Radiohead
OK Computer


5.0
classic

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Through each creeping rise and fall of OK Computer, you come to realize just how much music can mean to you.

First impressions have always been a difficult thing for me when it comes to music. Sometimes I'm immediately hooked, sometimes I'm skeptical, and sometimes I completely hate it. I'll admit, this is the first time I've listened to Radiohead, and they made a great first impression. "OK Computer" is Radiohead's third studio album, and their most successful and critically acclaimed. So obviously when I sat down to listen to the record, I had high hopes; however hard I tried to keep my head above the hype. How could I not be excited to hear one of the so called best albums of 1997? Disappointment was nowhere to be found in it.

Upon first listening of the second track, "Paranoid Android", I noticed how unique this band's sound was. It's incredible how every little sound adds to the overall feel of the song, giving it depth and atmosphere. The lyrics really give you something to think about (Which I love), compelling you to scrutinize them; pick out what it might really mean. The mysterious lyrical trend is consistent throughout the record, which I believe is one of the standout successes of it.

"Ambition makes you look pretty ugly/Kicking, squealing, Gucci little piggy"

Perhaps one of the eeriest songs I've heard in a long time, "Fitter Happier", may catch you off-guard with a robot voice (The same voice that can be heard in the background in Paranoid Android) spewing the thoughts of a man stuck in a formulaic life. Though it is simply a robotic voice speaking, it feels like you can hear the desperate cries of the man. It's truly something to admire when words, spoken through what sounds like the default voice of a Mac, can make you feel uneasy. From the end of that track we're transitioned into a harder rocking song compared to the previous. "Electioneering" presents a perfect satire of modern politicians, presenting the sometimes savage nature of elections.

"I will stop, I will stop at nothing/Say the right things when electioneering/I trust I can rely on your vote"

"No Surprises" comes in as another one of the eerie, yet beautiful songs that this record is mostly composed of. Thom Yorke's voice in this song adds just the right tinge of emotion to make it really stick. It's a tale about a man desperate to live a quiet life, through means of suicide. This could very well be considered the best song on the album. The way Yorke can make a song about suicide sound almost comforting is remarkable.

"I'll take the quiet life/A handshake of carbon monoxide"

Among the unnerving songs there are also a few sprinkles of uplifting attitudes. The first track of the record, "Airbag", tells the story of a man reinvigorated with life after surviving a car crash. This song can really pump you up with Yorke wailing lines like, "In an interstellar burst/I am back to save the universe". I mean, how can you not feel invincible when you're singing that in the shower? The eleventh track, "Lucky", is a slower song, but still has lyrics set to inspire. A man feels saved by his love, like she pulled him from his deathbed. Though the tempo is slow and the vocals sounding almost desperate; the way this song portrays the man's optimism is beautiful.

"I don't have time for him/It's gonna be a glorious day/I feel my luck could change"

Through 12 tracks of music, only one falling under the 3 minute mark, you'll find that the brilliant writing of one man can really engage you as a listener. Yorke's lyrical and vocal style was a new experience for me, and at first I wasn't sure if I'd like it. After sitting and listening -- Really listening -- I found this album to be exceptional in the way it conveys the story of each song in a cryptic and elegant manner. The lyrics are obviously the high point of this record, if I didn't stress it enough. For my first Radiohead experience, I don't think they could have made a better first impression and I'm excited to hear more of their work. Definitely check this one out.



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HugCrewLoveRoll
March 3rd 2010


612 Comments


This did not need another review.

Slum
March 3rd 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It was already written so I figured I may as well post it somewhere where it could be read.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


16783 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

write reviews for whatever you want, it doesn't matter.

i've always loved this album, but i've been listening to this more than ever lately. i'd give it a slight edge over kid a as the best radiohead album

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

JWT155
March 3rd 2010


9314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fuck the people who say their are too many reviews. Really liked the review and your use of quotes man. Awesome album.

shindip
March 3rd 2010


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good review. album is obviously awesome

porch
March 3rd 2010


8460 Comments


'How could I not be excited to hear one of the so called best albums of 1997?'

More like one of the so called best albums of all time


LegendofPittman
March 3rd 2010


2958 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a very nice review. A bit sporadic with the explanation of the songs, but well written.

Eclectic
March 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the review, and the album as well.

Currently "No Surprises" is my favourite track, there have been points when I've almost cried when listening to it.

AnotherBrick1
March 4th 2010


712 Comments


pretty good review, let down is by far my favorite track by radiohead. and yes, fuck anyone who says this album doesnt need another review.

Asiatic667
March 4th 2010


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record

coneren
March 4th 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I like "In Rainbows" more

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7026 Comments


yeah cause we needed another 5/5 review for this

BigHans
March 4th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review. Let Down and SH Alien rule this record.

jimmyisjonny
March 4th 2010


207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album owns

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


28770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

urgh

Eclectic
March 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^please explain

SmurkinGherkin
March 4th 2010


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

academy you piece of poo



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