Kid A Review

SwagFlicks
Best songs: Everything In Its Right Place, The National Anthem, Idioteque, Morning Bell, How To Disappear Completely, Kid A
Worst song: N/A

13/10


Kid A...

Never expected an album I originally rated a 9/10 to skyrocket to a 13/10, the second one I have ever given to an album ( Endtroducing..... was originally a 13/10). But... it somehow happened.

I never really cared for Radiohead at all at first. On one hand, they were one of the most acclaimed bands of the past 25 years. On the other hand... I was pretty ignorant in my music taste, being restricted to hip-hop and the mainstream. Then, I decided to take a listen to Kid A, and at first, it was great, albeit being a little bit weird at places. Then I listened to OK Computer, and I was like "Wow, this album is one of the best I've ever heard. Much better than Kid A." A month or two passed, and I decided to take a listen to that Kid A album again. I wasn't expecting much, but on the second listen of the night, something clicked within me. And that's when I realized "Holy sh*t, this album is better than OK Computer ". Tracks like Everything In Its Right Place become instant favorites of mine, and tracks that were iffy but solid at first and second listen immediately became perfect upon third listen. Of course, tracks that I absolutely loved upon first listen like The National Anthem, How to Disappear Completely, and Morning Bell grew on me drastically, and with all of the combined factors, I had zero choice but to give this album a 13/10.

But let me explain why this album is a 13/10, apart from the tracks itself.

On OK Computer, there was this sense of urgency that was running rampant throughout the album, and I think it had something to do with the production. Like on tracks like Paranoid Android [CD1], there were these electronic elements that never got the chance to make their show above the Art Rock and Alt Rock elements. They were clawing at the walls, trying to make their appearance without being overshadowed. On Kid A, however, the first few seconds are just Radiohead tired of playing around with guitars and just using a f*cking synthesizer. And guess what? It's the most beautiful, melancholic production I've ever heard in a song. Joy Division can't live up to it; Giles Corey can't live up to it; hell, not even Radiohead themselves can live up to it anymore. There's also pure ambient songs like Kid A and Treefingers, the latter is just a pure instrumental of soothing synths, the former is a chilling metallic track full of eeriness, not even counting the lyrics. Then there's also the chaotic jazz-rock track The National Anthem, which was my favorite track on the album when I first listened to it. There's this repetitive, yet epic bassline anchoring the song, random saxophones appearing out of nowhere, and an epic cymbal pattern a little bit into the song. It's just all so eargasmic.

Then there's the lyrics, which honestly, are some of the darkest and cryptic sh*t you'll ever come across when you listen to music. Okay, forget Aesop Rock and his metaphors for one second, because while those are pretty cryptic, they have NOTHING on the darkness tracks like Morning Bell provide, in which Thom maybe sings about divorce, describe a violent scene with clothes strewn about the home, tells his fictional significant other to 'release him', and telling her to... 'cut the kids in half'. Jesus motherf*cking Christ. That's not where it ends, though, as the title track is a plethora of darkness. A popular theory about the song is that the line "We've got heads on sticks/You've got ventriloquists" suggests that those two subjects raise the first human clone, Kid A, as a scientific experiment. He's essentially being controlled by people who look down upon others and puppetmasters; he has no free will, which is an absolutely terrifying thought. But that's not the end of it, oh no. Remember the missing child poster on the cover of OK Computer? Well, they connect back to it with the lines "The rats and children follow me out of town/Come on kids", which honestly leaves a pit of emptiness inside of me. Then there's Everything In Its Right Place, which to me describes the bitter and emotional state Thom was in while he was on the OK Computer tour.

Now, Thom Yorke isn't a bad singer whatsoever. In fact, he's one of my favorite singers of all time. But... the vocals fare the least on the album. Don't get me wrong, they're still f*cking amazing, it's just... well, less perfect than other aspects on the album. I love his falsetto on Everything In Its Right Place, his melancholic breakdown on How to Disappear Completely, and especially his oddly spiritual grunts on Optimistic. Other than that... yeah, it's one of his best album performances to date.

So what score does this album get from me?

13/10

This isn't the highest score I have given an album, but it is the highest score I've ever given an electronic or rock album. Take from that what you will, as it's probably the most experimental release you'll ever hear in your lifetime.

This is SwagFlicks, and I have crippling depression.

Comments

Why did you have to reference idubbbz.

While I do have pretty significant distance from the album, mainly because I feel like some compositions are a bit too safe and colorless, this is still very good, maybe even great. 8/10 - WonkeyDude98

It's foreshadowing the next review... - SwagFlicks

Oh...it's Unknown Pleasures. - WonkeyDude98

I love this album. It was my first taste in the expiremental genre. Quite the unique album. My favorite track is Idioteque. It's very smooth and crisp but kind of just makes you wanna dance around. Also, no love for Motion Picture Soundtrack? That song is beautiful. - cjWriter1997

Motion Picture Soundtrack is probably my least favorite song on the album to be honest. Then again, it is up against competition like The National Anthem, Kid A, and Everything In Its Right Place. But it's still perfect, though. - SwagFlicks

Can I give you some advice? - WonkeyDude98

Sure. - SwagFlicks

Don't be so reliant on the scores for your reviews. You kinda spent the entire first paragraph talking about it. For me, the score should be a finishing touch rather than the main score.

While that advice may seem like me telling you to rip off my reviews, we review very different albums. - WonkeyDude98

It wasn't really on the score, per se, more on how it clicked for me. - SwagFlicks

Well, for me it helps the flow of the review if you talk about the fact it clicked for you early in the review, then talk about how later on. - WonkeyDude98

I hate this album - visitor

Cool. - SwagFlicks

It sucks - visitor

Why? - djpenquin999

It does. - visitor

okay - visitor

I respect your opinion but please tell us why. - djpenquin999

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