AOTY 2021

Amnesiac

Radiohead - Amnesiac
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2001 Ratings: #45 / 181
User Score
2001 Ratings: #39
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Pitchfork

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

90
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.

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.

80
Q Magazine

Also known as Kid A, Part 2, at least unofficially. This was recorded during the same sessions and shared much of that album's turn-of-the-millennium angst.

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.”

Tristan
80
Amnesiac by Radiohead. After the massive success of the influential OK Computer and experimental Kid A, the world was watching to see what Radiohead would do next. As it was mostly recorded in the same sessions as Kid A, it contains a lot of similarities. In fact, during the creation there was actually talk of releasing Kid A and Amnesiac as a double album, but felt it would be too "dense." Both records contain a very experimental sound pallet, making use of both traditional and ... read more
liammenzies
84
Call this Kid A b-sides and I'll fight you.
andiov1
98
It’s probably already been said before, but Amnesiac is maybe one of the most underrated albums of all time, and it also happens to be my personal favorite Radiohead album.

So between this review and my last one, quite a few things have happened. First off, I hit 600 followers, which feels great and I have to give many thanks once again to everyone who follows me, and second off, I moved into a new house, which while I’d overall consider a good thing was maybe not as great for my ... read more
zachthesnack
96
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
heavenlyxbn
86
Amnesiac has always been an interesting album, at least for me to listen to, having light touches of Jazz, the truth is that the album, on my second listen, I enjoyed it a lot.

Favorite tracks: Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box, Pyramid Song, You And Whose Army?, I Might Be Wrong, Knives Out, Morning Bell/Amnesiac, Dollars And Cents, Life In A Glosshouse.

Least favorite: Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors.
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