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I prefer it to Kid A. No, actually I love both but what happened to me is that I lost this album and when I found it I couldn't believe how amazing it was. It blew me away. Great musical journey for me. Complex, moody, jazzy and pretty edgy. Perfect for a head that is as crazy as mine.
Everyone has already commented at depth on the music here. What should be said though is that EMI have done a great job on all the Radiohead reissues. There is an element of cashing in by them as the band are no longer signed to them. The packaging , even down to the knitted book cover of the original special issue is faithfully reproduced here is good. 3 discs in cardboard covers, several postcards of artwork of the time & all the b-sides & welcome live footage as to my knowledge there is only one official live dvd release. Definitely for collectors.
As for the music, it continues where Kid A left off. Experimental but lacks a great central track like "National Anthem" or "Everything in it's right place" that Kid A has.
I bought the limited edition of the album and its really something special. The authenticity and having a book full of artwork. The album itself is fantastic. Its the perfect progressive bridge from Kid A and Hail to the Thief. Along with having its own identity it has great songs too, take Packt like sardines in a crushed tin box, knives out, pyramid song, Life in a glasshouse just to name a few. This is a very strong album which very neatly finishes the message conveyed from Kid A, its a must buy. if you can get your hands on the book edition do it, but not for £200