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on 16 February 2011
It seems fairly common to not 'get' this album to start with. It's not so much a case where I would say that the word 'difficult' is an understatement, as if you approach this without a view to sentimentality or depth then you'll most likely still find some enjoyment in certain tracks provided that the brand of ambient electronica on here is to your taste. The right ears, however, hearing this from its opening track to its teary conclusion, will become completely absorbed. This is revered by many as one of, if not the best, albums ever created. Everything on offer here is only included on the basis of meticulous design; a seamless and often heartbreaking fusion of the artificial and the organic, from the synth-rooted drum-driven glitching of the magnificent Idioteque right down to the audible pumping of the Harmonium's bellows on the album's exquisite closer.
That closer is Motion Picture Soundtrack, and taken alone or at the end of a lesser album would still be heart-stopping. At the end of Kid A, it moves mountains. I've yet to hear it without getting goosebumps, and I've listened a great number of times. It's easy to call this album pretentious or self indulgent or whatever have you, but whether or not you buy into or even care about this being the very deliberate 'commercial suicide' that it is alleged to be, it cannot be refuted that a great many people find such beauty in this music that they nigh on swear by it. If you stop thinking about why things are happening in the music- if you completely put any stigmas at the back of your mind, and really just listen- you'll find that everything here just works. From the packaging to the lyrics to the writing to the fades between songs to even the most subtle of little production touches, this is as complete a musical package as you'll ever find, and just about the best you will too.