1. Everything In It’s Right Place
2. Kid A
3. The National Anthem
4. How To Disappear Completely
7. In Limbo
9. Morning Bell
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
Radiohead is moving their experimental music to another level. After giving us two groundbreaking alternative rock albums, they now combine rock & electronica in an eclectic format. This album takes an effort, but if you’re up for it, there is much to enjoy.
Everything In It’s Right Place is a good opener. It’s atmospheric and shows nicely how Radiohead combines the two genres.
The album’s title track, Kid A, follows. Musically very experimental and eclectic but emotionally Kid A is a little more challenging to connect to. It’s a class song however.
With The National Anthem I wasn’t all too impressed. It’s an honorable effort, but unlike most of the tracks on “Kid A”, this one never really got to me.
How To Disappear Completely however, did convince me. From start to finish, this song draws you in through a clever interaction between subtle instruments, powerful vocals and smart sampling and electronica. Everything just falls into place.
Threefingers is another atmospheric track. I could see this in a movie. When I close my eyes I can see a variation of locations and scenes. I think it’s beautiful.
Then we hear Optimistic, which is probably my favorite track on the album. Radiohead makes everything fit together perfectly and with the timing dead on, this track combines the best of all their qualities into one song.
In Limbo is a nice song. Some really cool effects and a well written composition. But I feel like it’s a little bit too much. Like Radiohead tried to take it too far.
Idioteque. Great track but absolutely not my thing. I think Radiohead did this track excellently, but it’s just not my cup of tea.
The album flawlessly continues with another great song, Morning Bell. It has intriguing vocals and great sampling. I also enjoy how it works up and down to and from a climax. Good songwriting.
Motion Picture Soundtrack to close the album with. It’s an interesting song, but I’m not entirely sure what I think of it. One time I think it’s absolutely amazing, and the next time I think it’s alright. I think you’ll have to decide this one for yourself.
“Kid A” is a very admirable attempt to combine electronica and alternative rock. And in my opinion also a successful attempt. Maybe not all the songs are very accessible, and it takes an effort to really get into this album, but that in itself can make it worth your while. Although in my personal opinion, Radiohead shines more on “OK Computer”, like they are closer to what defines them musically, that might just be a personal opinion. “Kid A” is a great album but it’s not for everyone. But the least you can do is give it a chance.