#184. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)
Once OK Computer was released, everyone had considered Radiohead as the next best thing since the Beatles (at least, this is what I’ve come to understand). With Kid A, critics and fans began wondering if they were right.
Well, they were.
What Radiohead did on Kid A was something, once again, completely different. They basically got rid of everything used from their past three albums (even though nothing of Pablo Honey was left) and began focusing more on a complete stylized and textured electronic soundscape. What they have something completely beautiful and breathtaking.
There is no singing, but more of a voice being used as a instrument even more than their previous albums. More synthesizers, so much there is hardly any guitar work on this album. Plenty of orchestrated work as well. It’s as if this is what modern interpretations classical/jazz would be.
As for lyrics, this is where it becomes tough. From reading, it seems they used something similar to a Talking Heads method and just strung random words in certain songs together to make something unique. Of course, we don’t really know which songs (at least, I believe we don’t).
I cannot get over this album enough, this really seems to be more of a game changer and stronger effort than OK Computer; it was like a Beatles release, it made very complex pop music accessible.
At this point, anything seems possible with Radiohead.