Amnesiac

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Amnesiac (limited edition, book) CD 11 Parlophone F HEIT 451 724353276720
Amnesiac 2×10" Vinyl 5 + 6 Parlophone LPFHEIT 45101 724353276416
Amnesiac CD 11 Parlophone 7243 5 32764 2 3, CDFHEIT 45101 724353276423
Amnesiac CD 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 5 32764 2 3 724353276423
Amnesiac CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 724353276423 724353276423
Amnesiac CD 11 EMI Music Canada, Parlophone 7243 5 32764 2 3 724353276423
Amnesiac (limited edition) CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Parlophone TOCP-53858 4988006847453
Amnesiac 2×10" Vinyl 5 + 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 5 32764 1 724353276416
Amnesiac 2×CD 11 + 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 509996 97103 22 5099969710322
Amnesiac (Special collector’s edition) 2×CD 11 + 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCD 5 5099969710322
Amnesiac 2×CD + DVD 11 + 15 + 10 Parlophone RHEADCDX 5 5099969710520
Amnesiac Digital Media 11 XL Recordings XLDA783 634904078362
Promotion
Amnesiac CD 11 Parlophone AMNESIAC 02 [none]
4 Songs From Amnesiac CD 4 Parlophone AMNESIAC 01 [none]
(unknown)
Amnesiac CD 12

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: I Might Be Wrong
Knives Out
Pyramid Song
included in: 5 Album Set (Pablo Honey / The Bends / OK Computer / Kid A / Amnesiac)
Album Box Set
part of: Pitchfork: Top 20 Albums of 2001 (number: 6)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2001)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 320)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000001712 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/2507 [info]
Wikidata: Q223650 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Amnesiac (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Radiohead:Amnesiac_(2001) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/Radiohead/Discography/Amnesiac/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/amnesiac/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/30842/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bv3n [info]

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Amnesiac was recorded at the same sessions as the expectation-defying (read: not many tunes) Kid A. This fifth album from the Oxford boys came out nine months later and, at the time of its release, Thom Yorke spouted a lot of nonsense about gnosticism and the fact that it was, like, an explanation of Kid A's voguish electronica-as-misanthropy. The fact was: this was the offcuts and the stuff that didn't quite fit. Lucky for us that it was still bloody marvellous.

Amnesiac is a simpler album than Kid A. Understandably, being less worried over, the pieces are easier to digest. The self-loathing and general railing about modern existence is still there, but at times the band relax enough to let in some exquisite tunes. Pyramid Song's jazzy slouch backed by strings-to-swoon-by is the album's rightful centrepiece, but the delights are many. There's edgy urban paranoia. ("I'm a reasonable man, get off my case" mutters Yorke on Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box), political pugnaciousness (You And Whose Army?) and sheer post rock misery (Knives Out).

There's a good case to argue that Amnesiac and Kid A - born out of the same writer's block and new methodology - should never have been separated. Much as Beatles fans will tell you that the White Album has the kernel of one classic at its heart, so do these twins. Of course there's a whole other school that revel in the less comfortable chunks of this sonic feast. To them this melange of dissonance, clicks and backwards voices only adds to the mystique, the dislocation and the overall sense that somehow Radiohead UNDERSTAND what's going on more than us poor sheep.

The truth, one suspects, lies somewhere in between. Yorke's anger and confusion has weathered well. These slices of prog electronica created dismay amongst the critics at the time. Now, in the light of civilisation's continual decline, they seem like the reasonable musings of someone perfectly sane. "Cut the kids in half", indeed...