following ok computer, this short compilation of mere B-Sides (except, of course, Airbag itself) served to prove that which hardly needed proving: radiohead were in a world of their own, far ahead of their peers... its songs like "Pearly" and "Polyethelene" that reinforce that cool 21stCentury Pink-Floyd vibe, with the added twist that only radiohead can produce. Thom's vocals are heart-stopping - constantly to the fore and teasing your emotions - meanwhile, the guitars enjoy (suffer?) the studio effects mangling that made ok computer so unique. "Meeting in the Aisle" is a standout, as a sleepy, dreamy groove with sampled beats, it's the 'head's first instrumental, and a direct indication of where they were aiming to go with kid a. But "Palo Alto" is the final track, in which Thom sings "I'm ok, how are you? Thanks for asking, thanks for asking..." in a typically cynical and sardonic comment on modern communication. The spiky guitars and warped sound effects, coupled with some 'real' guitar playing by Jonny Greenwood (before he got to grips with the Martenot, and shunned all use of the guitar) completes the Ok Computer chapter. A stunning piece of work. Buy it. Play it, leave it on repeat and think back to 1997...
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