Radiohead - Kid A
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2000 Ratings: #14 / 107
User Score
2000 Ratings: #1
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October 2, 2000 / Release Date
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Capitol / EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

The experience and emotions tied to listening to Kid A are like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax. 

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

A constant battle between digital versus organic plays throughout Kid A, like an organism trying to reach homeostasis but is instead suspended in a state between entropy and equilibrium.

100
AllMusic

This emphasis on texture, this reliance on elliptical songs, means that Kid A is easily the most successful electronica album from a rock band: it doesn't even sound like the work of a rock band, even if it does sound like Radiohead.

100
Sputnikmusic

Through the magic of electricity, Radiohead has accomplished making one of the finest albums of the millenium, if not the best of the year 2000.

100
Drowned in Sound

About half of Kid A is a legitimate "move into electronica" and not a case of "bringing in the synths" as everyone from Genesis to The Strokes has done, when inspiration and musicianship fails them; after all, the dynamics of pop or rock music  just aren't there.

100
Q Magazine
Massive Attack were rumoured to have been asked to remix OK Computer in the late '90s, though as it turned out Radiohead had already embarked on the own visionary, electronic-jazz revolution.
90
Spin

The fans will persevere and discover that Kid A is not only Radiohead's bravest album but its best one as well.

83
Entertainment Weekly

As unnervingly cryptic as Kid A can be, it is a genuinely challenging work in a generally unchallenging time.

80
PopMatters

Kid A forces its patrons to submerge themselves into the wiles of noise, to work for melody and signifieds, to seek within and find something that wants, needs, and is able to understand. It may not be easy, but music shouldn’t have to be.

80
Rolling Stone

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.

70
NME

For all its feats of brinkmanship, the patently magnificent construct called 'Kid A' betrays a band playing one-handed just to prove they can, scared to commit itself emotionally.

50
Slant Magazine

What bothers me is how thinly constructed it is. Whatever messages it attempts to convey are buried underneath a self-indulgent mess.

40
The Guardian
Thom Yorke rejects the notion that the disc was designed to be "challenging", but he didn't explain why it sounds like a score composed for an experimental dance troupe. It also fails to sweep away preconceptions about Radiohead, pandering to the worst cliches about their relentless miserabilism.
BradTasteMusic
100
Decided to revisit after OK Computer clicked. Have to say I finally have an opinion on this album.

I never cared for the lyrics in this album until I finally cared about the Character of the music. This album, while scattered, and while giving it so many listens... I never truly sat down... and just tried to give this my attention. This is a really... really messed up album. Idioteque was the prime example of this... that song is one of the few times I could say a song truly got under my ... read more
StellaTheDiver
97
Im not being Optimistic, but whenever i hear Kid A, Everything seems to be in its Right Place. Sorry if this review is a little Idioteque.
JacksonLerner
98
“a band playing one handed just2prove they can”

i can give this another super high rating to add to the cannon, although i’m just here to say that this record IS NOT PERFECT and one could argue that Amnesiac>KidA, NME SAID IT BEST:

“For all its feats of brinkmanship, the patently magnificent construct called 'Kid A' betrays a band playing one-handed just to prove they can, scared to commit itself emotionally.“
exception
94
I originally had this album scored at an 80. Oh how wrong I was. Now, this still isn't an album that I think I'll be listening to all the time, but now I have fully realized it's true beauty. Jazz, rock, and electronic music all incorporated into a single project, and one from 2000 for that matter. It's a trailblazer for sure, and every aspect of this project is executed in a perfect manner. I sincerely apologize to all the Radiohead stans when I first wasn't a huge fan of this project. I ... read more
Inglume
84
Everything In Its Right Place is not only one of the best album openers, it's one of the best songs of all time.

The rest of the album? Well, I certainly was blown away when I first heard it. In fact, THIS is what introduced me to Radiohead and I simply cannot get over this album. For as depressing the overall experience may be, it manages to capture you into its digital soundscape. Up to that point, I hadn't heard anything like it.

I don't know how many times I've listened to this god damn ... read more
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Track List

  1. Everything in Its Right Place 
  2. Kid A 
  3. The National Anthem 
  4. How to Disappear Completely 
  5. Treefingers 
  6. Optimistic 
  7. In Limbo 
  8. Idioteque
  9. Morning Bell
  10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

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