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Editors’ Notes

Their previous album, 1995’s The Bends, represented the perfect balance between pop and its experimental edges. OK Computer would gently toss the pop tag aside (2000’s Kid A would be less gentle with its ruthless artistic ambition). Using their guitars to create seemingly endless layers of sound, adding strangely alluring keyboards and throwing together a few off-kilter rhythms, the British quintet fashioned themselves as both pioneers in their “alternative” rock field and as throwbacks to the album-oriented rock of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Rush where much of the music’s power depended on its overriding concept. The deliberately disjointed “Paranoid Android” represents the band’s increasingly complex side as it breaks into various pieces within itself and settles for no easy ways out. “Lucky,” “Karma Police” and the haunting sweep of “Exit Music (For a Film)” are, by comparison, almost motionless in their sonic waves, floating on warm, fuzzy sonic beds. Not exactly space-rock in the strictest sense, but definitely music looking to travel beyond the usual constraints of time and space.

Customer Reviews


The "Dark Side of the Moon" of the modern era.

How am I the first to write a review for this landmark album?

Maybe iTunes deleted its collective data of all reviews prior to 2013, yet I doubt it. I was the first to write a review for The Bends Collector's Edition, and while I was surprised that the standard version of that classic album had only 20 ratings, the fact that one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time (regarded as such by basically every major music outlet) only has 15 ratings without a review is even more unfathomable. I really just don't get it and again I hope iTunes' review data screwed up in some way. If you've come this far in my "review", stop reading this review and go listen to this album. You won't look at modern music the same way again.

I love this.

This album is very refreshing. Like a drink of ice cold water during a drought.


Formed: 1989 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Radiohead were one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to draw heavily from the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums. But the band internalized that epic sweep, turning it inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation. Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture -- borrowing as much from My Bloody Valentine and Pink Floyd as R.E.M. and Pixies -- instead of virtuosity. It took...
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