In some quarters, there seems to be an air of impatience with Radiohead digging in its avant-garde heels with the follow-up to the experimental Kid A.

In some quarters, there seems to be an air of impatience with Radiohead digging in its avant-garde heels with the follow-up to the experimental Kid A. Don't listen to the philistines. By resolutely forgetting formula, Radiohead proves itself all the more relevant with Amnesiac. There are no conventional rock radio singles here—not even anything in the way of the cathartic "Optimistic" from Kid A—but pace many critics, there are "tunes" galore, particularly with the tracks that make up the wounded heart of the record—the anti-hymn "You and Whose Army?," abstract-blues single "I Might Be Wrong," elegiac cautionary tale "Knives Out," Kid A redux "The Morning Bell Amnesiac," and "Dollars & Cents," a sublime summation of leader Thom Yorke's disdain for the philosophical currency of the not-so New World Order. That rarest of things, Radiohead is a rock band with something meaningful to say, saying it in a truly contemporary, utterly individual language.—BB