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AMNESIAC

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

3.59 | 308 ratings

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Treasure
5 stars What's this? Amnesiac? The most non liked Radiohead album ever? WHY. I will never get you Radiohead fans. You should all be happy that radiohead is as progressive as they are. And not in terms of "zomg lol 64/176 time 18 hour songs endless PETRUCCI SOLOS AAAH". More in terms of sound. One of the many bands out there that constantly is working to change their sound. Because, this album is an obvious departure from Kid A. More electronic and less all at once.

Packt Like Sardines in a Crush Tin Box is a major trip out. An extremely catchy little beat driven piece. The band extrapolates TREMENDOUSLY on their "weird sound". What really gets me is that there is no instruments in this song, just arranged sounds. And that can only mean that it's very likely that Thom Yorke created this song all by himself. As Amnesiac is the songs that weren't used on Kid A. That also means that the band hasn't really progressed since Kid A, but were making as out there music back then. GROOVY. (10/10)

Pyramid Song, is an absolutely scary track. I do not suggest listening to this song in the dark. Thom Yorke playing this is insanely uncountable piano bit. Then his extremely cold fringe like vocals and pure darkness in the lyrics. Then the drum pattern comes in, which is nearly as strange as the piano. But it adds more sense to the song as a whole. This strange starry collage of sounds all glued together by Thom Yorke once out of place piano playing. Brilliant. (10/10)

Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors. Ummm what is this I hear? Absolute MADNESS?? Good god. This song is absolute MADNESS!! I mean, the song is so coherent and retains this ambient keyboard sound in the back. Although the song doesn't develop very much, you have to give it respect. It goes where no Radiohead song has gone before. They really push their style to the edge here and I think they pulled off what no other band could pull off. Pure, unabashed musical edge. (10/10)

You and Whose Army? You think, you'll drive me crazy. Well. Come on. This song starts off with a "horrible production" as my friend gently put it. I don't see it this way. I see it as adding ambience and feeling to an already ambient album. And not ambient in the genre sense. Ambient in the feeling sense. The song itself is a war cry. I can see a lot of people taking much comfort in this song. Its saying "Here I am, and F*** you if you don't like me." Once the song begins to take off, it does so with incredible diligence. The piano and drumming is just perfect. This song is pure. (10/10)

I Might Be Wrong, but is this song not the best thing you've ever heard? The unusual keyboard intro just blasts me off into places I've never been before. Then the almost kind of cowboy feel the guitar and bass give this album the taste it really has. The first song to officially have a distinct guitar heard by the way. That says a lot about the kind of mind Radiohead has. The nontraditional and unconventional paint which Radiohead coats their musical Cathedral in. This song is just an absolute dedication to that style of thought. The ending also blew me away. I was so sure that it was a completely different song until the effects came in after the lone guitar. (10/10)

Knives Out sounds like a soundtrack to a suicide. Absolutely beautiful. I literally feel like I should be crying whenever this song is playing. It's truely a tragic depressive song. "I want you to know, It's not coming back. Look into my eyes, I'm not coming back." Beauty of the word. I cannot really find the words to express my feelings on this song. It's so pure and dashingly beautiful, that it sucks me into the song until I cannot even focus on the review I'm writing. Tahts the kind of song this is. (10/10)

Morning Bell (Amnesiac) is the only really "bad" song on the album. But not in terms of sound. Just in terms of the fact that it was on Kid A. To be honest, I know Radiohead are a little full of themselves after having such a huge success with Kid A. But this is just ridiculous. The song was great on Kid A and this cover is interestingly good too. It sounds so different, but it truly is the same song. Since the latter is such, I refuse to include it as a song on the album.

Dollars & Cents is a wonderful little groovy song, that almost sounds like something from In Rainbows. The orchestral backings can be out of place in other bands, but Radiohead always seems to make it fit. The song constantly shifts in and out of itself, almost like a lucid LSD high. One that is so pure and out of consciousness, that it brings itself in and out of the high. That is really a revolution of the mind. And this song is the equality of that kind of high. Completely unexpected and groovy all at once. (10/10)

Hunting Bears works itself as a sort of little guitar interlude. It could almost be the beginning of a song. It kind of is really, since the next song on the album is so awkwardly strange. Still perfect. (10/10)

Like Spinning Plates is such a great idea. It's backwards. It is an actual song the band recorded. Only they decided to make it backwards on the album. Live they play it forwards. So brilliant. The noises in this song are so out of this world. I can't even begin to explain the effect this song has on me. It's like the dawn of a musical apocalypse. So dark and destructive. A song that would be playing during cruel inhumane experimentation on a newborn infant. Or something like that. Real world applications aside, the song still retains a darkness which I have yet to hear in other music. But I think, darkness is the best way to portray emotion. Making a song about love, sound like this, would be the only way to top this song. It's emotionally brutal and singular in its careening direction which is, Extreme Emotional Distress. (10/10)

Life In A Glass House starts off so amazingly trippy. I wasn't expecting the direction it took AT ALL. I was expecting another Like Spinning Plates. But what they did do, works just as well. If not better. The kind of old school jazzy sound. Music played on a dark rainy night in Paris. Living In A Glass House can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. The album itself, as Thom Yorke put it, is as if somebody zoomed in on the cover of Kid A and found a forest fire, then zoomed in on that forest fire and recorded the sounds coming from it and turned those sounds into a musical theme. The song itself is like the end of an era, the era being Amnesiac. Again, with the extreme emotional distress, but this time with a sort of musical anesthesia. It's as gentle as it is dark. But an amazing ending to an incredible musical trip. (10/10)

Only Radiohead could put out such an amazing album. It is so dark and different sounding. The ideas made on this record are so out there, yet work in such amazing ways. It is really a masterpiece. I love this album so much and everything it stands for. The music is deceptive. Most people would immediately listen to this and spit it out like a bitter piece of candy. Why? Because they took the album song by song and separated it. How much sense does that make? Absolutely none. What would happen if you were to do that to a human being. Tear it apart and separate it from it working counterparts. Then lay it out and try and talk to it. People are so amazingly stupid. An incredible album like this, should be taken as a whole. It is an album to judged as an album. If the band wanted it judged song by song, they would have released it on 11 EP's. People need to stop being so superficial and picking and choosing which song is good and which isn't. If an album I listened to had a supreme atmosphere, but had one song that didn't fit, I would ignore it for the greater good. Get real.

My musical angst aside, this album is an absolute masterpiece. I can't express how perfect it is. It's the best Radiohead album. They pushed the envelope so far and it worked on so many different levels. 5 stars.

Treasure | 5/5 |

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