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Kid A

Radiohead Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000025558
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything In Its Right Place
2. Kid A
3. The National Anthem
4. How To Disappear Completely
5. Treefingers
6. Optimistic
7. In Limbo
8. Idioteque
9. Morning Bell
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Radiohead may well be the most courageous band in Britain. Their second album, The Bends, was a success both critically and commercially, and they followed it up with an album of epic prog-rock, OK Computer, that would have destined a lesser band to commercial failure and, eventually, obscurity. Instead, it was almost universally hailed as one of the finest albums ever recorded. So it should come as no great surprise that their fourth album, Kid A, is even more experimental, owing a debt to the studio-born soundscapes of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and even later Talk Talk. Kid A is an album that would not sound out of place on the Warp Records roster, as keyboards, sequencers and electronic effects take the place of guitars on most tracks (particularly unusual for a band that boasts three guitarists). In fact, this is an album that succeeds without rock's bombast, from the looping keyboards of album opener "Everything In Its Right Place" to the bouncing, bass-led "The National Anthem" to the album's hauntingly atmospheric highlight, "Idioteque". Meanwhile, more traditional Radiohead tracks like "How To Disappear Completely" and "Optimistic" offer a natural bridge between the electronic noodlings of Kid A and the (slightly) more mainstream-sounding OK Computer. Radiohead may well be the most innovative popular band since the Beatles; as such, Kid A represents the most successful evolution of a major British act since Sgt Pepper's. --Robert Burrow

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RADIOHEAD Kid A (2000 UK 10-track CD album including classic tracks Everything In The Right Place National Anthem Optimistic and Idioteque complete with fold-out booklet picture sleeve)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably addictive 1 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better after ten years 13 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Unfortunately, amazon.co.uk only allow for a maximum of 5 stars on their rating system. I believe this is the 401th review of Kid A since its release ten years ago. What an album to look back on; Kid A marked the end of Radioheads mainstream success as one of the best rock bands of all time, and the beginning of something much more profound and beautiful.

It really could have gone either way: O'Brien wanted the band to reverse back into snappy three-minute pop songs, whilst Yorke had different plans for their future. Kid A really can't be placed in any particular genre of music. It sits there all alone in its dreamy world. This is an album of truly unique, and in my humble opinion, unrivalled since its release in 2000.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Dylan went electric... 20 Mar 2008
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..there was a bit of a kerfuffle. And so it seems there was a bit of a fuss over this album. It isn't filled with indie guitar anthems, but generally quieter songs, using the studio as an instrument alongside their normal tools. Musically you can compare it with Underworld's, Bjork's and their own more laid back moments, but its recognisably Radiohead. It's a difficult sort of album for a guitar band to attempt and I think they've done well. I like it a lot. Listen to it while I'm working or reading, and I'll find it suddenly grabs my interest and takes me off somewhere else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic? 21st century Kafka-esque soundscape 13 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Its taken a long time to get used to Kid A. Now, a year after first hearing it, im wondering why it was so hard to get into. Infact the depth of this record is quite astonishing, theres still more for me to discover. Only the other day I discovered a booklet hidden behind the CD inlay tray. and might I say that the art for this CD suits the album perfectly. Its a record of being lost, powerless as an insect in the modern world. "Optimistic" is the anthem for all 20 somethings wasting away in offices accross Britain. Personal favourite songs are "In Limbo", and "Idioteque", which manages to ROCK without there being any guitars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LISTEN UP! 4 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Those of the other reviewer's here who rated this 1 or 2 stars can only have listened to it a couple of times.
Kid A has been slagged off in the majority of the music press because it's not a direct copy of The Bends or OK Computer... and okay, I DID feel very disappointed when I first heard it, but I've not stopped listening to it. The songs I hated first I'm getting into now in a BIG way (The National Anthem and Optimistic), and the songs I loved (How To Disappear Completely and In Limbo) I now rate as Radiohead classics.
It's a classic grower, in true Radiohead style. Music that lasts is great music, and this is great music.
Buy the album, listen to it, digest it, love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect grower 9 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album really grows on you...

you have to listen to it lots...thus making it value for money!

Seriously it is a good album. Individually there are a few tracks that stand out from the rest but I must emphasise that this is an ALBUM.

It needs to be consumed from start to finish in one hit. Think of it like Mike Oldfield. Lots of songs blended into one album.

The other thing I like about this grower is that Radiohead developed their music. They were on top of the world with OK Computer. They could've released another OK Computer like album and sold millions. But they ignored the commercial side of things and developed a new genre almost.

This is almost like jazz, like avant guarde (sp) minimalism. It's pushing the boundaries. It's the antithesis of pop.

In a world where we hear so much "verse chorus verse chorus x2" on regular pop albums, it's a bright relief to hear something that has more thought and narrative directed at it.

I wasn't a big radiohead fan till I heard this...and now I've gone back into their catelogue. But this still is the best one. It's the next progressive step after OK Computer. It's deeper, darker, more twisted, less commercial and perfectly produced.

If you're sick of where music is these days...if it's too boring or predictable...then buy Kid A. Don't forget to listen to it in one hit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid A
Never did get into this album on first release despite loving The Bends and Ok Computer , the departure was just too vast for me at the time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
This is a fantastic album and sounds even better on record. I was pleased with the price. The item arrived fairly quickly and is in perfect condition. Thanks for this chaps
Published 14 months ago by Emma Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
By far Radiohead's greatest album to date. On vinyl it shines and I can think of no better way to listen to it.
Published 15 months ago by Kim Levin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Innovation
After Radiohead's OK Computer was one of the most sucsessful albums of all time, Radiohead needed to do something to stop album 4 from becoming "the album after OK Computer", so... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. E. Bambridge-sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid A Review
I truly believe Kid A to be a work of complete genius, and that is all I personally have to say.

" ...everything all of the time"
Published 17 months ago by Halloween Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop living in a fantasy world
All i can say is wow. After the incredible Ok Computer it seemed like Radiohead would never create anything better. Well 'Kid A' might just be even better! Read more
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