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9A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 5, 2000


Kid A; Radiohead; Capitol

By Luke Smith
Dzifly Arts -rnter
Kid A, Radiohead's brave fourth
album, hit U.S. stores Tuesday. It car-
ries an ocean of ambient sounds and
cryptic keyboard loops, many of
which are spread wide by Thom
Yorke's crooning vocals.
After the commercial and critical
success of 1997's OK Coinputer (1.2
million in U.S. sales), the band
returns post-millennium with an
entirely different sound. Kid A for-
*kes the guitar driven riffs that pro-
pelled their previous releases, replac-
ing them with drum loops, keyboard
samples and computer programs.
The album opens with sampling of
aYorke vocal snippet laid gently
across pulsing keyboards and ambient
drum loops in "Everything in its right
place," an immediate indulgence into
the musical genius that reverberates
rou hout the record. Musical con-
exity may not have been the aim of

this expansive track, but the triple
tracked alternating vocals and muf-
fled keyboards slanted against grainy
computer electronica gives the open-
ing track a feel all its own.
The vocals are masked under
effects with muffled wording and
pulse almost in tune with the tribal
looping, intertwined with the tapping
of drumsticks. Organ chords crescen-
do mid way thru the song and as faint-
ly as they entered, they give way to a
teetering arrangement of computer
flashes and the mystical vocals.
"National Anthem" was originally
intended to be a B-side for OK
Compiter but the band liked it too
much and added it to Kid A.
Beginning with a bass line that is
reminiscent of older Radiohead, the
song decomposes into an orchestral
explosion of Yorke's voice, a driving
bass beat and a slew of horns, all end-
ing in a heartbeat.
"How to disappear completely" is a
song for the Radiohead purist, some-
one not quite ready for the band's
abrupt change of direction. It sounds

as though it could have easily fit into
place on OK Computer
"Treefingers" is completely instru-
mental, zooming in and out with
shimmering keyboards that never
seem to snap quite into place. The
blurring of instruments that make up
the song is almost impossible to fol-

Radiohead's complete departure
from liquefied rock is a clear attempt
to reinvent themselves and the genre
that they stand alone within. The pro-
-ression of the band has been any-
thing but stunted and to call Kid A a
musical coming of age would be

nothing short of complete under-
Kid A finds itself so far from pop
music that to call it an album is unfit-
ting, this is a symphony with ten
movements. Thom Yorke's inventive
creativity forces pop music to take a
hard look at the hook, the chorus and

the verse to see if they are all neces-
sary. Kid A is an orchestral arrange-
ment of svnth and song, laced-with
bulging bass beats, deep drum
thumps, all covered by the croon of
Thom Yorke.
Grade: A

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