When I first heard that Radiohead were going to release a new album, I figured it was going to include all those unreleased songs from the video 'Meeting People is Easy'. I was disappointed with most of the album for about a day or so until i really loved it.
The immediete songs i enjoyed by simply flicking through the tracks were, 'How to disappear comepletely', and 'Morning Bell', as to me they are just your average Radiohead songs to me. Getting used to songs such as the title track and 'In Limbo' definitely took time, but now I appreciate them so much now. Radiohead's influence of Aphex Twin is obvious is 'Everything in its Right Place' and 'Kid A', with the random drum beats, the chiming synthisers and the electronic voices muttering such lyrics as "we've got heads on sticks / We've got ventriloquists." People were very annoyed as to 'Treefingers' being slap-bang in the middle of the album, as it suddenly slows it down, but I personally think its ok to go. To me, putting it as a bonus track isn't so effective, and I think the 'Head boys saw that too. At first, I wasn't so impressed with the 'National Anthem's' bass riff, as being a big rock fan I saw nothing special with it, but that also grew on me. The industrial like thumping drum beat on 'Ideoteque' gives the album a bit more spunk, and 'The National Anthem' sounds as emotional as Nine Inch Nails 'The Great Below'. The only real disappointing song on the album is 'Optimistic', simply because I don't think its that good a song, simple as that.
To me, 'Kid A' is a wonderful album. With the album, I can picture images to suit the music, or a film which would go well with it. When it comes to going out, 'Kid A' is always first to go in my CD player, and it just fades into the background. Compared to Radiohead's past albums, this must never be compared to them. However, I still think 'OK Computer' is better, and the boys from the head could never have beaten it.