Favorite Album | #33: Radiohead – The Bends (1995)

One of the great albums in alternative rock, The Bends was Radiohead’s artistic breakthrough, and even though they have since pushed their sound way beyond the guitar rock they present here, I still consider The Bends to be their best work. The Bends was released in the twilight of grunge; by 1995 the best alternative music was coming from Britain, not America, and it was in the form of sunn...[Read More]

Favorite Album | #50: Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)

Radiohead’s most famous song is 1993’s “Creep,” which has become one of the definitive alternative rock songs over the past twenty years. (You can still hear it on alternative rock radio pretty frequently.) Yet the album that houses “Creep,” Pablo Honey, is easily Radiohead’s worst album, a mediocre debut from one of the bands (if not the band) that has de...[Read More]

Favorite Album | #56: Radiohead – Kid A (2000)

As its cover suggests, Kid A is bizarre, icy and abstract, even by Radiohead standards. Their first three albums, Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997), are more or less guitar-based and fit comfortably into the alternative rock canon. Radiohead updated alternative rock for the new century by fully embracing electronic elements on Kid A, resulting in some startling compositio...[Read More]

Favorite Album | #73: Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)

Before Radiohead released In Rainbows, I was familiar with their work, but only just. Their breakthrough single “Creep” still receives a fair amount of airplay on modern rock radio even today, and I knew some of their other songs like “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police” and “Fake Plastic Trees.” But they have never been much of a radio band (not in th...[Read More]

Favorite Album | #91: Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001)

I kind of ignored Radiohead for a long time. In fact, they were pretty easy to ignore. They haven’t made a straight-up rock record since 1997’s OK Computer, and they haven’t had much of a presence on commercial channels since. Yet their records have continued to sell well, a testament to the band’s loyal fan base and their surprisingly broad artistic appeal. That’s th...[Read More]

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