Radiohead

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Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1993-2011 Rock
2016 Independent
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English/British Minimalistic Prog Post Rock/Electronic
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34 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, two users rate it lower. 18 users think it is prog, five users think it is merely related to prog and one user thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 101 studio tracks by Radiohead.
Track durations range from 1m 15s to 6m 59s, averaging at 4m 16s with a standard deviation of 1m 01s.
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Comment by ElectroVolta 10 years ago
Radiohead - OK Computer 1997
9.7
Prog-Related Rock
The 'Dark Side of the Moon' of the 90's. Everyone, and your grandmother, owns this album. It holds up even today, as extremely modern and foreward thinking. a 21st century masterpiece made at the end of the 20th century.
Review by Mike 11 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - In Rainbows 2007
8.8
Minimalistic Experimental Prog Post Rock/Independent
I'm writing this review as I listen to the album on my record
player ... the vinyl edition is amazing, even topping the
limited edition of Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet.
Interestingly the vinyls are 45 rpm (and 180gr which goes
without saying) which is usually only found in audiophile
circles. Musically the album is quite strong, with a definitive
move towards Post Rock. Overall its quite dark and moody, but
also harmonically diverse and an eclectic range of rhythms,
sounds etc..
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - Pablo Honey 1993
8.4
Rock
The alternating bars of 12/8 and 11/8 that drive "Pablo Honey's" opening track, "You," should have given some indication to the masses that Radiohead would not be forever content to dwell in indie rock's lo-fi world. Though a solid debut effort, "Pablo Honey" gives little indication that Radiohead would go on to influence an entire generation of bands (Coldplay, Travis, Doves, Keane, et al).

"Pablo Honey" is most famous for the hit single "Creep," a simple post-grunge pop song completely atypical of the Oxford quintet's style. In fact, the song was never originally intended for the album. As the story goes, Thom Yorke had written it years before and was strumming it in the studio, when a passing record exec heard it and insisted on including it on the record. The rest is history, as they say. Though "Creep" ranks among Radiohead's least distinctive songs, it did put them on the music world's map, for which we should be eternally ... -> show full review
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief 2003
9.1
Prog-Related Rock
Since "OK Computer", Radiohead spent several years fiddling with their Powerbooks and producing some of the best innovative music of these times with "Kid A" and "Amnesiac". But these albums were full of restless experimentation, and never stood still. With "Hail to the Thief" we get a sense that they've finally arrived where they wanted to be - with a sound that they're confident with. The itchy, bubbling layers of contemporary electronics are now a vital part of their music, while their more conventional chiming guitars and pianos are given equal importance here. But it's still innovative, and highly satisfying, even if it does take several listens to get under its skin.

"2+2=5" is a great opener, bursting out in the middle with an unrestrained punkish thrash. "Sit Down, Stand Up" is built on hypnotic layers of metallic sounds which crescendo up to a brilliant climax. Thom Yorke gives fans of his melancholy crooning exactly what they want with "Sail to the Moon" - an almost operatic aria with some wonderful harmonies. Another stand-out track is "Where I End And You Begin" - with some rich multi-layered drumming and a screeching electronic backdrop.

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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - Amnesiac 2001
9.4
Experimental Prog-Related Rock
This surprised everyone coming only half a year after "Kid A", but it's a collection of leftover material from the same sessions. As such it doesn't hold together nearly as well. Even though it's not a "proper" album, it's a valuable insight into this band's period of huge creativity, and between the fluff it has its share of fine moments.

The itchy electronica, and relentless experimentation, which had replaced their guitar rock, is still the driving force. The clanking metallic noises of "Packt Like Sardines" firmly establish this mood. The most effective use of electronics here is on "Like Spinning Plates", where the wobbly backwards noises actually evoke the title. The taunting of "You And Whose Army" is enhanced with humming backing vocals. Along with the muffled strings on tracks like "Dollars And Cents" these effects help to create an old-fashioned vinyl feel. But "How to Disappear Completely" and "Motion Picture Soundtrack" were much better showcases for this style.

"Pulk Pull.." is a merely B-side quality techno instrumental (think "Fitter Happier" as a ... -> show full review
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - The Bends 1995
9.1
Rock
What is to say about this album that hasn't been said already? After the mostly-ordinary "Pablo Honey", Radiohead released this, often considered the pinnacle of 90's "alternative" rock (OK Computer was prog rock!). I do like The Bends lots, but find their later experimental stuff more interesting. Some of the tracks here are still in the straightforward grungy guitar style ("Bones", "Just", "Sulk"), but decent stuff anyway. The "Radiohead style" was finally defined by songs like "Bullet Proof...", "High and Dry", "Nice Dream", laid back, semi-acoustic, earnestly floaty singing. Spawned a few imitators, but the sound is strong and hasn't dated. Two tracks in particular - "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Street Spirit" have the kind of simple beauty that elevated them to iconic status, and foreshadow what was to come. They could only get better...
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - OK Computer 1997
9.4
Prog-Related Rock
Another one I don't have anything to say about that hasn't been said before. How on earth is it possible to fit so many flawlessly good songs on one album? Pink Floyd did it two decades previously with "Dark Side of the Moon", and this is often called the 90's equivalent. For example it seems like they hit on two classic anthemic endings with "Lucky" and "The Tourist", and couldn't decide which one to include, so settled on both. It's pure prog rock - an ornate production with crystally guitar arpeggios, floaty keyboard pings, snatches of sound effects. And there's Thom Yorke's fluidly smooth tenor and the urban-alienation lyrics, which verge towards too knowingly cool (especially the fridge-poetry style bit-track "Fitter Happier"). To excuse them, although lyrics about the corporate soulnessness of these times might now seem hackneyed, it's a good thing that the definitive statement of this era is an album with such outstanding music. I'll give the blow-by-blow account a miss, because if you've never heard it before, why haven't you? They hit on a timelessly good sound, and I lapped it up, along with millions of other people.
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - Kid A 2000
9.5
Experimental Prog-Related Rock
After Pink Floyd made "Dark Side of the Moon", they became gradually more cynical and bloated, before eventually imploding under the weight of Roger Waters' ego. What a blessing, therefore, that Radiohead didn't go the same way after the revered "OK Computer". Instead they went back to basics, shrugged off history and the expectations placed on them, and began to approach music-making from a completely new angle. The first of the two albums resulting from these sessions was "Kid A", which had the far superior material.

"Everything In Its Right Place" was a firm slap in the face to make it clear to everyone that they were back, and going to damn well write songs the way they liked. No guitars. A stately techno refrain, a mangled burbling of backing vocals, and Thom Yorke's insistent sneering about sucking a lemon. The title track takes us even further away from floppy-haired indie rock, with some Aphex-like ambient techno and a vocal line distorted into oblivion. "National Anthem" is a daring composition, with an ever-present bass riff which is gradually swamped underneath a chaotic jumble of jazz horns.

Their familiar symphonic rock melancholy is back under a shimmering new guise - "How To Disappear Completely". As Yorke ... -> show full review
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - OK Computer 1997
8.7
Eclectic Prog Post Rock
I like Radiohead best when they find a good balance between
catchy tunes, odd/quirky bits and brilliant political/social
lyrics. So on this album I prefer the songs that they also
published as singles, plus the more melodic ones. The
dissonant, noisy songs on this album are good, but not
brilliant - other bands do a better job at that kind if music.
Still those songs are very worth listening to, and after all
they provide a good contrast to the melodic ones.
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OK Computer 1997
 #1

9.0 x28
English/British Eclectic Prog Post Rock
Kid A 2000
 #2

8.6 x15
English/British Ambient Experimental Prog Post Rock/Electronic
The Bends 1995
 #3

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English/British Prog-Related Rock
In Rainbows 2007
 #4

8.5 x12
English/British Atmospheric Prog-Related Post Rock/Independent
Amnesiac 2001
 #5

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English/British Minimalistic Experimental Prog-Related Post Rock/Independent
Hail to the Thief 2003
 #6

8.1 x9
English/British Poetic Prog-Related Post Rock/Electronic
Pablo Honey 1993
 #7

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English/British Eclectic Non-Prog Post Rock
A Moon Shaped Pool 2016
 #8

8.1 x5
English/British Experimental Prog Independent/Rock
The King of Limbs 2011
 #9

6.0 x4
English/British Minimalistic Experimental Prog-Related Rock/Electronic
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