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In a League of it's own.,
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
Quite simply brilliant, one of the best genuine rock albums ever recorded to date, whether or not it is as good as OK Computer is another matter entirely, and one that would take up too much space to debate here. Where OK Computer for me is also excellent, it is certainly not for everyone, not even everyone who is a fan of the general progressive rock genre, The Bends should appeal to all. This is radiohead at their most mainstream best, there are no tracks that can be labelled as weak on the entire record.
Its not only the quality of the songs, but the way they fit together on the album to compliment each other that makes it the high quality masterpiece that it is. Planet Telex opens the album in a way that just wouldn't have the same effect were it any other of the songs on the album, similar can be said of the way it closes with street spirit (fade out). Certainly the stand out tracks like fake plastic tree's, just, high and dry and my iron lung perhaps give the album the superstar status it is worthy of, but one should not underestimate the importance of tracks like bullet proof and nice dream as it is these that gel the album together and make it what it is.
This is an album that can capture any mood of any individual, whether it be happy or sad, positive or negative, the sheer power of these pieces of music should be enough to inspire anyone to rise up from their seats. For genuine rock music, there is no album in existence that tops this for me.
For someone trying to get into Radiohead and generally not experienced with their work I would recommend this is where you start, it is easily the most accessible of their albums and the perfect place to launch yourself into any of their other more diverse works such as Kid A, Amnesiac and OK Computer.
As I have previously said whether or not this is their best album is another matter entirely, what this is, is one of the finest albums of any genre to ever be produced, and would easily grace my top ten albums of all time, highly recommended.