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on 26 September 2000
This is one of the most haunting melodies of te mid-nineties. Its beautiful blend of guitar and keyboard is evocative of such other tracks by Radiohead like How to Disapear and True Love Waits. I like it not olnly for its well structured chords and delicate vocals but also for its meaningful lyrics that most can relate to. It is a worthy ambassador for the album "The Bends". Their latest offering "Kid A" is in a similar style to this and is also worth checking out. All in all a wonderful song.
Andy.
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on 15 May 2005
Most singles are usually only good for the b-sides. In this case, whilst the a-side track is one of the best songs off The Bends, the b-sides are where this single shines. There are 3 tracks excluding the original studio track: live, acoustic recordings of Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit and Bulletproof I Wish I Was.
These 3 songs are widely taken as being 3 of the best tracks off The Bends, with Street Spirit being the track which gave Radiohead their real break in the UK. And these live acoustic versions are better, or at the very least on a par with their studio recordings. There are little niggles in Yorke's playing on the tracks, the kind of things that make live tracks truly unique and individual from what you hear on the album, but vocally and musically they're just as impressive as the studio versions. Particularly with Street Spirit, which excels as an acoustic track, adding an extra ingredient to the song which really works well.
This is certainly a single worth owning.
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on 2 February 2005
Every time i hear this song it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Truly awesome, and almost brings a tear to my eye it is so good.
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on 8 December 2003
to say that this is the greatest song Radiohead have done says it all. you really feel the passion and emotion from this song, something that is rare in todays platic pop market, and which makes you remember why you loved music in the first place.
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on 15 October 2000
This song is a work of art! beginning with fairly quiet acoustic guitar and finishing with a brilliant crescendo, but never losing the immense emotion in the mixture. A must for anyone who has feelings.
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on 19 February 2006
A great song, off an even greater album. 'Fake Plastic Trees' is a quintessential example of an artist at their prime.
The song itself is a mellow and sad tale of falseness in love and life. 'Fake PLastic Trees' is an acoustic track, with slow drums, and drunken organ, intertwining to create a harrowing atmosphere in which Thomm York tugs on our heartstrings with his soaring and effortlessly emotional falsetto voice. The lyrics of the song are poetry - 'She lives with a broken man/ A cracked polystyrene man/ Who just crumbles and burns.' All the lyrics here are heartwrenching and serve their purpose. No syllable is left with impacting on the overall mood of the song.
Maybe what brings most emotion to the track is the powerful, understated and fragile way in which Thomm sings it. When listening to Thomm recount memories of his 'fake plastic love' we can't help but feel for him.
Overall, a great acheivment. One of the definitive acoustic tracks from the 90s.
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on 26 August 2002
This is truly one of Radioheads greatest songs and for a band of their standard that is quite a claim. Wonderful mixture of accoustic and electric guitars and some of the greatest vocals of all time. Plus you get some acoustics of some of the other wonderful songs on 'The Bends'. 4 quid for four great tracks is a bargain and a must for any real fan.
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on 20 November 2010
Something I would like to point out: no-one seems to have mentioned the CD1 B-sides India Rubber & How Can You Be Sure?. Those are really good songs. CD1 is my personal preference here as all the live acoustic songs on CD2 are on the bends.
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on 4 February 2015
Brilliant playing quality, brand new and literally no warps, 100% would-use-again dealers.
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