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Way better than OK Computer!,
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
For those of you who read my Amnesiac review...), I wrote that although OK Computer is very good, it is not Radiohead's best as most say. That title should belong to this album which has become my favorite album, period, let alone Radiohead. Not a weak link on this album (though I have not gotten into"Motion Picture Soundtrack" at all). "Everything In It's Right Place" gives the album a strong opening, in credit mainly to the best vocals Thom gives in the entire album. It then moves on to "Kid A", which competes with "Idioteque" as best song on the album. Other highlight tracks include "Morning Bell", a rock-like structured and sounding electronic piece, and "The National Anthem" led by Colin Greenwood's continuous bass line and reckless jazz horns. Guitars as a main instrument can only be found on "Optimistic" and "-Dissapear Completely".
One non-musical suggestion is to take a look at the artwork found in the booklet and a pamphlet found under the disc holder before or while listening to the album for the first time. It's haunting and abstract images will help you unsterstand how to approach the music and therefore making it more accesible.
Radiohead really outdid themselves with this one and while mainstream listeners may not appreciate it's instrumental bridges and low-key tempo and feel, most music fans will definetley enjoy the nirvana that comes with the amazing climaxes, strange twists and turns, and the endless new noises that you will hear in each listen. The most amazing aspect of this album is the somewhat plucky, sarcastic attitude that you can feel in it, but the way that that is just another factor that makes this album feel more meaningful than OK Computer, though not as accsessible.