There is a great point made at the beginning of Sean McCarthy’s PopMatters essay, “Here’s Looking at You, Kid: The Echoes of ‘Kid A’,” where he writes “For those that routinely pride themselves in recognizing what a landmark album Kid A was on the day of its release, I’ll take your word for it, but with a slight dose of skepticism.”
Its true. If we were to go back to the first time we heard Radiohead’s landmark 2000 release, Kid A, we remember the feeling that something greater was happening, but were finding it difficult to be the soundtrack of our college dorm. As the year went on the album began to breath, but the from the very first note to the very last heavenly choir, its seemed grand but difficult.
McCarthy’s essay looks at the initial praise and confusion over the release, and how opinions have changed since.
The article in question is about a book by Phil Zuckerman, called Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment. “Zuckerman interviewed 149 people in Sweden and Denmark about God, religion, and faith, and his book contains lengthy excepts from these interviews.” And that is his book. Amazing.
We want to read it for a few reasons, one being in an ever-changing world, especially living here in the United States, we are starting to see the benefits of a nation or nation that does little to rattle the world’s attention, and just goes about their way to make the quality of life very high for everybody. We are envious. Health care, religion, education, wages, all those things are sorted out very well in Scandinavia.
“Most of the Danes and Swedes that Zuckerman interviews feel that their friends would look at them strangely if they said they did believe in God.” Interesting. How refreshing.