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Float away or stand on a clifftop - blown away by Kid A
Kid A - Radiohead
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Kid A - Radiohead
Advantages: experimental sounds, cleverly put together
Disadvantages: Might not be your thing!
This album is a profound work of musical genius, in my humble opinion. It combines a range of musical techniques with quality musicianship to produce a ten track album which leaves you oscillating between feeling chilled out and faraway and feeling like you are standing on a cliff top 50 foot above black waters, or something to that effect...
Somewhat pessimistic, this album is one of Radiohead's best.
Track by track analysis with my personal interpretations.
1. Everything in its right place
This track sets the mood for the rest of the album, combining electronic sounds with softened, eerie vocals on repeat. The feeling I get from this track is an ominous chill. I haven't consulted song meanings or anything but I feel it is about fearing for things not being as they should be and this results in a frenzied attempt to put them back.
2. The National Anthem
I really love the riff on this track. It makes me feel simultaneously motivated to get on with some work and like I'm falling fast into a black hole. Download this for something catchy and loud. The theme of repetition continues from the previous track and towards the end of the album we are introduced to a somewhat out of tune jazz theme to clash with the repeated melody.
3. How to disappear completely and never be found
The third track of the album starts with a softer beginning, and features jarring lyrics and vocals, saturated with melancholy. The subject of the song is in the title!
Despite the title of the track, I would say this track is far from optimistic and leaves me feeling that the artist is claiming that it is difficult to be optimistic, and this is the best he can do. "you can try the best you can" is repeated incessantly in a somewhat crazed voice.
This track starts with a thick beat and it picks up hard to decipher vocals about a minute in, alongside a digital sound which sounds a bit like a phone or TV aerial struggling to pick up.
I think it's a commentary on the weaknesses of humanity with its references to the ice age but I couldn't be sure. This could explain the digital failure sound effect.
6. Kid A
Album title track, this song is softer and opens with a somewhat relaxing melody. The vocals are muffled in some kind of special effect. Download this for something relaxed. I could float away on this music.
An intriguing song title, I am unsure what treefingers are but won't look them up as I'm trying to give an unbiased account based on what I hear in the music. This track utilises more effects as it layers sounds in a chilling way. The title could be a reference to nature's forces.
8. In Limbo
This song intersperses clearer lyrics with dotted singular notes. Like the title suggests it brings feelings of being in two places but I think if it were to bring up that feeling more, it would be more muffled in my opinion - there is too much clarity of lyric for it to fully cause me to feel "in limbo".
9. Morning Bell
Would you listen to this in the morning? It would be an interesting way to wake up, but I wouldn't call it your standard alarm. Slightly cheerier melody choice combined with Thom Yorke's unique vocals.
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
The last track on the album brings it all to a close with a several part 7 minute song of music then silences. Mainly floaty relaxed music, this could be quite meditational.
I borrowed this from my Dad's music collection. You can get it from Amazon for a fair price. Unique experimental music, which evokes a lot of feelings. You will breathe this music if you listen intently.
Brilliant album by Radiohead!
Summary: Great album - give it a go