It’s hard to imagine a world today without Kid A. In October of 2000, the incorporation of sampling, synthesizers and computers in rock music was anything but commonplace. Radiohead took a giant leap on the heels of their most successful album to date and dove head first into IDM, techno and ambient music. Many fans were confounded, but an entire generation were inspired by their bold dismissal of traditional rock instrumentation and arrangement. Recording sessions nearly dissolved the band; with Thom Yorke insisting that guitar and drums had no place on certain tracks, the band members were forced to reinvent their roles in the group, instead focusing on vocoder, modular synths, ondes martenot and sound processing. The few instances of straight-ahead rock (“Optimistic,” “National Anthem”) are some of the best pieces in their oevre, but the more experimental tracks (“Everything In It’s Right Place,” “Idioteque,” the title track) are by far the most potent. “Idioteque” remains a deadly peak-time tool in techno and electro sets to this day. Previously only available on vinyl as a double 10" set, this is the first time Kid A has been released on full sized LPs. The album comes in the same original gatefold sleeve with artwork by Stanley Donwood and Tchock (Thom Yorke). And don’t miss Kid A’s criminally-underrated companion piece, Amnesiac. 10 tracks total with digital download included. Recommended.
- 1st 2LP pressing
- digital download included
- music label: XL Recordings 2016
reviewed by peanut dust 07/2017
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