Radiohead – Kid A

30 08 2010

Listened: Tuesday August 10

I remember really anticipating Kid A’s release. It had been 3 years since OK Computer and we were all antsy to see what was next. I remember reading lots of reactions on the internet from people who didn’t get the major evolution of Radiohead’s sound from one record to another. I, however, loved having my boundaries pushed by the lunacy that is this album. I loved OK Computer, but who wants a band to stay in a box? People change, times change. Since this album Radiohead has been pushing everyone’s boundaries each time they release an album. Without Kid A there is no In Rainbows.

I love how Kid A ranges from dreamy atmospherics (Treefingers) to cacophonous funky modern jazz (The National Anthem) to creepy and haunting dirges (How To Disappear Completely) to booty shakers (Idioteque). It’s an amazing collection of songs that I appreciate even more now than I did when it first came out.



4 responses

22 09 2010
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[…] another “career evolution” type album that diehard fans disliked, but I loved (see also Kid A). Actually, at their core level, these songs are very similar to Ben’s earlier albums in […]

21 01 2011
Radiohead – The Bends « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] to admit that I didn’t own the first two Radiohead albums until well after OK Computer and Kid A. I was a fan of their singles on the radio; I just didn’t take the time to check out all […]

6 09 2011
Radiohead – Pablo Honey « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] a lot. Yeah, it’s very grungy and embryonic in terms of the “Radiohead sound” of years to come, but I still love it. As overplayed as Creep is, it’s a classic. It’s the soundtrack to […]

6 09 2011
UNKLE – Psyence Fiction « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] Brilliant. Now that I think of it, the sound of Rabbit In Your Headlights is very reminiscent of later Radiohead. Maybe Thom and the band got some ideas! Advertisement LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "0"); […]

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