Kid A

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

...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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2000
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724352922024
  • Catalog Number: 529220
  • Sales rank: 57,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everything in Its Right Place (4:11)
  2. 2 Kid A (4:44)
  3. 3 The National Anthem (5:51)
  4. 4 How to Disappear Completely (5:56)
  5. 5 Treefingers (3:42)
  6. 6 Optimistic (5:16)
  7. 7 In Limbo (3:31)
  8. 8 Idioteque (5:09)
  9. 9 Morning Bell (4:35)
  10. 10 Motion Picture Soundtrack (7:01)
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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
Chris Blair Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    feeling,

    music to make you feel. best listened to alone, it's a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique and Breathtaking

    Look, like with ANY radiohead album, unless you're already a fan, the first time you listen to it, you're going to hate it. It's sort of inevitable, especially with OK computer. But put a good pair of cans on (any Radiohead album, take away maybe the Bends and Pablo Honey, which don't really count anyway) and tracks like "How to Disappear Completely", "In Limbo", and "Motion Picture Soundtrack" are beautiful and intricate enough to make a grown man cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GIVE ME MY $15 BACK!!!

    So, so, so LAME! "Optimistic" is the only song worth listening to, and it doesn't have anything in common with any of the other songs on the album. Unless you are a die-hard fan of Radiohead (as in, you'll take a bullet for Thom Yorke), save your money -- or go buy an Interpol album...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    This CD is not something a person can be indifferent about. You either love or hate it. You can fall asleep to it or have your mind blown away.This is definatly not the Bends Part 2 but it is clearly Radiohead. The bits of experimentation on OK Computer hints at what is to come. This CD will definitly lead a new wave of artistic experimental music.This CD is genius and those who don't see the magic behind this CD aren't looking deep enough within themselves to find that part of the brain that will intertwaine with that of Thom Yorke's. This CD will make you think of more than what our reality is but what reality exist outside of our perception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for those who like music that's really unique

    Radiohead is a good band. They are unique and each of their albums, though completely different from each other, are great. This album is the most different of them all. It is really unique and you might not like it at first (like me) but after a while it will grow on you and before you know it, you're hooked.I personally like the song "How to dissappear completely" and "Morning Bell".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have a little heart!

    I'm concerned that the people who have given this album mediocre reviews just don't get it. OK Computer has been largely hailed as Radiohead's magnum opus, and it is a fantastic album, but Kid A takes it to the next level. This is not a rock cd. This is a masterfully composed work of art. It's not to be played at parties, unless you're the beat poet, coffee house type. Rather, this is an album to sit down and listen to, to concentrate on, and to rejoice in the textural splendor that Radiohead has created. These guys are the Marc Rothkos of the music world. The people who get it will love it, and those who don't will say that it's stupid. So get it, and you too will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Strange but Enchanting

    This is definitely a weird cd, but great to listen to nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not good

    National Anthem is ruined by the horns at the end. There are two songs that are great--"Idioteque" and "Optimistic". The rest of the songs are slow and have no meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for everyone, but if you can hack it, you'll love it.

    This is not an accessable album. It's weird, it's edgy, it's wholly experimental and sometimes somewhat uncomfortable. It's not background music, but something you need to listen to and really think. A cerebral and strange experiment in techno/rock, Kid A is one of Radioheads best, up there with the now- legendary OK Computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    Eeveryone who thinks that this album is anything short of a masterpice is an idiot. It's different from some of the older stuff but it's awsome never the less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kid C+ is more appropriate - and I'm being generous

    The guys have certainly tried something different here and it's mediocre at best. After listening to it 4 or 5 times I'm really struggling to like it - it shouldn't be that way. Fingers crossed for March's new release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Dogs Bo**ox

    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 <<<open mind>>>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A different, new Radiohead...and one I'm not that crazy about

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An incredible piece of artistry

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Appealing to all

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kid A+

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this CD is incredible .. a thousand stars !

    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. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant, Haunting

    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.

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