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Radiohead "Amnesiac"

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***1/2
review by Mitch Smilie

Sure, it may have been recorded at the same sessions that produced last year's Kid A, but Radiohead's latest offering, Amnesiac, is far more accessible than its' predecessor. That's not to say it's better, but where Kid A offered a brave new world of experimental music, Amnesiac combines the experimental with "song oriented" tunes to produce an album that becomes more enjoyable with each listen. Sure, the album's a hodgepodge, but it's best moments quite possibly rival the best moments of Radiohead's already legendary career: "Pyramid Song", "You And Whose Army?", "Knives Out" and "Life In A Glasshouse". Other pleasant tracks include "I Might Be Wrong", "Morning Bell/ Amnesiac", "Dollars & Cents" and "Like Spinning Plates". Not everything falls into place: "Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box", the opening track, fails to really grab you; "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors" reveals the monotonous downside to some electronic-tinged music; and "Hunting Bears", an instrumental, isn't extremely interesting. However, there is more good than bad here to be digested so dive in. The most amazing thing about Radiohead is that they've made music on their own terms, and have remained popular while constantly attracting new fans. Certainly one of the leading forces in the progressive rock field, Amnesiac insures that Radiohead will remain in the lead for a little while longer.