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Amnesia is the album that emerged from the same studio recordings of Kid A. It's another often challenging but wonderful array of songs. For me it's the best Radiohead album from the beauty of Pyramid Song, to the Jazz legends appearing on Life in a Glasshouse, and the excellent single Knives Out. For me it evokes wonderful memories. Give it a listen.
I'm fascinated by the different effects this album has had on people - with their established and famously fanatical fan-base, Radiohead were able to do things in Kid A which would have gone unnoticed by other bands. It divided fans into love it and hate it on release. Although it was recorded at the same time as Kid A, and although it contains a version of a song on Kid A, Amnesiac has a more solid feel to it - it's less 'out there' than Kid A, and therefore more involving. I'm surprised that it seems to be less well-received than Kid A though - it's a more coherent collection of actual songs. The music itself is as complex, layered and complete as OK... was - not obvious arrangements at first, but when you become familiar with the songs, it all makes such perfect sense. Brooding, beautiful, dark and totally absorbing. I love this album.
This album is somewhat hard to find on vinyl format, and this was a new sealed copy. It consists of 2 10'' discs, and it sounds great. On the music itself, though Kid A was widely considered as more of a break through album and Amnesiac just as a follow up on the same direction, personally, I've always felt a deeper connection with this album. "You and whose army", "I might be wrong", "knives out" seem to have some kind of minimalistic emotional precision, every sound and detail convey some meaning and are there for a reason.
I'm not one for remembering track names. I seem to better recall the track numbers. So, if I tell you that tracks 1,2,4,5,6,8,10 of Amnesiac were at times disturbing, enlightening, paranoid, uplifting, innovative and brilliant you'd have little clue as to what I mean. You'll just have to buy it and see. Really though, I can't praise this album enough (yes it is in some ways similar to Kid A but as that is also a brilliant album it's a good thing) and so I won't try. I will however leave you with a warning. Avoid 'Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box, 'Pyramid song' and 'You and whose army' at all costs. If you know they are about to be played, cover your ears and run for cover because these songs will get inside your head and they'll never let go.....never let go.....never let go!!!!!
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.
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