Amnesiac

Radiohead - Amnesiac
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2001 Ratings: #58 / 170
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Based on 901 ratings
2001 Ratings: #16
June 5, 2001 / Release Date
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Capitol / EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Pitchfork

Amnesiac's highlights were undeniably worth the wait, and easily overcome its occasional patchiness.

90
Drowned in Sound

All the experimentation and new techniques evident on Kid A have been carried across, but there's more tunes, more guitars, more proper singing and despite the songs not flowing so well, it seems more cohesive.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Although Amnesiac is not a typical rock album, it certainly is a creative variation and a push forward in music. There are some ideas that are right on the dot and some that fall a bit short, but this is where the beauty of experimentation peaks his head.

80
NME

'Amnesiac' hints at a darker, better truth: this is a record that choses its rarefied isolation, feels its elevation, a damaged record, yes, but not a fragile one.

80
Sputnikmusic

Though Amnesiac does steal the lesser parts of it's other albums, there's enough good on it to make it a worthy Radiohead album.

80
Under The Radar

If Amnesiac goes down easier than Kid A, it’s not because it’s more accessible — in fact, the opposite is true — it’s because the boys had already prepared us for the kind of music that can do anything at any time, even if those surprises yield as many problems as they do treasures.

80
The Guardian

Amnesiac strikes a cunning and rewarding balance between experimentation and quality control. It's hardly easy to digest but nor is it impossible to swallow.

70
AllMusic

Where Kid A had shock on its side, along with an admirably dogged desire to not be conventional, Amnesiac often plays as a hodgepodge.

70
Rolling Stone

Amnesiac is the work of a band determined to pursue its most wayward and musicianly impulses wherever they might lead.

70
Spin

Resonant, dusty somethings, not much on their own, line up and aggregate into something fluid and sweetly steady.

70
Slant Magazine

Amnesiac is, essentially, Kid B: overly ambitious, somewhat unattainable, and at once completely scornful and unfailingly devoted to the rock tradition.

58
Entertainment Weekly

What they serve up on ”Amnesiac” is neither a grand song cycle à la ”OK Computer” or ”The Bends,” nor wholly satisfying experiments like the most successful parts of ”Kid A.”

Wolf
80
You And Whose Army?
liammenzies
84
Call this Kid A b-sides and I'll fight you.
zachthesnack
100
This is, in my honest opinion one of the most underrated records of all time. It seldom gets the credit it deserves just because people consider it one of Radiohead's weaker records. It is my personal favorite record from their discography, it brings everything I could want out of an experimental rock album and more.

From a standpoint in regards to the composition, this thing is near flawless. All of the songs seamlessly drift together and stick to the experimental electronic jazz-rock ... read more
amygoodall
55
generally terrible flow but it's got some cool moments
MarkCooper
94
Just because all the songs on this and Kid A were written in the same sessions gives people the false constitution to call this an album of 'Kid A b-sides' and 'throw aways'. This album deserves to stand on its own musical accomplishments and be acknowledged by the boundaries it breaks, not by the sole fact it came out a little bit after Kid A. This is very much a separate album, with separate themes and very different ways of looking at music.

Songs that broke boundaries: Life in a ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/SPIN
#6/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box 
  2. Pyramid Song 
  3. Pulk / Pull Revolving Doors 
  4. You & Whose Army? 
  5. I Might Be Wrong 
  6. Knives Out 
  7. Morning Bell / Amnesiac 
  8. Dollars & Cents 
  9. Hunting Bears 
  10. Like Spinning Plates 
  11. Life in a Glass House

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