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5 stars KID B

This is their peak from their electronic period (I mean, since Kid A). As Thom Yorke said, this release and his predecessor are "siamese/twin brothers, separated at birth", in reference to the fact that both albums was taken from the same studio sessions... Anyway, this is, in fact, quite similar to Kid A, although more guitar-oriented and, to me, more depressing too.

For once in my life, I'm gonna make a "track by track" rating... Here I go:

1. In a Crushd Tin Box (8/10): As on Kid A, this isn't an impressive opening to the album... Still a nice track, with electronic drumming and synths.

2. Pyramid Song (10/10): Easily one of the best song of the album. Great piano work by Thom and excellent jazzy drumming by Selway... A very powerful ballad.

3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors (7/10): Nothin' special but an experiment with rare percussion and weird vocals by Yorke. One of the few low notes on the album (if not the unique)

4. You and Whose Army ? (9.5/10): A very strange song, starting with guitar and Thom's manipulated voice (with his hands!), and deriving into a chorus with piano and drums

5. I Might Be Wrong (9/10): One of the most well-known tracks, with an electric guitar bluessy riff. A little repetitive but an OK song.

6. Knives Out (9/10): A number which reminds me any track from The Bends or OKputer, but it doesn't make it poor or thing, it's simply impressive! Very depressing lyrics, and I also reccomend the excellent video clip.

7. Morning Bell/Amnesiac (9.5/10): If you're a moody guy, don't listen to this version of Morning Bells. No drumming, no synths... just guitar and rare arrangements that could make you feel rounded by ghosts...!

8. Dollars & Cents (8.5/10): A jazzy number, with confused lyrics... Not a highlight; nothing special.

9. Hunting Bears (8/10): This is an extremely weird tune, with only guitar lines and subtle backward noise (barking dogs?) Still great, despite the lenght.

10. Like Spinning Plates (10/10): Weird percussion, weird arrangements, weird melody, weird lyrics... GREAT SONG! My personal favourite. Listen to the live piano version on "I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings", not of this world!!! (Did you know: this song is the result of "I Will" (from "Hail to the Thief") reversed about twice or three times!)

11. Life in a Glasshouse (9.5/10): Superb ending, with unusual brassy arrangements, creating a very depressing atmosphere.


P.S.: Not reccomended to depressing people ;)

sircosick | 5/5 |


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