“Pyramid Song” is comparable to Radiohead’s old stuff only insofar as it has a grand unifying design; everything on OK Computer, even “No Surprises,” was brighter-faced than this. No one dies or saves the universe here -- they just dream dark dreams and see visions of a future that’s more of the same overwhelming stuff. It’s no accident that the video for “Pyramid Song” appears to take place underwater; the song feels like drowning. The Romantic poets used to imagine that drowning was the most beautiful of deaths, and who’s to say? ...none of us having been there and come back, I mean. What’s certain is that it’s still death, which seems to be the way we’re headed at the end of Amnesiac’s second song.

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