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Amnesiac [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

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Radiohead created a rock grunge sound influenced by Nirvana and the Pixies in the nineties, with albums like Pablo Honey and The Bends. In the 2000s, they Merged electronica with abrasive guitar with Kid A and Amnesiac. They inspire the listener to be uplifted and reflective in equal measure. Their most critically acclaimed album, 1997's OK Computer, has been nominated as one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Vinyl (1 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00005B4GT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box
2. Pyramid Song
3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
4. You And Whose Army?
5. I Might Be Wrong
Disc: 2
1. Knives Out
2. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
3. Dollars & Cents
4. Hunting Bears
5. Like Spinning Plates
6. Life In A Glasshouse

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Though the songs on Amnesia were recorded at the same time as those on its predecessor, Kid A, the gap between the releases of the pair suggests a determination on Radiohead's part that the two should not be perceived as halves of the same whole. However, there is little in the way of meaningful stylistic divergence between the two albums--Amnesiac shares with Kid A an atmosphere of defeated, vengeful paranoia, a heavy reliance on electronic noises and distorted vocals, a somewhat frustrating absence of Jonny Greenwood's guitar and the song "Morning Bell", which reappears on Amnesiac in a slightly less mournful arrangement. It may just be that Radiohead felt that it might have been a bit much to ask anyone, even Radiohead fans, to consume this entire lugubrious trove at once. Amnesiac, like Kid A is heavy going. And, also like Kid A, Amnesiac rewards repeated listenings generously. The more acute Thom Yorke's lyrical biliousness grows, the harder the band work to redeem matters with some moments of astonishing beauty. "You and Whose Army?" contains gorgeous knelling piano evocative of "Karma Police", "Like Spinning Plates" deploys a backwards backing track to bewitching effect, and the closing track, "Life in a Glasshouse", is an exuberant Laughing Clowns-style wig-out, featuring veteran jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton. Once again, it is not so much that Radiohead have not put a foot wrong, but that they're walking where nobody else has trodden. Amnesiac is another giant leap. --Andrew Mueller

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious ... but what's everyone moaning about? 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Reviewers should probably start by admitting their bias, and mine is that I loved Kid A. Having I enjoyed Radiohead since Creep and The Bends, I realised with OK Computer that this was not a band content to musically stand still. All of the major artists like The Beatles,Dylan,Bowie etc.have been driven by the urge to explore and, despite the inevitable clunker, emerged stronger for it. And, inevitably, their old fans attacked them for it. I find Amnesiac to be a far more melodically accessible album than Kid A, but it only works if you're not expecting more of the stadium rock anthems of yore. Certainly, it's not an album for everyone, but compared to the later work of,say, Autechre or Squarepusher it's actually rather user-friendly given its ambitions. I left one star off because I feel the best work of Radiohead is still to come. But complaining that it doesn't all sound like My Iron Lung is like complaining that I Am The Walrus isn't as good as Please Please Me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spangdanglytastic!!! Radiohead rule!!! 23 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
You don't often listen to music whilst not doing something else. It is a rare occasion when you sit down, and listen to an album. Usually (or at least in my case), listening to albums/music in generall involves working/waking up/sleeping/etc. Amnesiac is perfect for all of these situations, and this is what I want an album for.
Every song is worthwhile on this album. 'Packt...' opens the album broodingly;a repetitive beat evolves into subtle keyboards and delicate vocals, followed by the 'I'm a reasonable man...' catch-line. Amnesiac begins where it means to carry on;quiet, mysterious and thoroughly enthralling.
The defining moment of this album is the opening to 'Pyramid Song'. Subdued piano blends with growing haunting vocals set the tone for this magnificent, immense song. Later in the track, drums, guitars and violins create a cacophony of sound, arousing the senses whatever you are doing. 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' is easily the worst track on the album, ruining the atmosphere created by the previous track. However, its ugly muffled vocals do mix with the gritty music, and although some pretentious critics say 'Pulk/Pull...' is only worthwhile listened to as a 'thing', its musical values do grow. Not great, but not as bad as most say.
'You and Whose Army?' begins as a sunny sunday morning, and ends as a slow sunday evening lament, with a sad centre. 'I Might Be Wrong' is my favourite track, reminding me of my favourite track of all time(Idioteque on Kid A). The excellent choppy riff builds and builds with Thom Yorke's fuzzy lyrics, climaxing in a tear-jerking guitar solo. 'I Might Be Wrong' is my favourite track on Amnesiac.
'Knives Out' dissapoints slightly, as it begins so well, yet stays there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If any Radiohead album epitimises the great music transition made at the turn of the millenium, 'Amnesiac' is it. Pre-2000 Radiohead was a totally different beast to the 21st century version, and this change in style, attitude and imagination is evident through their fifth studio album. The experimental nature of the disc was revolutionary at the time and proved Radiohead were no ordinary alternative rock band; they had the musical inovation required to create an album as unique and influential as Sgt. Peppers.

'Amnesiac' remains a lynchpin of their live act, not in the numerical sense, but in the way that the most moving memorable songs in the set were from the record. I recently saw them live at the Hammersmith Apollo and tracks from the album played a big part. The concert began with the sensationally moving 'You and Whose Army'. We were immersed in darkness and the beautiful piano and thickened vocals cut through me like a smooth feather. My spine tingled with excitement and I almost began to well up with emotion. Later in the set the jaunty bounce of 'Dollars and Cents' elated the crowd as Thom Yorke's dramatic (and often disturbing) lyrics sent waves of tension and angst throughout the audience. Although the album featured no more from Amnesiac, it could have done.

For example, the fantastic 'Pyramid Song', a similarly dramatic track to 'You and Whose Army', could well have played a huge part in the act, mainly due to its captivating emotion. 'I Might Be Wrong' and the truly superb guitar fuelled 'Knives Out' are also memorable songs adding great depth to the album.

'Amnesiac' however is an experimental, electronic album, so songs such as 'Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Can' and the jazz-fusion 'Life In A Glasshouse' require a particularly acquired taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amnesiac 18 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
The popular misconception of this album is that it's just made up of Kid A cast-offs. But that is simply not the case. Many consider this radioheads finest body of work even though its not as critically acclaimed as Kid A.

Personally this is my favourite Radiohead longplayer. Pyramid Song, You And Whose Army?, I Might Be Wrong, Like Spinning Plates and Life In A Glasshouse being particular highlights..

The album feels more listenable and complete than Kid A, while still offerring some great electro-experimental moments- the industrially tinged Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors being one of my favourites.

If you like Kid A or Hail To The Theif you need this recording. ignore whatever is said about it.

And if you like this - i highly recommend I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings. For a particularly heart-felt rendition of Like Spinning Plates and stunning bside 'True Love Waits'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amnesiac
Always a evolving band, this sibling of Kid A (the tracks were apparently more or less leftovers from the Kid A sessions) is another fine example of Radiohead's inventiveness,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated and under appreciated Radiohead album
A lot of people, critics and fans alike, simply dismiss Amnesiac as some form of inferior B Side album to the great Kid A. Read more
Published 17 months ago by B.O.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Stare
Liked it when it came out and still play it now and again. Few bands experiment out of a well defined Behavioural formula, first laid down by the 3 chord battering of the Ramones. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 ) Complex perceptions undermine Amnesiac as an album, May 10,...
Critics and fans alike haunt AMNESIAC, Radiohead's 2001 album, with accusations this record is little more than a KID B. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best by Radiohead
Radiohead are possibly the best band around, and this is one of their best albums... its just got so much depth and you notice something different about each song every time you... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars radiohead at their experimental best
With a change of direction signaled by Kid A, Radiohead continue their experimental side with a haunting and atmospheric album that needs to be played in its entirety to fully... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by shergar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great packaging
Everyone has already commented at depth on the music here. What should be said though is that EMI have done a great job on all the Radiohead reissues. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Dr. Elaine M. Pincho
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great album
I'm collecting every Radiohead album because they are the best band in the world. Most of this new so called 'music' these days radiohead is THE best band from England and always... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by Mattt_Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Astral cars...yes...listen
Amnesiac is so much better than Kid A. You can have a real party with this album. That kid A's not coming to this party! Your name's not down, you're not coming in, kid...eh? Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by N. Messenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Grossly underated....up there with their best! An exceptional album
I've only just bought this album in 'hard copy' format, 10 years after it was released! All I can say is i wish I had had it in my life back then.... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Rozielou 85
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