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AMNESIAC

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

3.61 | 315 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "Amnesiac" is the 5th full-length studio album by UK alternative rock act Radiohead. The album was released through Parlophone Records in June 2001. The material on "Amnesiac" were recorded during the same sessions as the material for itīs predecessor "Kid A (2000)" and released just 8 months after the said predecessor, so itīs fair to call them sibling albums.

Stylistically "Kid A (2000)" and "Amnesiac" feature a lot of similarities, which is only natural since they were recorded during the same sessions, and the tracklists for the two releases probably werenīt chosen before all material was ready, but there are differences between the two albums too that make them stand out as individual entities. Overall "Kid A (2000)" is a more electronic inclined release while "Amnesiac" reintroduces rock guitars to the bandīs sound. "Amnesiac" is still an alternative rock album, featuring a lot of electronic elements though as well as elements from ambient pop/rock, rather than a more guitar driven rock release. Itīs pretty eclectic too which the New Orleans-styled jazz rock track "Life in a GlassHouse" is an example of.

"Amnesiac" features high level musicianship and while there is a lot of focus on experimenting with sounds itīs still lead vocalist Thom Yorkeīs emotional vocal delivery thatīs predominantly in focus and ultimately defines the bandīs sound. The whole thing is packed in a professional and well sounding production, which brings out the best in the music.

With "OK Computer (1997)" and "Kid A (2000)", Radiohead more or less revolutionized the alternative rock scene and also managed to bring a more experimental spin on creating rock music to a mainstream audience. Itīs quite a huge achivement and therefore itīs probably utopia to think that they could continue releasing such high quality statements. My overall impression of "Amnesiac" might suffer a bit from the huge expectations I had as the result of listening to the two innovative predecessors. To my ears it doesnīt quite reach the heights of those two albums. Itīs however still a pretty great and quite adventurous release by Radiohead deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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