Radiohead
Kid A


2.0
poor

Review

by ferociouslettuce USER (2 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2011 | 131 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Underwhelming

"In 2001, when he was asked about Kid A, Ed O'Brien described the band's new direction as a ‘freedom to approach the music the way Massive Attack does: as a collective, working on sounds, rather than with each person in the band playing a prescribed role.’ The rejection of the model that proved so successful in Ok Computer divides people to this day, yet, love it or hate it, the risks they took over a decade ago helped add another dimension to the band."

After listening to ‘Mezzanine’ and being presented with the opportunity to listen to 'Kid A', the album that was ranked No. 1 in lists of the best albums of the 2000s by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Times and Sputnikmusic, I was excited ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG6AlhpN9AY ).

Yet, what is it that this album does that we haven't heard before? True Everything in it's Right Place and Idioteque are fine tracks, and How to Disappear Completely pierces you every time, but that can hardly make up for an atrocious vibe that persists through the overindulgent, meandering and abysmal vibes pervading this ‘experimental masterpiece’.

The eponymous title track, ‘Kid A’, dutifully serves as a microcosm of the album as a whole – namely, what it feels like to walk into a snowstorm in only a t-shirt. Worse still, The National Anthem blares trumpets in your ears irritatingly until the overwhelming desire is simply to turn this crap off. Yet if that’s not bad enough, How to Disappear Completely manages to ruin the mood faster than a Massive Attack vs. Burial track, making you feel so worthless and overcome with depression that the rest of the album simply cannot overcome it. Though Idioteque shines interestingly later on, it can do nothing more than flicker briefly because it lacks the fortitude to overcome the nauseating tracks leading up to it.

At this point in their career, Radiohead had managed to create the incredibly innovative set of supersounds that was 'OK Computer' and the simple yet excellent pop rock album 'The Bends', as well as Talk Show Host, one of the greatest single songs to come out of the '90s. But such meandering by established bands is certainly not unique.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper's 'By The Way' is an album that offers parallels in many ways. It has the soothing Zephyr Song, the rising Cabron that can only make you smile, and the incredible tracks Can't Stop and Venice Queen, but the overall tone of the album is forced, and listening to the album in its entirety is a chore. Similarly Nas and Damian Marley, respective legends in rap and reggae, managed to create a handful of masterpieces in 2010's 'Distant Relatives', but too many filler tracks making the whole record simply not enjoyable.

I cannot argue that I don’t feel moved by this composition, but if all it does is irritate me, depress me, and meander me in no direction whatsoever (Thom Yorke did confess to picking lyrics form a hat), then that’s pretty bad.

All these have flaws
Will lead to mine



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ferociouslettuce
December 2nd 2011


196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey guys, friend me on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ferociouslettuce

and follow me on soundcloud: (ferociouslettuce). i got 2 followers and i've never played a note that isn't perfect

PurpleBottle
December 2nd 2011


216 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude - thanks for dropping my approval rating by 50% .. asshole

Eko
December 2nd 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wait I'm confused

astrel
December 2nd 2011


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The National Anthem sounds"

YetAnotherBrick
December 2nd 2011


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol this is retarded

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Blackbelt54
December 2nd 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

review is kinda messy but you have the right rating

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This just makes me want to review this album properly.

PurpleBottle
December 2nd 2011


216 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wait I'm confused


1 of 1 people thought this comment was well written

YetAnotherBrick
December 2nd 2011


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"This just makes me want to review this album properly."

you mean, like, 5'ing it, right?


ferociouslettuce
December 2nd 2011


196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sorry about the formatting. I still need to edit this, but I wasn't sure how the first paragraph would look once i hit submit so gimme an hour or so

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you mean, like, 5'ing it, right?

lol no

aok
December 2nd 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This just makes me want to review this album properly.


0 of 1 people thought this comment was well written

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inb4 like trebor and like 4 other people

5 of 9 people thought this comment was well written

YetAnotherBrick
December 2nd 2011


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"lol no"

yeah i know lol

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If I 5'd this I'd lose my musical taste integrity. :]

YetAnotherBrick
December 2nd 2011


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

True, but you'd be correct ;D

aok
December 2nd 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

if you had it at a 2 you'd actually have musical taste integrity.

YetAnotherBrick
December 2nd 2011


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"if you had it at a 2 you'd actually have musical taste integrity."

wait what

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah I don't get it either

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

He means you're saying it's average when you might as well say it's bad

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pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You know what.......

aokuneff is right



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