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Radiohead - Kid A Mnesia

  by Nick Dent-Robinson

published: 16 / 11 / 2021

Radiohead - Kid A Mnesia
Label: XL Recordings
Format: CD Box


Fine box set reissue of Radiohead's experimental and challenging 2000 and 2001 albums. 'Kid A' and 'Amnesia'

After the success of 1997's 'OK Computer' Radiohead were widely expected to become one of the world's greatest bands. But then they became rather inward-looking with Oxford-based singer Thom Yorke suddenly declaring he had “had it with melody.” There followed two deliberately difficult albums, 'Kid A' in 2000 and 'Amnesiac' in 2001. The first was seen by most critics as commercial suicide and neither album was as successful as Radiohead's previous work. Indeed many Radiohead fans were left behind and lost at this point in the band's development. However a new “deluxe” reissue called 'Kid A Mnesia' does now cast both these two decades-old records in a more favourable light and their sophisticated music contains pointers to Jonny Greenwood's future success as an Oscar-nominated film composer. 'Kid A Mnesia' is available in numerous formats and there is a third disc which is a more accessible 12-track LP of unreleased songs and out-takes. This material offers a more natural bridge between Radiohead's earlier rock and their subsequent experimentation. The bonus tracks include an attractive and previously unheard ballad, 'If You Say The Word' and the pretty acoustic 'Follow Me Around' which is a long-time Radiohead live favourite finally given an official release. The folky track 'Fog' reaffirms that Radiohead – not always notable for giving their fans (or themselves) an easy ride - are also capable of disarming prettiness. This “deluxe” reissue does remind us all just how creative - and very good - Radiohead were - and are.

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