Kid A

Kid A

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by Radiohead

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Laser show operators, rejoice: This generation's weightiest purveyors of prog-pop have returned to action -- and rest assured, they haven't moved an inch closer to the middle of the road on this outing. If anything, Thom Yorke and company seem intent on seeing how far they can push the envelope -- a tone that's set with the paranoiac, piano-driven opener "Everything…  See more details below


Laser show operators, rejoice: This generation's weightiest purveyors of prog-pop have returned to action -- and rest assured, they haven't moved an inch closer to the middle of the road on this outing. If anything, Thom Yorke and company seem intent on seeing how far they can push the envelope -- a tone that's set with the paranoiac, piano-driven opener "Everything in Its Right Place." The undulating layers of sound that swell through that song give way to the title cut's dizzying thicket of chattering voices, which in turn drift into a noisy reed duel that dominates "The National Anthem" (most assuredly not the tune you hear before sporting events). Although not as conceptually unified as OK Computer, Kid A is every bit as distanced from standard rock structure. This time around, the band have shed even more of their guitar orientation, replacing Jonny Greenwood's angular riffs with equally bristly piano lines and dense rhythm beds that split the difference between the tribal and the industrial. The decision to treat Yorke's voice as just another element in the instrumental mix is an interesting one, albeit one that makes it difficult to discern precisely what it is he's going on about in some songs. There's no mistaking the mood, however: Virtually every song is clad in dark hues, minor chords, and oppressive rhythms. On occasion, that bubbles over into wild-eyed aggression, as on the deceptively titled "Optimistic," but there are far more whispers than cries in the grooves of these ten songs. While it's not the easiest album in the world to get inside, Kid A's obsessiveness and complexity make it even more difficult to escape once you've found a way in.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Instead of simply adding club beats or sonic collage techniques, Radiohead strive to incorporate the unsettling "intelligent techno" sound of Autechre and Aphex Twin, characterized by its skittering beats and stylishly dark sonic surfaces, for Kid A. To their immense credit, Radiohead don't sound like carpetbaggers, because they share the same post-postmodern vantage point as their inspirations. Kid A is easily the most successful electronica album from a rock band: it doesn't even sound like a rock band, even if it does sound like Radiohead.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
...a clear-eyed space opera about a plausible future ­ a generation raised like plant life. And inside the hermetic electronics and art-pop frost is a heated argument about conformity, individuality and the messy consequences of playing God.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
As unnervingly cryptic as Kid A can be, it is a genuinely challenging work in a generally unchallenging time. It’s the Ralph Nader of pop.

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Parlophone (Wea)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Radiohead   Primary Artist
Stan Harrison   Baritone Horn
Mark Lockheart   Tenor Horn
John Lubbock   Conductor
Henry Binns   Sampling
Colin Greenwood   Bass
Jonny Greenwood   Guitar
Ed O'Brien   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Selway   Drums
Thom Yorke   Vocals
Steve Hamilton   Alto Horn
Andy Bush   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Radiohead   Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer,Programming
Phil Selway   Composer
Thom Yorke   Composer,Programming
Graeme Stewart   Engineer
Tchocky   Artwork

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Kid A 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Radiohead proove with this CD that they are one of those rare bands that actually aren't afraid to expand their sound and experiment. There is no 'commercial' song on this album, most of them involve distorted vocals and minmalist, Aphex Twin-like instrumentation. I loved OK Computer, I have to say I love this CD even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's sad that people judge each album released by a group as a milestone by which the quality of the group can be measured. Radiohead put down Kid A with several intentions in mind, the foremost of which was not to be purposefully obtuse but to redefine the concept of what an album actually is. They wanted Kid A to be more than a collection of songs built to support a couple of radio singles, which is all that modern albums are. On the other hand, they did not want to create a 'concept album.' What they did is create an album of songs that rely on one another for support. As a whole, the thing is sheer genius. It surpasses OK Computer on certain aspects and falls short in others. Brevity, for example: OK Computer was too long by two songs and should've rightly ended at ''No Surprises.'' Kid A is, ironically, not indicative of what Radiohead has become nor the direction they're headed. It is nothing but wrong to judge a band on the merits of a single album for that lifts the album out of its greater context like lifting singles out of an album removes them from their lesser context. This album will be misunderstood for a long time. In retrospect, it will most likely be viewed as an interlude between OK Computer and the unnamed fifth album. To summarize: Kid A is not only an excellent album that has perhaps the best flow of an album in the past twenty years, it is a required addition to any Radiohead fan's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis is one of the best albums i have heard for a lone time. O.k. What? Kid A is Radiohead's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Radiohead has once again succeeded in coming up with a completely new set of music. This album is not diverse like its older brother, OK Computer, but I never get tired of this album¿s seven-minute tracks or looping. It is obvious on songs like ¿The National Anthem¿ that they did some heavy looping on this album. This album is meant to be played loud, and can be listened through if you like any one of the songs. I believe that Kid A will do better in Japan and Europe than in America, and here¿s why. In the past, America has been able to hail and worship the silliest songs Radiohead has made, such as ¿Karma Police¿ and ¿The Bends,¿ whereas the rest of the album is relatively serious. The Americans don¿t get it. They don¿t follow what kind of a band Radiohead is and they want everything drawn out in crayon for them. They will probably take the first single, ¿Optimistic,¿ in quickly as they did ¿Paranoid Android,¿ then go for a song like ¿The National Anthem,¿ which is more of what they expected and wanted. It is more a techno feel, and may make the album attract a completely different audience in America. I mean, the fact that it¿s on sale on the first day says something, now doesn¿t it? Don¿t get me wrong, it is a very good song, as well as the rest of the album. Radiohead has once again kept their mysterious and somewhat mellow mood throughout the making of Kid A, and they have kept using key signatures that do not register as 4-4, 3-4, or anything else you hear on the radio by bands such as Korn and Nsync. I'm hoping to hear some real music on the radio soon. Or as Thom would say, ¿If you want to be entertained, go see Hanson.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of people will compare this to OK Computer. That is a waste of time since they are very different pieces of music. If you like previous Radiohead material that does not mean that you will like Kid A, but if you enjoy brilliant material, composed in a near perfect setting, then Kid A is a good buy. After one listen I was interested. After the 2nd listen I was blown away. Kid A isn't going to change music like many people say it will, but Kid A will improve anyone's CD collection. Like many other material Radiohead has released, if you don't get this one, you are missing out on something powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, I guess I'll be the first reviewer to say that this is NOT a five star album. It's truly amazing, I've been listening to it for two straight days now, but it lacks the continuity and emotion of OK Computer or the songwriting of the Bends. What it lacks in lyrics (an actual verse structure is not found in 3 of the albums 10 tracks) it makes up for in atmosphere. I'll be listening to this CD for years, I'm sure, but it hasn't grabbed me by the ears and glued me to the stereo like OK Computer did. If you're a casual Radiohead fan, bum this CD off of a friend before you buy it. Give it a couple plays all the way through. Make sure the first time you listen to it that you have no interruptions. Kid A is an experience, much the same way that OK Computer was, but not on the same level. I'm putting it between The Bends and OK Computer in my CD case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In listening to KID A, it's hard to believe that this is the same band that produced PABLO HONEY. Radiohead has outdone themselves again, this time mixing old-school jazz and classical with burning rock and electronica. Every note has a purpose; every pulse is there for a reason. This is an album produced - no, *crafted* - by an amazingly eclectic group of artists who take tremendous pride in their work, obsessing over details that more popular acts would simply let slip by. This is not an album with a few singles and a lot of filler; rather, every minute is immensely listenable, an outpouring of raw emotion, fear and anguish not seen since their previous OK COMPUTER album and ''HOW AM I DRIVING?'' LP. From Thom Yorke's wailing vocals to Jonny Greenwood's astounding guitar riffs, every second of KID A pours itself right onto your heart and leaves you begging for more. A definite keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When radiohead's OK COMPUTER came out, it became a soundtrack of my life. It's electronica and paranoid-istic sounds awoke and at the same time subduded my senses. KID A does the same. The best song on the album- ''Motion Picture SOundtrack''. I am obsessed with the words because they make sense and the rthyms are attractive and attach themselves to all your emotions of extreme joy and sadness. Thanks Radiohead for being different and amazing at the same time!!!!! THis album is amazing as is OK COMPUTER. Get Them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
beautiful and stunning... ground breaking and thought prevoking, it is a step forward in music. not to be ignored
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has been getting a lot of bad rap from the moment it came out, and I have to say I'm not surprised. Let's be honest, most people would place this album in the category of ''downright weird''. It's not like any albums that are out there, and it is completely a big step away from the awesome OK Computer. Now the question is, is it a step back or step forward? Personally, I think it's the latter. I have to admit, at first listen I was like ''what the!?'' Then I gave it another listen and got pulled into their world. A friend described this album as something that belongs to a museum rather than on the radio, and I couldn't agree more. The sheer artistry put in every song is mind-boggling! People complain that there isn't enough lyrics. If you want lyrics, then listen to OK Computer. With Kid A, you get rhythm! I find myself wobbling my head frantically alah Thom Yorke when listening even to the slower songs, with the exception of the instrumental. The song Idioteque is downright phenomenal! The whole album is carefully crafted into a genius of an album! I bloody love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with some of the other reviewers, who argued that Kid A cannot really, and should not be compared with OK Computer. As a keen Radiohead fan, I anticipated that Kid A would again see Radiohead, changing their musical direction, as all their previous albums had different sounds. However, I was blown away when I first listened to the album, it was just so radically different to anything they had ever done before, the use of Jazz sounds within the album, and the use of Synthesisers, instead of guitars in most parts of the album, made Kid A as fascinating as it is Challenging, It is truly unlike anything I have ever heard before. However, it is still possible, to hear some aspects of the old Radiohead sound within Kid A. The brilliant ' How to Disappear Completely ' is a clear example of this. I was blown away by the tune, especially in the section at the end, where the music breaks away, and we are left with the sound of Thom Yorkes immaculate voice, a voice which contains more emmotion, and more heart than you will find in OK Computer. For me what Kid A shows, is that Radiohead are trying to push forward the boundaries of music. Kid A might not be everyones cup of tea, because it shows that music is still an art form, rather than something that you are told to listen to. What the album requires from any listener, is patience, as patience is the only way that you can fully appreciate this album. For me Kid A can be seen as ' The Dark Side of the Moon ' for the new millenium, an album which marked the turning point in rock music, and the album which Pink Floyd are most remembered for. Kid A is light years a head of it's time, and time will prove that this album is as fascinating, as it is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment!!! I was so looking forward to it, and it sucks. What the band worked towards so well on OK Computer and, especially, The Bends, is just totatlly lost. No melodies here,no music, just bad Aphex Twin ripoffs. If I want atmospherics, I'll listen to Tangerine Dream or Floyd. If I want good prog rock, I'll listen to old Genesis, or new bands such as IQ and Porcupine Tree. This record is awful, AWFUL!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is perhaps the most beautiful popular music i've ever heard. i wasn't thrilled with radiohead's earlier music .. this CD knocks me out. dare i say it borders on classical ? 'treefingers' reminds me of an organ piece by olivier messiean. 'in limbo' is stunning. sorry .. can't type any more .. must listen to the CD again. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
KID A is brilliant. It is disturbingly beautiful. I cried for days. The only music group that will be able to make an album better than KID A is Radiohead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Turn off the light and relax, let your mind fly the space......''Ok Computer''....lintening that CD you travel the universe on Radiohead Space shuttle.... With ''the bends'' float and feel the air touch your skin........the cool breeze of morning... the Hummingbird love listen Radiohead, and i sing for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you just have to keep listening to it, then you'll get it. the musci is soooo good. it's like Radiohead is questioning traditional song formats. They are peacefully rebelling. A true masterpeice of sound
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is simply amazing. Radiohead, shows how far out they can get before coming back with their new rock CD. A CD everyone should own, should have won best CD of the year. If you dont' beleive me listen to a little and you'll realize that these guys are geniuses at what they do and will forever change the face of rock
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, it's the most appealing album I may have ever seen. I've heard songs from this album played in a church before. My sister, a BSB-aholic, liked ''some of the songs.'' This is the only album where my neighbors don't scream at me to turn it off. And I can understand why, as well. It contains enough alternative sounds for everyone, enough mood music for New Agers, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is quite possibly the best set of music since Beethoven's 9th. Most albums are music that is art, this album is art that happens to be music. Turn it up, close your eyes, and imagine yourself in another world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought ''Kid A'' expecting some kind of logical follow up to ''OK Computer,'' but I was eventually glad that it wasn't. I was so happy to see Radiohead not getting stuck in the style that could have brought them more recognition and fans, but deciding to continue being artists. I really feel like this is a very warm album, it feels very analog depite the increased use of technology. I as absolutely blown away by the minimalism and strange, jazzy, undefinable sounds that I heard from this album. It is now my favorite Radiohead album, even over ''OK Computer.'' It just strikes up so many abstract feelings and nostalgia within me; this will be remembered as a true classic in time. It is a real turning point for Radiohead. This was a great album to be released in the time of super pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this was my first Radiohead album; after I had read about how fantastic it was, I asked for it for a present. Let me tell you, if you want a Radiohead album that is easy to get into, DON'T get this one. It seems to be an album that people either love or hate, but either way, this is not your typical CD where you can just sit down, casually listen to it once, and love it. Unlike The Bends (rock) and OK Computer (rock with some cool effects mixed in), Kid A, besides the track Optimistic, is not really a rock album, and sounds pretty experimental. The guitar takes a backseat to the keyboard and different electronic effects. And after listening to this album more than a few times, I still don't think it's ''pure genius'' or anything. Everything In Its Right Place is a weird, yet somewhat cool sounding opening track that has Thom singing some...odd lyrics and some nifty keyboard playing. The title track, on the other hand, is just plain boring, and The National Anthem would be better if the horns toward the end weren't so annoying. How to Disappear Completely, thankfully, is a well done, sad track, probably my favorite on the album. And I actually like Treefingers, despite it being very simple, it's a relaxing instrumental. Optimistic is a good track as well, and the most rock sounding track on the entire album. Then we have...In Limbo...which just doesn't sound good to me. At all. Same for Idioteque, which sounds like a bad dance song with annoying vocals. Morning Bell is a calm track, and while better than the last 2, isn't anything special. Motion Picture soundtrack is a good closer though. Pretty song. As you can see, I thought this CD was hit and miss. If you're new to Radiohead, I suggest you get The Bends to start out with, and then OK Computer if you like The Bends. Both are great albums, and a lot better than this. For this album, just download a few of the tracks and see if you like the new direction Radiohead's taking, like some seem to, then get it if you want. Just don't rush out and buy it, because you may be very disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This alubm is one of the best ones to listen to stoned, right up there with the likes of pink floyd :) This is a must for anyone who has an >>