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The Best You Can Is Good Enough: Radiohead vs. The Corporate Machine

PopMatters' coverage of Kid A's 10th anniversary concludes with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the album, here discussing why the band decided to abandon all conventional publicity mechanisms to promote the album, and what such gestures ultimately said about the band's mindset at the time ...

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'Kid A': The Audio File

Last year, Thomas Britt reviewed Capitol's "Special Collector" reissues of the band's latter-day albums. With a brand new introduction, Britt takes us back to how life intersected art for him during those first few listens ...

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You're Living in a Fantasy: The Art of 'Kid A'

The "Demon Bear" logo really took its time in the spotlight for the release of Kid A, but as long-standing Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood tells it, much of Kid A's abstract visual style comes from a very real, very frightening place. Arnold Pan explores.

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The Art of Falling Apart: Radiohead's 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' -- Separated at Birth

They were recorded at the same time. The songs came from the same creative place. Hell, they even share a song between them ("Morning Bell"). So why does Amnesiac seem to always be dwarfed by the shadow of Kid A in comparison?

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How to Sidestep Expectations Completely

Before its release, virtually every professional critic and music know-it-all knew exactly what Kid A was going to sound like, and virtually every single one of them was wrong. In order to understand where the album came from, you have to understand where Radiohead wanted to go.

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Here's Looking at You, Kid: The Echoes of 'Kid A'

Most critics didn't give Kid A great marks upon its initial release. So, what has lead to such a drastic act of historical revisionism wherein we now call it the Album of the Decade? It seems that the album's influence echoes farther than we initially thought.

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What Was It That You Tried to Say? The Degeneration of the Voice in 'Kid A'

For being one of the defining albums of its time, Kid A certainly doesn't have much to say -- or at least that's what the band wants you to think. The band's thoughts on losing one's voice in an increasingly individualistic society suddenly takes on a much greater potency.

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Between the Grooves of Radiohead's 'Kid A'

Ten writers tackle each track on Radiohead's Kid A (yes, even the bonus blip at the end), and we soon discover how, truly, everything is in its right place ...


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