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    Lightbulb KID A: The Metaphours Analysis

    as i've stated before, i love to write and i felt like writing this piece for a long time. kid a by radiohead is my favorite album ever and i've always felt like writing a review piece on it. well today i finally felt like i should and i did, and now i'm uploading it on typoc for all you gaiz to see enjoy...


    In the year 2000, in the aftermath of the Y2K craze and ultimate dissipation, Radiohead dropped a bombshell. After 3 years of intense speculation and anticipation, the band released their fourth and possibly greatest album, Kid A. The album, arguably the greatest of all time, polarized and divided fans and critics alike and by the end of the year nearly everyone had thrown in their two cents worth of criticism and analysis. And now 9 years later, it's Metaphours turn:

    Within the first few seconds of the bleeps and ominous blips and snippets of Thom Yorke's beautiful crooning voice of the first track "Everything in It's Right Place" you know what your listening to is near sacred. With "Kid A" you begin to second guess yourself as to whether or not the album was made by humans or a super intelligent race of robots with amazing musical skill and sensibility. On "The National Anthem" you're immediately hooked with Colin Greenwood's repetitive and amazing bass riff (quite possibly the greatest bass riff ever, ironically the riff heard on the album was not played by Colin but by Yorke) and Phil Selway's hardcore, yet on time drumming. By the time this blows your mind to a truly explosive level, Radiohead shows their amazing and perfect ability to top themselves by throwing in a powerful and catchy tuba-riff which makes this song unforgettable. On the fourth track, "How to Disappear Completely" the ruckus of the previous track comes to a screeching halt and suddenly the listener is left alone with Thom Yorke's quiet acoustic strumming soon accompanied with Jonny Greenwood's amazing multi-instrumental abilities on the ghostly, yet gorgeous-sounding ondes Martenot.

    Halfway through the album, we are greeted with the ambient track, "Treefingers" originally a guitar solo written by Ed O'Brien which was reversed and digitally processed, soothing the listener and guiding them through the halfway point of the album with ethereal soundscapes and lovely digital work. The soaring guitar hailing from OK Computer makes a daring return with the next song, "Optimistic." In this song Yorke croons poetic soliloquies while Jonny jams away on his guitar. Selway's drumming, loud and spacious completes the song, the only true glimpse of what Radiohead formerly was. Next up is "In Limbo," spooky yet charming, Yorke sings of being lost at see while presumably Colin plays a jazzy lick on a Rhodes piano.

    Next is fan-favorite, Idioteque. A glitch/computer music inspired song, Idioteque effectively uses a sample from Paul Lansky's Mild Und Liese, which serves as the bumping basis for the entire song. Yorke and Greenwood's beats blirp and bleep through the song creating a deep atmosphere perfectly set for Yorke's beautiful voice. The penultimate track, "Morning Bell" is a culmination of everything that was built up over the course of the album: sparse guitar, visceral keyboards, amazing god-like vocals, and fantastic electronic and real life beats. "Motion Picture Soundtrack" the final song the album is a quiet and beautiful song which gloriously ends the album. Soothing harps build upwards in correlation to Yorke's vocals as horns sparsely accompany them in the background, eventually fading out slowly and gorgeously.

    No matter how you feel about the album or the band itself, no one can deny that Kid A definitely made an impact on the music industry and introduced fans and easy-music-goers alike to a kind of underground music that was not being advertised mainstream-wise at the time. It's definitely made an impact on my life and I listen to the whole album once through at lease once or twice a day. Kid A is the album that firmly cemented my dreams of being a musician at some point in my life and has managed to crawl it's way into the center of my musical-heart.

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    Nice post. Great and thorough description of one of the most respected albums of this decade (can you believe it is about to come to a close??!).

    Here is what I said about Kid A in my blog when I counted down my top ten albums of the 00s (I wasn't feeling very wordy obviously):

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    4. Kid A by Radiohead

    -Dark, complex, sad, pretty, elegant, frightening, messy, meaningless.

    Favorite memory: I bring my portable iPod player with me on top of the sand dunes. It's a full moon. Across the river I see the dark forest. There are beams of moonlight shining through the trees to illuminate the glades. The music shines across the river and fills those spaces too.
    The album is something that is for sure. It contains a haunting grace that is equally creepy/dark and beautiful/light.

    Treefingers is one of the greatest "ambient" tracks I've heard. It's crazy how people don't like that track.

    I remember the first time I heard How To Disappear Completely. I was in awe. The emotions expressed through great songwriting and technical skill crippled me in that moment. I was paralyzed with goosebumps and tears. It will always be one of my favorite songs.
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    Great....just great....Radiohead fans:steam:

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    I tried to get in to radiohead, I really did, but it just wasn't happening. I found them very overproduced on my listen throughs. Thought OK Computer was better too, but I'm gonna give them some more time, there's got to be some reason why they're so popular.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    I tried to get in to radiohead, I really did, but it just wasn't happening. I found them very overproduced on my listen throughs. Thought OK Computer was better too, but I'm gonna give them some more time, there's got to be some reason why they're so popular.
    Yeah It took me a while to really get into Radiohead. I literally had the albums sitting on my desk for like a year until finally I was like, "alright if I'm not gonna listen to this I might as well give them away." And then I put it into my stereo and was in awe at how spectacular the album was. You definitely have to give it more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    Great....just great....Radiohead fans:steam:
    you and your avatar are extremely annoying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    Great....just great....Radiohead fans:steam:
    I'm going to be uncool and say I love Kid A . And Amnesiac even more.

    And Thom's voice rules. Learn to love it!
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    That is my third-favorite of their albums. There were better albums made in 2000.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Dude...


    I am the biggest Radiohead fan I know and I know every song on this album in obsessive detail, because I love it that much.

    And I still think you've exaggerated quite a bit here, honestly.

    All this gushing about 'greatest this' and 'greatest that ever' just shows a lack of contextual background regarding the sounds and styles that Kid A arose from.

    It's a very enjoyable album, but Radiohead didn't invent powerful electronic music any more than Nirvana invented grunge. They just popularized a number of ideas that were already there.

    Listen, if you just want to talk about how much you enjoy the album, that's great and I'm right there with you (saw Radiohead live last summer on the In Rainbows tour, amazing show)--but if that's all you're doing then there's no reason to make any pretense at "reviewing" the album, as if you're making any attempt to consider the context or all possible viewpoints on it/come to any kind of objective consensus.

    I know you may see this as a middling concern, but that's not really what music critique is about. If I want to read verbal Thom Yorke fellatio, there's always Pitchfork.
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    I hate Pitchfork so much. That site gave Kid A a 10.0, and Pet Sounds a 7.5 (later changed when another new edition came out on CD).
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