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A Leaning Towards Better Quality After the Aberration of 'Kid A'
on 28 August 2017
I rarely bought anything new from 2000 onwards, being happy with my large music collection amassed over the previous 30 years+ and especially as little 'new' really enticed me.
However, some 10 years after my last Radiohead acquisition, the astounding and utterly memorable 'OK Computer', I was enticed into getting the Radiohead album 'In Rainbows' album and recently, after hearing about a 20th anniversary release for 'OK Computer', I was provoked into trying out earlier albums of theirs.
So, after a VERY disappointing listen to 'Kid A' but then a MUCH more satisfying audition of their debut 1993 album, 'Pablo Honey', then the astoundingly good 'The Bends' I got the 2001 'Amnesiac' album...
Since for me 'Kid A' was so bad, this album came as something of a surprise since it was released just 1 year after that abomination BUT marks a clear attempt to return to what I consider to be Radiohead 'normality' ie their more rhythmical compositions, with quality instrumentals and prominent vocals.
No where near the quality of their first 3 albums, it does at least have a few memorable tracks.
Things start of rather worryingly, with an almost 'Kid A'-esque track with the pretentiously titled 'Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box' (proved by the fact that Amazon can't even spell it properly in their track listing....!).
Thankfully, signals of normality soon appear with track 2, 'Pyramid Song', where (wonders of wonders) Thom Yorke's voice is heard almost immediately, rather than having to endure an opening period of sound-effect 'music'.
Track 3 is another 'Kid A' type forgettable song before we at last get a series of acceptable tracks before a much, MUCH more decent offering with track 6 'Knives Out'.
Things then bumble along nearer to the 'quality' bottom than the top before we then have another successful song, the final track, with the almost 'OK Computer'ish effort 'Life in a Glasshouse'.
So, whilst 'Kid A' should be avoided, I would say that of their later albums (I've written this review subsequent to also having got 'Hail to the Thief', which has now prompted me to raise the white flag of submission to their post-'OKC' albums...) this and 'In Rainbows' are worth a try.
HOWEVER, instead I recommended that you consider getting 'Pablo Honey', 'The Bends' and then (if it has somehow passed you by, to complete my Radiohead 'set') 'OK Computer', either with the original album or the recent 20th anniversary release.