Radiohead had already confused listeners of their earlier rock/prog sound with the electronic and experimental Kid A when they announced a swift follow up Amnesiac. Most of the songs were recorded in the same sessions as Kid A and although Amnesiac had some more radio-friendly moments (Pyramid Song and Knives Out), the album was still far from their earlier guitar-led anthemic songs. Another groundbreaking and exploratory work from the band that, like Kid A, went onto be hugely influential.
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9/10 XanderGJones 11th May 2014
If I've had a particularly rough night out and suffer the almost-ritual of unbearable Sundays where coffee and cigarettes get abused in an effort to deal with the brutality, I find myself reaching out to Amnesiac. I have a friend who does the same and we've discussed that Amnesiac acts as a therapeutic gift for times when you need to clear your head, especially 'Pyramid Song' (something happens in the brain when you hear those first piano chords). The whole album is a creative journey, one of those albums where all the tracks seem as if they're in the absolute perfect order. Much like its elder sibling album Kid A, it's heavily electronic, but shows slightly more rocky spells with tracks like 'I Might Be Wrong' and 'Knives Out'. I've often seen the term 'experimental' get used to genre-place Amnesiac, but that almost implies that a band or artist don't have much of an idea of what they're doing, and I think Radiohead really did know what they were doing when recording during the Kid A/Amnesiac sessions. For me, this album includes some of Radiohead's finest recordings. Thom, Jonny, Colin, Ed and Phil (and Nigel Godrich) made something very special here.
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