Label: EMI Records Ltd. - 7243 5 29220 2 4 • Format: CD Album • Country: Mexico • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Experimental
Kid A is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Radioheadreleased on 2 October by Parlophone. After the stress of promoting Radiohead's acclaimed album OK Computersongwriter Thom Yorke envisioned a radical change in direction. The band incorporated synthesisersdrum machinesstrings and brassdrawing influence from electronic musicambientkrautrockjazzand 20th-century classical music.
Another album recorded in the same sessions, Amnesiacwas released the following year. Radiohead released no singles or music videos to promote Kid A and conducted few interviews and photoshoots. Bangkok - Various - Etui Summer Camp 3 (File), they became one of the first major acts to use Radiohead - Kid A internet as a promotional tool; the album was made available to stream and was promoted with short animated films featuring music and artwork.
Bootlegs of early Radiohead - Kid A were shared on file-sharing services, and the album was leaked before release. Kid A debuted at the top of the charts in Britain, where it went platinum in the first week. It also became Radiohead's first number-one album in the United States. Its departure from Radiohead's earlier sound divided fans and critics, and some dismissed it as pretentious, deliberately obscure, or derivative.
However, Kid A later attracted wider acclaim; at the turn of the decade, Rolling StonePitchfork and the Times ranked Kid A the greatest album of the s.
InRolling Stone ranked it number 67 on its list of the greatest albums of all time. Following the critical and commercial success of their album OK Computerthe members of Radiohead suffered burnout. There were other guitar bands out there trying to do similar things.
We had to move on. I'd completely had it with melody. I just wanted rhythm. All melodies to me were pure embarrassment. Troubled by new acts he felt were imitating Radiohead,  Yorke believed his music had become part Radiohead - Kid A a constant background noise he described as "fridge buzz",  and became hostile to the music media. And I couldn't handle that. Yorke became disillusioned with the "mythology" of rock music, feeling the genre had "run its course".
But I felt just as emotional about it as I'd ever felt about guitar music. Radiohead - Kid A bought a house in Cornwall and spent his time walking the cliffs and drawing, restricting his musical activity to playing the grand piano he had recently bought. So everything's a novelty. That's one of the reasons I wanted to get into computers and synths, because I didn't understand how the fuck they worked.
I had no idea what ADSR Radiohead - Kid A . Yorke, who had the greatest control, was still facing writer's block. His new songs were incomplete, and some consisted of little more than sounds or rhythms; few had clear verses or choruses.
Brothers Jonny and Colin Greenwood expressed fear that the album might become "gratuitous But at the same time he trusted me to have an idea of what I wanted. Accepting that not every band member would play on every song caused conflict. I'm Radiohead - Kid A guitarist and suddenly it's like, well, there are no guitars on this track, or no drums. They used software such as Pro Tools and Cubase to edit and manipulate their recordings.
The sessions produced about 50 reels of tape each containing 15 minutes of music, with nothing finished. In April, Radiohead resumed recording in a Gloucestershire mansion. The lack of deadline and the number of incomplete ideas made it hard for the band to Time Was - John Coltrane - The Leader Sessions, and they agreed to disband if they could not agree on an album worth releasing.
In July, O'Brien began keeping an online diary of Radiohead's progress. Though the experiment produced no finished songs, it Radiohead - Kid A convince the band of the new direction.
Jonny Greenwood described the first track, " Everything in its Right Place ", as a turning point for the album recording: "We knew it had to be the first song, and everything just followed after it. Yorke had recorded a demo of " The National Anthem " when the band was still in school. Yorke and Greenwood directed the musicians to sound like a "traffic jam"; according to Yorke, he jumped up and down so much during his conducting that he broke his foot.
The strings were performed by the Orchestra of St John's and recorded in Dorchester Abbeya 12th-century church about five miles from Radiohead's Oxfordshire studio. Feeling it "needed chaos", he experimented with found sounds and sampling. Lansky allowed Radiohead to use the sample after Greenwood wrote to him with a copy of the song.
On 19 April, Yorke wrote on Radiohead's website: "Yesterday we finished recording. I am free and happy and now I'm going for a walk in the park. Yorke said Radiohead split the work into two albums because "they cancel each other out as overall finished things.
They come from two different places, I think In some weird way I think Amnesiac gives another take on Kid Aa form of explanation. Kid A is an electronicaexperimental rock   and post-rock   album. Yorke also referred to electronic dance music when talking about "Idioteque", and said that the song was "an attempt to capture that exploding beat sound where you're at the club and the PA's so loud, you know it's doing Shakin Stevens - Love Attack. Kid A has been described as a work of electronica   experimental rock  post-rock  alternative rock post-prog ambient Adagio - Joseph Haydn - Karl Suske, Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner - Konzert Für Violine Und St,  and electronic rock.
Yorke wrote many of Kid A ' s lyrics by cutting up words and phrases and assembling them at random, combining everyday cliches and banal observations "Where'd you park the car? Byrne turned up with pages and pages, and just picked stuff up and threw bits in all the time.
And that's exactly how I approached Kid A. The title Kid A came from the name of one of Radiohead's sequencers. The cover was also inspired by a photograph taken during the Kosovo War depicting a square metre of snow full of the "detritus of war", such as military equipment and cigarette stains. Donwood said: "I was upset by it in a way war had never upset me before. It felt like it was happening in my street.
The red swimming pool on the album spine and disc was inspired by the graphic novel Brought to Light by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewiczin which the number of people killed by state terrorism is measured in gallon swimming pools filled with blood.
Donwood said this image "haunted" him during the recording of the album, calling it Radiohead - Kid A symbol of looming danger and shattered expectations". Anticipation for Kid A was Radiohead - Kid A Spin described it as the most highly anticipated rock record since Nirvana 's In Utero.
At the time, the use of the internet for music promotion was not widespread, and record labels were still reliant on MTV and radio. Capitol also streamed the album through Amazon, MTV.
Three weeks before release, Kid A was leaked online and shared on the peer-to-peer service Napster. Asked whether he believed Napster had damaged sales, Capitol president Ray Lott likened Radiohead - Kid A situation to unfounded concern about home taping in the s and said: "I'm trying to sell as many Radiohead albums as possible.
If I worried about what Napster would do, I wouldn't sell as many albums. In mid, Radiohead toured the Mediterranean, performing Kid A and Amnesiac songs for the Radiohead - Kid A time.
Colin Greenwood said: "We played in Barcelona and the next day the entire performance was up on Napster. Three weeks later when we got to play in Israel the audience knew the words to all the new songs and it was wonderful.
Later that year, Radiohead toured Europe in a custom-built tent without corporate logos, playing mostly new songs. The small venues sold out rapidly, attracting celebrities, and fans who camped overnight. Kid A reached number one on Amazon's sales chart, with more than 10, pre-orders.
Kid A was widely anticipated. After it had been played for critics, the Guardian wrote of the "muted electronic hums, pulses and tones", predicting that most listeners would be confused. Mojo wrote that "upon first listen, Kid A is just awful Guardian critic Adam Sweeting wrote that "even listeners raised on krautrock or Ornette Coleman will find Kid A a mystifying experience", and that it pandered to "the worst cliches" about Radiohead's "relentless miserabilism".
The only thing Radiohead - Kid A about Kid A is the very real challenge to your attention span. Some critics felt the integration of electronic influences was unoriginal.
Beaumont asked: "Are Radiohead trying to push the experimental rock envelope, unaware that they're simply ploughing furrows dug by DJ Shadow and Brian Eno before them? AllMusic gave Kid A a favourable review, but wrote that it "never is as visionary or stunning as Radiohead - Kid A Computernor does it really repay the intensive time it demands in order for it to sink in". But this is pop, a music of ornery, glistening guile and honest ache, and it will feel good under your skin once you let it get there.
Spin said Kid A was "not the act of career suicide or feat of self-indulgence it will be castigated as", and predicted that fans would Radiohead - Kid A it as Radiohead's "best and bravest" Radiohead - Kid A. Also incredibly beautiful. He concluded that Radiohead "must be the greatest band alive, if not the best since you know who". At Metacriticwhich aggregates ratings from critics, Kid A has a score of 80 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".
In the years following its release, Kid A attracted acclaim. InPitchfork wrote that Kid A had "challenged and confounded" Radiohead's audience, and that it had "transformed into an intellectual symbol of sorts Owning it became 'getting it'; getting it became 'anointing it'.
Nobody admits now they hated Kid A at the time Nobody wants to be the clod who didn't get it. In a Guardian article about his critical Melody Maker review, Beaumont wrote that though his opinion had not changed, " Kid A 's status as a cultural cornerstone has proved me, if not wrong, then very much in the minority People whose opinions I trust claim it to be their favourite album ever.
Yorke had given up on coherent lyrics so one can only guess at what he was worrying about. Radiohead denied that they had set out to create "difficult" music. Jonny Greenwood argued that the tracks were short and melodic, and suggested that "people basically want their hands held through 12 ' Mull Of Kintyre 's". What we're doing isn't that radical. At the same time, the reaction spurred them on: "There was a sense of a fight to convince people, which was actually really exciting.
Listen early, form an opinion quickly, Gary Beals - Gary Beals it publicly, and move on to the next big record by the official release date.
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