Thursday, Jun 17, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Marianne Tatom Letts
The University of Texas at Austin (December 2005)

“The band Radiohead has dealt extensively with aspects of alienation in modern society over the course of its six albums. Despite consistently articulating an anxiety about capitalist culture, the band continues to produce its own commodity for mass consumption. In this dissertation I examine in detail Radiohead’s two “experimental” albums, Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), and investigate the ways in which the band’s ambivalence toward its own success manifests in the albums’ vanishing subject. In chapter one, I describe the origins of Radiohead as a popular music group from Oxford, England, and discuss the critical reception of their albums Pablo Honey (1993) and The Bends (1995). I then review the analytical attention paid to the concept album in popular music, including its relation to notions of narrative and its lack of definition in scholarly work….”

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