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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.
Kid A in my opinion is a very difficult album to understand very hard but bang after four plays it dawns on your why radio head didn't it fantastic an one off there best absolutely fantastic but what kid A is items of excellent...... Amnesic is absolutely amazingly awful proper utter rubbish the sleeve art is rubbish to everything about this album is very poor quality...... Should have been on a limited edition double of kid A around 100 copies or so I've played over 6 times and it rubbish evertime I play it....... Radiohead are like paul weller there make a fantastic album followed by a few poor an not bad one's this one reminds me of 22 dreams pw utter rubbish an unfortunately amnesic is just like that
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!!!!!