Friday, July 22, 2011

A song a day: Radiohead - Morning Bell Amnesiac

For some reason this song has been popping into my head of late and while there are two versions of the song (originally released on Kid A but reprised on Amnesiac), I prefer the Amnesiac version. The reason for this is Kid A's Morning Bell fits perfectly within the context of the album where the Amnesiac track sounds more like a single remix - more accessible and more memorable for that big radio hit. Too bad it's such a downer - the sketchy lyrics tell of family discord and fracture, "Cut the kids in half" goes the refrain. Despite this, the song has an elegant beauty mainly derived from Thom Yorke's superlative vocal. Kid A remains my favourite Radiohead album but in the Morning Bell contest, Amnesiac wins hands down.


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