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1. Everything In Its Right Place
2. Kid A
3. National Anthem
4. How To Disappear Completely
7. In Limbo
9. Morning Bell
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
Kid A was quite a divisive album for Radiohead. After the critically acclaimed 'OK Computer', expectations were high for this, their 4th album. When it actually came to the release, it showed a very different Radiohead to the one we'd previously known. Sparse, electronic soundscapes and computerised beats now replaced the rocking guitars and drums that most recognised as Radiohead, with many shunning the change in sound.
But, delving deeper into this album over time, it's pure Radiohead at its heart. This isn't just down to Thom Yorke's recognisable voice, but the songwriting and arrangements - even though different - are still 100% Radiohead. Opener 'Everything in its right place' sets the eerie, intriguing and claustrophobic tone of the album, with Yorke's repetitive refrains crooning softly over gently layered keyboard melodies. Although the rest of the album follows similarly in vibe (discounting the likes of the more uptempo 'Idioteque'), there is still a great variation to the songs on offer here, not to mention a great deal of strange experimentation which more often than not works excellently.
The album flows perfectly once given time to bloom, but is likely to be a challenging listen to non-Radiohead fans who'd perhaps only know of the songs 'Creep' or 'Paranoid Android'. Thus, although this isn't an instant album, it rewards multiple listens greatly - and it's well worth investing the time to indulge.