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Radiohead – Amnesiac

Monday, January 19, 2009
Amnesiac (2001)

Amnesiac (2001)

This was my final frontier in unlocking Radiohead. At least, out of their studio albums barring In Rainbows.

“Pyramid Song” has over 60 plays on my iTunes, the number two most-played song (after “Perfect Circle” by R.E.M.) Needless to say, I’ve always loved this album of Radiohead, which is all-too-often glossed over in favor of earlier ones.

Yes, OK Computer is amazing, and so is The Bends. But this is a different side of Radiohead. This isn’t even the Kid A Radiohead…Amnesiac is a totally different animal. A bear, in fact, as there’s a bear on the cover (yeah, that’s what that thing is). They’re neat to draw. Every bit of the album is good – there’s not one bad song. 

Do I give Radiohead too much credit? Hecks no. From the opening track, to “You and Whose Army?” (incredible live!), to “I Might Be Wrong,” “Dollars and Cents,” and “Like Spinning Plates…” it’s all there, and it’s all magnificent. It totally transports you to another dimension. I know that sounds all druggy like, but Radiohead’s music is a drug. Beware.

Don’t believe people who say Amnesiac isn’t as good as any of their other stuff. Is not worse – it’s just different. However cliché that sounds, it’s true.

This album is perfect for headphones on a cold, bitter winter day walking outside, with slight sleet shards stinging your face. I hesitate to call it my favorite Radiohead album – that’s whatever Radiohead album is playing at the moment. And let’s just say when it comes to Radiohead there are a lot of moments.

Great replay value – you could listen to Amnesiac seventy times and still catch new things that delight and surprise you.

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One comment

  1. I would say all of Radiohead’s cd have great replay value, with the possible exception of Pablo Honey. This album is different, though it could be argued every album they ever made is different from eachother, a fact which I love about the band. “You and whose army” is amazing life, I saw them play it at Bonnaroo, and to rock a crowd that big with a song that slow and melotic is a feat within itself. My personal favorite song of Amnesiac is “I might be wrong”. Something about the breakdown 3/4ths of the way through the song just rocks my world.



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