Saturday, January 31, 2009

Best of 2000s: Radiohead - Kid A (4.5/5)

Kid A is a brilliantly weird album that took me about 3 years to embrace, but I'm so glad I finally did. The experimental album, a blend of electronic and traditional rock sounds, pushed Radiohead in a new and unusual direction with very positive results. "Everything in Its Right Place" is one of my favorite electronic sounds, a lovely almost eerie sound is achieved by the layering of synth chords and distorted voices. "How to Disappear Completely" is similar, but even more melancholic, opening with creepy synths and sad acoustic guitar strumming. Depression never sounded better. While a few tracks get a little too strange--"Treefingers" and "Kid A" sound like the kind of music that plays in the background of a weird modern art exhibit--the music works as a coherent album, despite all the different directions it takes.

Best: Everything in Its Right Place, How to Disappear Completely, The National Anthem, Morning Bell, Idioteque, Optimistic, In Limbo

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