Review Summary: Lo-Fi Beats to be Pretentious and Faux-Intellectual to.
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Radiohead’s Kid A was a polarizing and controversial experiment that has wow’d and woo’d a lot of music critics since its release 20 years ago. Kid A, an album littered full of unfinished thrown away demos sandwiched in between a few decent tracks, has become yet another one of these “untouchable” classics, where any criticism, no matter how legitimate, is dismissed as “trolling” or “stupid”. Despite the fact that Radiohead completely abandons the formula that made them successful with OK Computer and The Bends in favor of repetitive and uninteresting filler and complete gobbedly gook useless lyrics, Kid A is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Even Thom Yorke admitted the lyrics don’t make sense and were picked out of a hat. While OK Computer’s “WAH MUH TECHNOLOGY BAD THOMAS EDISON WAS A WITCH” theme was cliché and garbage, it does beat the musical equivalent of a drunken baby crying and shitting themselves. Geeks and neckbeards will salivate all over this record, and since this is sputnikmusic where free speech is not allowed, I will try to force myself to ignore the negatives and look at the positves of Kid A. “Idioteque” is a beatiful track with Aphex Twin vibes. The dystopian, abstract themes here create a sense of fear and dread. “Everything’s In It’s Right Place” is simplistic, yet packed with emotion and a combination of interesting sounds. These two tracks are some of Radiohead’s best work, and it goes to show that a broken clock can be right twice a day.
Here’s a secret about me. I too was once an edgy high schooler who watched American Pie in my moms basement and stole her vodka. Radiohead was the shit back then but take off the rose tinted glasses and re-listen to the music itself, it’s really not as good as advertised. Kid A was a gigantic middle finger to the mainstream audience, and its release was a rather revolutionary moment for the music industry. That being said the actual execution is mid, it’s experimental and groundbreaking sure but it doesn’t mean that the music itself is enjoyable. Radiohead introduces a ton of new ideas and attempts to challenge the audiences with its unconventional song structuring. However, for every “Idiotesque” on here, there will be meandering, anticlimactic tracks like “Kid A”, "National Anthem", and “Motion Picture Soundtrack”. Similar to King Crimson’s “Moonchild”, these tracks get a pass in the eyes of listeners because “well its experimental you don’t understand its supposed to be shit” but they are a complete waste of time and is the musical equivalent of nonsensical, drug-induced babbling.
It’s so ironic that an album meant soley to break tradition and defy standards, has become, well, the standard. The mindless droning about how perfect a deeply flawed album like Kid A is especially bitter considering Kid A is meant to challenge pretentious and narrow minded idiots, the same idiots that now worship this album and believe it to be the best record of all time (its not even a top 5 radiohead record, lmfao). It’s like how Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools was meant to speak out against the dangers of alcoholism but has become a drinking game for white college kids wanting to take shots. Kid A has its moments but it’s pathetic to see such a medicore and hit-or-miss album be propped up as a classic and an industry standard. Especially when the average Kid A dicksucker will write reviews like this.
or this neckbeard who literally doesnt know english
Overall rating, 5/5. Even if Brent DiCrescenzo is a ostentatious faux-intellectual trite. Even if the neckbeards and the fake woke garbage have completely bastardized even the rare bright spots of this record. Don’t say I never do you any favors, sowing. It’s time to talk. Ill see you in my DM’s.