Radiohead: Amnesiac (2001)


Radiohead
Amnesiac; 2001
Capitol Records
My Rating: 61/100
Radiohead’s own ZOOROPA…
Here we have Radiohead’s own ZOOROPA, wherein the band has already changed the game and convinced millions that they will, in fact, love the left turn that the band has taken. So where to next? More of the same with a few twists. And while AMNESIAC is not a bad record,it’s not a great one either. I’ll dispense with my gripes first. “Amnesiac/Morning Bell” is unnecessary. The b-sides associated with the album prove that the band had plenty more tricks up its sleeve, and “Fog” or even “Follow Me Around,” might have fit nicely in its place. Also, “Hunting Bears” feels like a throwaway, experimental to a pretentious extreme. Lastly, the production on some tracks is a bit too muffled, although I suppose this was somewhat intentional, given the extreme claustrophobia that forms the thematic center of this record. So now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s talk about what’s good and even great. Good: the straightforward “Knives Out”, the darkly hilarious “Packt”, the twisted Dixieland jazz on “Life in a Glass House.” Great: the lucid dreamscapes of “Pyramid Song” (a definite career highlight), the hardcore electronica of “Pulk”, the avant-psalm “Like Spinning Plates.” Although AMNESIAC isn’t Radiohead’s best album by any means, it nonetheless makes for a fantastic experience every once in a while. Recommended for any and all fans of experimental sounds, and, for that matter, Radiohead.
Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (3/5)

Radiohead.amnesiac.albumartRadiohead
Amnesiac; 2001
Capitol Records

My Rating: 61/100

Radiohead’s own ZOOROPA…

Here we have Radiohead’s own ZOOROPA, wherein the band has already changed the game and convinced millions that they will, in fact, love the left turn that the band has taken. So where to next? More of the same with a few twists. And while AMNESIAC is not a bad record, it’s not a great one either. I’ll dispense with my gripes first. “Amnesiac/Morning Bell” is unnecessary. The b-sides associated with the album prove that the band had plenty more tricks up its sleeve, and “Fog” or even the as-yet-unreleased “Follow Me Around,” might have fit nicely in its place.  Also, “Hunting Bears” feels like a throwaway, experimental to a pretentious extreme. Lastly, the production on some tracks is a bit too muffled, although I suppose this was somewhat intentional, given the extreme claustrophobia that forms the thematic center of this record. So now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s talk about what’s good and even great. Good: the straightforward “Knives Out”, the darkly hilarious “Packt”, the twisted Dixieland jazz on “Life in a Glass House.” Great: the lucid dreamscapes of “Pyramid Song” (a definite career highlight), the hardcore electronica of “Pulk”, the avant-psalm “Like Spinning Plates.” Although AMNESIAC isn’t Radiohead’s best album by any means, it nonetheless makes for a fantastic experience every once in a while. Recommended for any and all fans of experimental sounds, and, for that matter, Radiohead.

Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (3/5)

Tracks:


1. Packt like sardines in a crushed tin box (4/5)
2. Pyramid Song (5/5)
3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors (5/5)
4. You and Whose Army (3.5/5)
5. I Might Be Wrong (4/5)
6. Knives Out (4/5)
7. Amnesiac/Morning Bell (2.5/5)
8. Dollars & Cents (4/5)
9. Hunting Bears (2/5)
10. Like Spinning Plates (5/5)
11. Life in a Glass House (4/5)

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