Although having owned this album for 6 years I thought I should give it the praise it so desperatly deserves. No other album has the power to throw the listener through such a series of moods and emotions. It's highly evocative and inspirational and creates an ambience that only Radiohead could. The journey takes you through such beautiful and melodic songs as (Nice Dream), High and Dry, Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was, Street Spirit (Fade Out)and of course the wonderful Fake Plastic Trees. However, this album has other tricks up it's sleeve including heavier rock songs like Just, The Bends,My Iron Lung and Planet Telex to mention a few tunes that instantly enthuse the listener to the piont of nirvana (no musical pun intented). Matched only with the possiblity of OK Computer (depending on your opinion), The Bends is an album which should be on every shelf and in every CD player in the entire English speaking world and beyond. If you do not own it; shame on you. You are missing out on the musical expierence of your life. This IS one of the greatest albums ever and it will influence you in ways you never thought music could! But don't take my word for it, buy it yourself; then turn down the lights, sit back, put your feet up, enjoy and listen to over and over again.