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6 October 2000

Kid A: A Mini-review, of sorts... part 2

So, last time, I ended with Optimistic. Now the remainder of the tracks, followed by my big-picture take on Kid A.

In Limbo: The sort of song I could almost imagine Redline writing on an incredibly good day. Impressive feel for the riff, the 6/4 changing to 8/4 when the verse comes in, that time signature shift whacking me in the side of my head like a baseball bat. And then another whack moving back to the "chorus" bit... this goes on throughout the song. A song which gets better each time I hear it.

Idioteque: One of those songs which I listen to and say, "This sounds nothing like a Radiohead song," and then discover that it really does, and that's what makes it work so well. Example of the perfect note: when the chorus comes in and the lyrics first hit "Here I'm alive, Everything all of the time," it's the subtle harmony behind that one then that makes it perfect. Lyrics are typically literate, harrowing, and brilliant.

Morning Bell: Interesting 5/4 signature. A good song, but for some reason, much like The National Anthem, this hasn't yet grabbed me. A good, slightly creepy ending.

Motion Picture Soundtrack: This is a very good song which I would have arranged very differently. Perhaps it's the lush, flowing harp and strings, perhaps it's the tones of the organ. I don't know.... It is one of the two songs on the album which I sometimes skip. Much like Melatonin on the Airbag - How am I Driving? EP. I think I'd've mainly stuck with just an acoustic guitar with this one...

Overall: Kid A seems to be a bit like the next step world after OK Computer. OK Computer is the spirit-crushing present, and this is a glimpse of the future. OK Computer was incisive, cutting to the heart of a soulless suburbia, the horrible existence of materialism. And it was vivid. It was expressionistic. In a way, it is Joy Divisions' Atrocity Exhibition, "This is the way, step inside..." and Kid A is a mysterious time in the future, in a sense a musical prophetic interlude. When we get to the future, we'll see some of these disjointed images, and find them familiar for the first time. Perhaps somewhat like the biblical Revelation, where we recognize the prophetic descriptions of monstrous locusts and flying beasts as war helicopters. OK Computer looks like the here-and-now. Kid A looks like tomorrow.


Damn, did I forget to post anything about wallpapers when I promised on 4 October? Ugh. Well, to cover up that mistake, I've removed that durned reference on the 4 October archive page. But then, this'll show up on the 6 October archive page. Ah, well.

So, there are new desktop wallpapers at ANODE. Just click downloads and there are 4 wonderful wallpapers, the last two of which have very large expanses of solid color for all you web people who always end up with a thousand icons, files, and shortcuts on your desktop. See? Functional as well as Fashionable... As for ANODE as a whole, I know, I need to build a credits page. And I need to get my next 2 projects out of development hell and onto the site: Neuropathy and Procedures. Neuropathy being a founding project that has yet to quite take shape... and Procedures a new project I thought of last week and am trying to get Clinton to help me out with the programming... If they turn out as I intend, they'll be up there with Terminal Illness... time will tell.

musings of a prod.

The Revolution: hold on to yer hats! Yeeha! Some revolutionaries and non-revolutionaries alike are headed to east to see Dinney the Dinosaur and Joshua Tree. Head 'em up, and move 'em out.


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