Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album: How to Disappear Completely (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Nov 8, 2010 - Music - 256 pages
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How the British rock band Radiohead subverts the idea of the concept album in order to articulate themes of alienation and anti-capitalism is the focus of Marianne Tatom Letts's analysis of Kid A and Amnesiac. These experimental albums marked a departure from the band's standard guitar-driven base layered with complex production effects. Considering the albums in the context of the band's earlier releases, Letts explores the motivations behind this change. She places the two albums within the concept-album/progressive-rock tradition and shows how both resist that tradition. Unlike most critics of Radiohead, who focus on the band's lyrics, videos, sociological importance, or audience reception, Letts focuses on the music itself. She investigates Radiohead's ambivalence toward its own success, as manifested in the vanishing subject of Kid A on these two albums.

  

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User Review  - Sam Bowman - Goodreads

I really wanted to love this book. It's nice that someone took the time and effort to make it but the author tries to map subjectivity onto the two albums by seemingly indiscriminately cherry-picking ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

This book is basically an academic dissertation on two of Radiohead's more beguiling albums. As an academic exercise without any real narrative arc, it is not the kind of book you read excitedly start ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
The Reception of OK Computer and Kid A
28
Musical Elements in Kid A
45
The Second Death of Kid A
81
Amnesiac as Antidote
114
Amnesiac and Beyond
144
Radiohead as Commodity
177
Notes
199
Bibliography
215
Select Discography
223
Index
225
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Marianne Tatom Letts holds music degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Austin.

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