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5.0 out of 5 stars
An underappreciated masterpiece., 11 Feb. 2003
Kid A is a huge jump forward from Radiohead's previous outing, OK Computer. It's a hugely experimental album; and had a lesser band tried to make such an album, it might have, well, sucked. But in Thom Yorke and the rest of the band's more than capable hands, Radiohead have created a simply stunning album.
The first track gives you a good taste of what to come; Everything In It's Right Place is little more than Thom singing over a keyboard melody; a million miles away from Planet Telex and Airbag, the openings of the previous two albums. Yet despite Radiohead's transcendence from guitar music to, well, Kid A, they have remained as musically brilliant as ever.
Following this is the title track, Kid A, which is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in my short life; written on a computer program written by Thom, a baby's-mobile-like [can't think of a better way of describing it] melody plays, accompanied by Colin on bass and Phil giving a perfectly fitting drum accompaniment.
The album goes from atmospheric ballads like How To Disappear Completely, Morning Bell and In Limbo, to rock anthems like The National Anthem and Optimistic; to experimental tracks like the beautiful Treefingers and Motion Picture Soundtrack. And of course, there's the amazing Idioteque, a fast, energetic track with beautiful vocals and melody.
Radiohead's most experimental album is, while not their best, still an amazing record and definitely worth buying. In my opinion, this is a tour de force for Jonny, who gets to show off his keyboard abilities; and also Phil, whose drumming is superb in Kid A, The National Anthem and Idioteque. And of course, Thom's voice is as breathtaking as ever.
You should buy this album. Do it. Do it now. You know you want to.