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From ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ to ‘The Doors’ make it to the ROLLING STONE list

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Rolling Stone Sep 29, 2012
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 67. Kid A, Radiohead Capitol, 2000

 “Kid A is like getting a massive eraser out and starting again,” Thom Yorke said in October 2000, the week this album became the British band’s first Number One record in America. “I find it difficult to think of the path we’ve chosen as ”˜rock music.’” In fact, Kid A remains the most groundbreaking rock album of the ’00s ”“ Radiohead rebuilt, with a new set of basics and a bleak but potent humanity. Just when the Nineties altrock heroes seemed destined to become the next U2, they made a fractured, twitchy anti-opus. Despite esoteric nods to electronica (“Idioteque”) and free jazz (“The National Anthem”), they morphed alien sounds into a surprisingly accessible elegy to tenderness ”“ and had a hit anyway.

 

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