Radiohead
Amnesiac


5.0
classic

Review

by ampharos4life USER (6 Reviews)
March 1st, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: #19 on my Top 100 Albums

If a favorite Beatles album is like a favorite Kubrick movie, then a favorite Radiohead album is like a favorite Tarantino movie. When asking 10 people about Kubrick, each will probably have a unique answer. When asking 10 people about Tarantino, you're going to have 9 guys who say Pulp Fiction and that one guy who says Jackie Brown is a masterpiece. Same with Radiohead. Although each of their albums has it’s fans, most fans are going to either pick OK Computer or Kid A. And those two albums are fantastic, and much better constructed, but my favorite has always been Amnesiac.

Amnesiac is probably Radiohead’s biggest dark horse, in a discography full of them. It’s often thought of as a bit of a side note to Kid A, and I can’t disagree. But I find the album’s strength in its rickety nature. I think this album is the perfect musical representation of its cover. It sounds like a strange sort of abstract sadness. Like a man crying in a flat dimension. The fact that it sounds slapped together and a hodgepodge of ideas lends more meaning to me. It’s like the vortex of tears is pulling in the cornerstones and structure of the record, so it sounds like it’s falling apart. I know this probably isn’t the intention, but to me it lends itself to this interpretation.

Another reason people find this one of the more inferior Radiohead records is the inconsistency. Before that, I’d like to address the parts of this album that most everyone can agree on. Songs like Pyramid Song, I Might Be Wrong, Knives Out, and Life in a Glasshouse are among Radiohead’s best. However, more people question some of the more instrumental songs on here. However, I see these as great transitory pieces. For another visual metaphor, I see the album as a train ride through a dark tunnel. Within these instrumental pieces, the windows are black and we can’t see anything. These pieces are playing out of the train’s speaker systems. When we get to the full songs with lyrics, we are seeing outside of the train windows, and we see a tragic scene outside. For Knives Out, we see a fight between a couple, but all we hear is the song. For Life in a Glasshouse, we see Thom hunched over his piano, with his brass band supporting him. For I Might Be Wrong, we see a group slowly lose their minds wandering through the desert. Only this, out of all Radiohead albums, can bring such imagery to my mind. On another note, the version of Morning Bell that appears here is fantastic, and Like Spinning Plates might be the most haunting song they’ve ever recorded.

I understand the reasons that people often ignore this album in RH’s discography. It can feel like an afterthought, and there isn’t really any throughline in these songs. However, I find this album to be an incredible and tragic experience. Listening to this album feels like drowning, and it’s oddly comforting to feel your lungs fill with water in the final moments of your life, and Thom and his boys play you to sleep.



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rodrigo90
March 1st 2018


5906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amnesiac is probably Radiohead’s biggest dark horse, in a discography full of them



I agree 100%

TheIntruder
March 1st 2018


445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked your review. You has defended your point of view very well. Have a pos.

Kalopsia
March 1st 2018


3384 Comments


"Review Summary: sorry if this sucks"


change that review summary, be proud of what you write man.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2018


17410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amnesiac is definitely better than Kid A, I'll go that far

Kalopsia
March 1st 2018


3384 Comments


"A favorite Radiohead album is like a favorite Tarantino movie. You may think that there is lots of variety, and that opinions vary, but you’re actually going to be seeing one or two much more than the others."


also maybe it's just me, but this reads really strange. you seem to be conflating a personal favorite Radiohead/Tarantino choice with public opinion on what is best. just doesn't seem like a clear statement, especially for the opening to a review. maybe just needs "You may think that there is lots of variety in what people choose as their own..."

cylinder
March 1st 2018


1417 Comments


Always room for more Amnesiac 5s

Digging: joseph edward yonker - an entry into something of an exit

KILL
March 1st 2018


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

luckyMoana
March 1st 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OVERRATED

Lucman
March 2nd 2018


3697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice write up! Not my fav Radiohead but a fantastic record all the same.

Digging: The Beatles - The Beatles

rodrigo90
March 2nd 2018


5906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amnesiac is definitely better than Kid A, I'll go that far





You're in a safe thread but don't post it in the kid A thread for the mother of God

luckyMoana
March 2nd 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I once said I like Bends more than OK computer...glad I’m still alive

luckyMoana
March 2nd 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Edit: posted same thing twice I love this site

sizeofanocean
March 2nd 2018


1699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn now that's a controversial opinion luckyMoana

MeatSalad
March 2nd 2018


17472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's more like an old ass man opinion shared by old ass men

luckyMoana
March 2nd 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was born when OK Computer was released :D

Zeuzo
April 5th 2018


2028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What a great review



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