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OK Computer
OK Computer
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £3.90

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Will Probably Change The Way You Look At Music, 15 Jan. 2003
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
O.K. Computer has far better material than it’s predecessors by far, only falling on its lack of continuity. This album is far apart from 'The Bends' with a great deal of experimentation with all kinds of guitar sounds and electronic manipulation. The opening to the album gets you settled in straight away and you can't help but become consumed by Thom's voice sounding stronger than ever. "Paranoid Android" is the onslaught that follows the opening "Airbag"; it is certainly one of their greatest songs to this day.
"Paranoid Android" has everything that makes Radiohead all rolled into one. Thom's amazing voice bursting with emotion, amazing lyrics, a massive bass line for Colin, O'Brien with his guitar solo's and an overall mind blowing experience. "Subterranean Homesick Alien" nothing to do with Dylan's but rather a well written track more to do with the distrusting and sceptical nature of society. Then there is the Dark, and sinister "Exit Music (For A Film)". It starts with a light acoustic guitar leaving lots of emphasis on Thom's voice, which is rather down and tired yet, soft. Then the use of backing voices to make that movie like Dark, Satanic moments and then as Yorke reaches to the climax Selway starts the intro for Colin Greenwood with the Heavy bass line giving depth then we fade out into the whispering wind as Yorke repeats 'We hope that you choke, that you choke'.
"Let Down" starts quite comforting lulling you into a false sense of security as it slowly brings you down as Yorke drone's about those moments we all loathe yet can't help feeling let down! It then rolls on into "Karma Police" where our popularity driven culture has the Karma Police 'arrest this man... (who) talks in maths he buzzes like a fridge, he's like a detuned radio'. The following "Fitter Happier" is the most original track on the album and although simply sounding like Stephen Hawking reading one of Yorke's review's on life it is quite stirring and a good interlude before they throw a massive onslaught of guitar as Thom rallies for your vote against the politicians and how they bully the outward pressure groups.
We then get to the final tracks of the album that don't quite fit in with the previous material, much slower and although on the same content and just as awesome as the rest it doesn't quite fit. "Climbing Up The Walls" is Thom representing that thought/feeling that just pick's at you when your alone at night and no-one else is there to comfort you, with a big epic sound it is one of the top tracks on the album. "No Surprises" seems to just drift off into the atmosphere like a child's. "Lucky" is the big highlight of the album often overlooked by many, but it is a powerful track from which you get out almost as much as Thom put in. "The Tourist" has a more ambient sound and slowly brings everything to a stand still so we can get on with our meaningless lives.


The Bends
The Bends
Price: £5.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Leap Forward!!, 15 Jan. 2003
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
‘The Bends’ is a big step from ‘Pablo Honey’ and, at the time, an unexpected one too. It may not have tracks as good as the highlights of ‘O.K. Computer’ and it may not have the hype of an anthem like "creep" nor the experimental sound of Kid A and Amnesiac but what it does have is flow, keeping a strong hold of your attention from beginning to end, even at its slightly weaker moments.
It's weak tracks are hardly what you would call weak, and nothing will get you quite as excited as waiting for the distortion to kick in on "My Iron Lung" and the lyrics throughout the album are just phenomenal: 'This machine will not communicate these thoughts and the strain I am under' and that's exactly the point, we won't understand Thom Yorke's mind so I won't dissect these tracks making an in depth analysis for you as your opinion is your own and with Radiohead everyone has a different view. All I can say is that for a band that started rock, this is the height of their ROCK career, because of that Thom never tried to recreate it and OK Computer went in a different direction.
The album starts reasonably mellow with “Planet Telex”, then begins Yorke’s lyrical onslaught in “The Bends” giving a clear picture of what’s to come. Then we take a step back as the emotion comes through clearly on the strongly acoustic "High & Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees", then “Bones” starts to move into a heavier sound, with “Nice Dream” sounding exactly so to begin soon begins to deteriorate into a heavy guitar based riff before moving on to "Just" which, as with bends shows Yorke’s talent for lyrics (still in development here) and it is well accompanied by the heavier sound. "My Iron Lung" has a series of softer verses which quickly race into distorted guitar solo’s and then Thom begins to fade on "Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was", moving through the very similar “Black Star” and “Sulk” finishing on "Street Spirit" which is still one of the top tracks by Radiohead to this day and a well written acoustic track that is a perfect finish to the album.


Rated R
Rated R
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £7.50

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of 2000 and Beyond!, 13 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Rated R (Audio CD)
This is an album that will blow you away, if you've heard the new album your way ahead of yourself because although this isn't as heavy nor as fast as SFTD it is QOTSA at their finest. The self-titled album was huge but nothing in comparison to this. It gets straight down to business by blasting the two singles "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" and "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" leaving you thinking there can't possibly be much better than this but there's so much left.
"Leg Of Lamb" and "Auto Pilot" are powerful songs but mere tools to get you used to their psychedelic rock sound in preparation for the massive Bjork inspired "Better Living Through Chemistry" which will leave you wondering quite how much of the 'Nicotine, Valium, Vicodane, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol' you consumed to feel good this summer. After that head rush you need some calming down but now Josh Homme has got something else for you, the mind destroyingly addictive "Monsters In The Parasol" with Goss and Oliveri adding in some sinister backing vocals. 'I don't even know... what I'm doing here' admits Oliveri before a sudden rush of guitars and vocals leads into "Quick And To The Pointless". Guest star Mark Lanegan is given lead vocals on the darker "In The Fade" before another rush in "Tension Head" then it all starts to mellow out on the instrumental "Lightning Song" before the final big QOTSA outro "I Think I Lost My Headache" with a mass brass instrumental at the end which will either cause you to end the album prematurely or listen to an artist's attempts to create a musical depiction of a headache (One that still doesn't compare to Radiohead's "The National Anthem").
This album is one of highs and lows that will leave you either loving or loathing the entire album. Altogether the album is a mass hit and one of the greatest albums from 2002. One to add variety to a collection of Rock/Metal music and a great addition to those already fans of the members, QOTSA coming from Screaming Trees (Lanegan), Kyuss (Homme) and Dwarves (Oliveri). To make it all quite simple, if you don't own this album then do yourself a favour and buy it.


Pablo Honey
Pablo Honey
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Beginning..., 12 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Pablo Honey (Audio CD)
The beginnings of a band that was to become something of an enigma, surviving the expected failure after their massive single “creep” not being swallowed by their own ego’s. The band that has produced one amazing album after another. These five friends from Oxford are, if they haven’t already, something that will change your views on life and music.
For some people this album is lost in the shadow cast by their other massive albums, to others the band’s best album to date. For me it sits on that line where all Radiohead albums lie, if only but a little above or below each other. Although for myself “The Bends” comes out just on top I always listen to it in succession with “Pablo Honey”. This is quite simply another great rock album.
Of course many will say that this album is overrated or its only strengths is the anthemic ‘Creep’, but that is of course wrong. Although my feelings on the nature of ‘Creep’ differs from most it is a great song and the one through which Radiohead’s career was brought to the world’s attention, but how does that differ from ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’. The hype and over-critical analysis of ‘Creep’ completely overshadows most of the album and most especially what I consider the best track on the album ‘Thinking About You’.
‘Thinking About You’ is another emotive filled Thom Yorke, singing over a strong acoustic sound, which you will soon find out is the best way to hear Radiohead with Yorke’s emotions being allowed to sing out at their absolute heights; if ‘Creep’ is all you want off this album I advise you find the acoustic version as it is far better.
In this album O’Brien, the Greenwood brothers and Selway all have a much larger sound on all the tracks, all of them working together in a greatly enjoyable way. The great lyrics that we now expect of Thom Yorke have already begun to show and the album as a whole is huge but alone many of the tracks struggle to stand out with ‘Creep’, ‘Thinking About You’, ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Vegetable’ being the strongest.


Pretty Hate Machine
Pretty Hate Machine
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Price: £7.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Descriptive Album, 8 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Pretty Hate Machine (Audio CD)
If you're looking for fast, heavily distorted guitars with a vocalist spitting out his anger at you then you haven't found it. What you have found is something far greater, an epic lost in the modern day haven where industrial is a label given to bands such as Static-X, Pitchshifter and Rammstein. All good in their own right (i am a fan of all 3) but most of their audience would not give enough attention to this album as it is not a fast paced active onslaught of angst.
What Pretty Hate Machine is an Epic, a collection of anthems, well written and powerful. It is an album that will reach out and grab ur soul and pull it right out from its protected human shell to convey to you pain and suffering reaching a climax, arguably but in my opinion, on "Something I Can Never Have" where if u just sit in silence and listen and allow the simple repetitive yet emotive melody take you away as it through cresendo and diminuendo support Reznor's vocals which if allowed will strike now not the soul but piercing straight to your heart till it turns black like we can only assume his own tortured dark one is.
Reznor pulls off this album with a whole lot of himself put into its creation making it a dark, tortured, confused album that is still his best work. I listen to various musical styles and bands and so it is hard to keep on my playlist but this album stands out amongst my other greats (radiohead, QOTSA, Pixies, Hendrix, KoRn, Machine Head, Op Ivy, Finch...) but it is an absolute must have by any reckoning.
Many of you may just believe that whatever we say is byist opinion but chance is uve already heard them liked them and forgotten them. If you have seen the crow and loved the atmosphere of the film it is an absolute certainty you will love this album.


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