I’ve been a huge Radiohead fan for a long time, but I’m one of those that think that they haven’t been the same after “OK Computer”. I don’t like “Kid A”, but I can see that it was a game changer. After releasing a pretty “commercial” album with “In Rainbows” a couple of years ago, this album is sort of a spiritual follow up to “Kid A”. It’s more experimental, jazzy, fluid, with jerky rhythms and no discernible song structures.
I have to say this is not for me. To me, the songs are almost outright annoying, albeit with some highlights in the form of “Lotus Flowers”, “Codex” and ending track “Separator” (probably the best song here) where the song writing is less progressive. They are still no match for their best tracks though. I have to really apply myself to listen through the album, even though it in my opinion gets better towards the end.
Give it a chance if you like “Kid A”, but if you’re a fan of their “imperial period” with “The Bends” and “OK Computer”, you’d probably best leave it alone.