to record stores worldwide.

There's not one standout track on this album, they all fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. The album is...an instant classic; Radiohead's masterpiece. The songs fit together perfectly and manage to tell the depressing, brutal storyline that Kid A follows out. The album is cold, piercing, and harsh. Its a radical maturation from OK Computer which really made Radiohead become the strangest alternative rockers out there. It split fans, it splits ideas, and is just a moving and excellent piece of work that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

DOWNLOAD:
Everythig In Its Right Place
The National Anthem
How To Disappear Completely
Optimistic
Idioteque
Morning Bell
Motion Picture Sountrack



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kazzra
July 31st 2007


48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wiked review. Agree with you about pretty much everything. Easily Radiohead's best album and one of my favourite albums of all time.

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


It is a very, very good album.

HotSalvation
July 31st 2007


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How to Disappear Completely is deffinitely a stand out track.

Unreal
July 31st 2007


229 Comments


I think I need this album.
I m trying to listen to new stuff, this'll be at the top of me list, your review convined me, thx
nice review btw This Message Edited On 07.31.07

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


I think you should try this album...definately.

lunchforthesky
July 31st 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a classic.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah!

Though unnecessary. I think you went a little overboard with the recommended tracks, as Morning Bell and arguably Optimistic are part of the weaker half of the ten songs. That said, you left out one of my favorites, "Kid A" the song.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


Kid A the song is a bit strange and very dark.

Yeah, my review was unnecessary...just added it to my review repetoire. I like Optimistic. I think its one of my favorites.

Oh, c'mon...it'd be pretty hard to jack off to Radiohead...

FriendofTheDevil70
July 31st 2007


384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. Not much more to say about it, than whats already been mentioned. Though, I don't feel its worth a complete 5, it comes pretty damn close. Amazing album.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I think it implies you're smoking some Mary J.

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


Well, he said naughty so I was thinking of something else.

No, I do that when listening to The Wall or Porcupine Tree.

lol jkThis Message Edited On 07.31.07

Two-Headed Boy
July 31st 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The comparison at the beginning is stupid.

pulseczar
July 31st 2007


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review is kind of stupid.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because he seems to want to have beef:
This reviewer is kind of stupid.

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


Why? Because its 'unnecessary'?

Aint no such thing.

I should go do a Tool 10,000 Days review just to piss of the people that are always like 'unnecessary'.

iluvatar, last time I checked most people on this website hate you and you've been on many of the 'Worst Sputnik Users' lists as well.This Message Edited On 07.31.07This Message Edited On 07.31.07

Two-Headed Boy
July 31st 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aint no such thing.

Yes there is.

tribestros
July 31st 2007


918 Comments


Well, as usual we differ on opinions and I really don't care.

MrKite
July 31st 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always thought Iluvatar was one of the more popular Sputnik users?
Anyways, once I finally get OK Computer it seems this should be the next one.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you had been on the site for more than 3 months you'd hit the top 5 of any of those. And lets see I think I've been on 1 by any user of real importance and even he did that mainly for the lulz haha. I'm still waiting to see the massive outpouring of hate for me that you imply should be coming.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Kid A works too, actually.



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