A Look at My Favorite Album of All Time
Lately, I found myself venturing into a random compilation of my favorite records. Although I’m not completely done with the list, I want to a deep dive into my favorite record of all time. Other spots on my top 50 albums list tend to change as time goes on, but this record has been my number one since I first heard it.
As narcissistic as this might sound, I like to think my music taste is fairly broad and appreciative of anything interesting or compelling. Like anyone else, I have personal preferences, but as I age into being a music fanatic or snob, I can listen to and enjoy practically any genre, as long as the music is good.
Obviously, deeming something that’s good is completely subjective in any genre. Still, whenever an album is critically acclaimed, most people are in agreement about why they enjoy it. Nevertheless, I want to discuss my favorite album of all time, which is Kid A by Radiohead.
My Favorite Album: Radiohead - Kid A
Kid A by Radiohead is my favorite record of all time. Kid A was a monumental moment in the band’s discography. Sure, the group’s previous work with Ok Computer in 1997 brought them to new horizons from being a standard 90s alternative rock band. However, the group reached their magnum opus with the experimental rock adventure brought on during the recording of Kid A.
During the process of creating their next record after Ok Computer, the group was reportedly exhausted from touring and wanted to change what they were trying to create ultimately. Adding elements of electronica and post-rock paid off as it led to the growth of their sound and fanbase.
Notable examples of experimentation include vocalist Thom Yorke cutting up words and phrases to pick them at random to create lyrical lines, while guitarist Jonny Greenwood looked deeper into electronica instead of turning to more traditional instrumentation like guitar. Drummer Philip Selway expressed how the band was burnt out and feared they were turning into a one-trick pony. From there, the group did everything in their power to create something different and exciting.
The anthemic synthesizer-driven opener of Everything in its Right Place is a clear indication of what to expect from the album. It’s a representation of the grimly realistic and sorrowful songs that had every element of dynamic change personified in it. Not to mention the acid-trip turn of The National Anthem and the booming electronic sound through Idioteque. It’s an album I’ll never forget and I hope all of you give it all a thorough listen.
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