Radiohead - Amnesiac
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Based on 12 reviews
2001 Ratings: #57 / 177
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2001 Ratings: #25
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June 5, 2001 / Release Date
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Capitol / EMI / Label
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Amnesiac's highlights were undeniably worth the wait, and easily overcome its occasional patchiness.

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.

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.


'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.


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.

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.

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.


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

Rolling Stone

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


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

Slant Magazine

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

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.”

Call this Kid A b-sides and I'll fight you.
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
Thom Yorke is the supreme God of music
You And Whose Army?
I was expecting bad Kid-A rip-offs, but this album does deliver pretty well. I don't think there's anything outside a couple of great songs (and one just plain magnificent one) that I'd really come back to, though. The re-made Morning Bell is a lot better than Kid A's, where I thought it was one of the weaker tracks. Overall, not something I'd come back to that often, but there's enough merit in most tracks for an occasional listen.
Favourites: Pyramid Song, Morning Bell/Amnesiac, Knives ... read more
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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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