How Public Perception Has Changed on Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’
Singer, frontman and peculiar face of the 1990s supergroup Radiohead, Thom Yorke has a certain dissenting expression about himself. His temper seems to be one of constant scrutiny and cynicism as he and his band cursed and blessed each other with their first big hit, “Creep.” Since that song came out, all Radiohead has done afterwards was an attempt to escape the self-imposed public perception that the band had for itself and very real.
They called Radiohead a “one-shot wonder”. So Radiohead released their second album, Curvatures who presented one single after a following – he put them atop the totem pole of independent alternative britpop bands. They had explored the vast avenue of guitar music so much that they had exhausted it, and so, as a result, every album almost turned into some sort of “all or nothing” situation for Radiohead. Their next album, OK computer, became a logical continuation of Curvatures – he took guitar music to a whole new level, creating masterpieces like “Paranoid Android” and “Exit Music (For a Film)”. Overall, this made them the quintessential existentialist group.
What really stood out for Radiohead fans was the band’s heartfelt authenticity. It wasn’t just a pretentious proclamation of their many masks or a demonstration of their growing array of talent, everything we heard on the album is exactly what the band, and more specifically, Thom Yorke, was experiencing and how. he wanted to express. he.
Typically, when it comes to anything, time will tell – time gives us context and perspective. Kid A, perception has radically changed.
By the end of the decade and into the new century, Thom Yorke was tired of being famous and touring. He had had enough. Author of That doesn’t happen: Radiohead’s “Kid A” and the start of the 21st century, Steve Hyden said, “Thom Yorke literally can’t escape fame, and he’s trying to do it. Therefore Kid A, sort of becomes the vehicle with which he will try to force his way out of there. Yorke and the rest of Radiohead were looking for an escape, so the solution came to radically change their style of music.
In anticipation of Radiohead’s fourth album, Kid A, the group was considered the savior of rock music. Critics and fans alike expected another continuation of Curvatures and OK Computer. Instead of, Child A came out and, for the majority of their fans and critics, it was a disappointment. Many considered this Radiohead record to be the low point of their careers at the time; everyone is allowed to swipe and that was Radiohead’s mistake.
“OK computer was the album that really established them as one of the iconic bands of their generation, ”explained Hyden. “And so they were getting a lot of press and a lot of attention at that time. And I think as the tour continued to support this record, he just started to focus on Thom Yorke.
Commercially, the record sold well, but critics almost unanimously agreed that the album was confusing. Some synth sounds felt cliché and the overall quality of the production was overprocessed. Ultimately, Kid A would do more than stand the test of time. He predicted the direction of music later, which happened 10 to 20 years later.
Our perception of Radiohead has changed dramatically over the years. As they released more albums and other bands started showing their influence through Radiohead, Child A started to make a lot more sense. The way people hated when Dylan went electric, members of the public hated it when Radiohead went electronic.
Looking back now, even their early rock guitar records are better, and everything after that makes more sense. Child A has aged as a connecting record within their vast and diverse discography and it’s only getting better with each passing year.