Radiohead
OK Computer


4.5
superb

Review

by lz41 USER (33 Reviews)
February 24th, 2012 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


An intellectually fascinating, musically claustrophobic, near-masterpiece. From the severed-nerve jangle guitar turns of 'Paranoid Android' to the cynically absorbing 'Fitter Happier', "OK Computer" is a triumph of the career of one of the great 1990s alternative rock groups.

Relentlessly thought provoking, eerie and evocative, "OK Computer" opens with the droning guitar of 'Airbag', a warm-up to one of the greatest Radiohead songs: the six and a half minute 'Paranoid Android', which is, separately and all at once, vampiric, cynical, coldly angry, haunting and hypnotic. The highlights are Thom Yorke's yearning howl of "What's thaaaaaaat?" and the line 'Ambition makes you look pretty ugly/Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy.' The violent mind flips of the instrumentals make each second memorable.

The comparisons of "OK Computer" to "The Dark Side Of The Moon'' are legitimised with the mothership calls and drowned spacey feel of 'Subterranean Homesick Alien''.
The dark, cold ''Exit Music (For A Film)'', written for Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' shows, if nothing else, Radiohead's influence on later Brit alt rock. The mood and structure of those opening guitar chords have been imitated well into the 21st century, particularly on Coldplay's 2000 album ''Parachutes''.
The mysterious "Karma Police", another hit for Radiohead, is a highlight with the sprawling piano and guitar and complex, open-for-interpretation lyrics.

The robotic, cynical 'Fitter Happier', about how you'll turn into "a pig/in a cage/on antibiotics" if you try to follow the expectations that everyone has of you, is, although the simplest song on the album, an extremely accessible piece.

The slight dip after 'Fitter Happier'-'Electioneering' sounds somewhat like a preachy rant and doesn't fit the mood of the album and 'The Tourist' drags on for a minute longer than it should-costs the album a perfect mark. However, the terrifying, prisoner-of-war-torture-chamber echo of 'Climbing Up The Walls' and the lullaby guitar chime of 'No Surprises' and 'Lucky' ensure that "OK Computer" is an amazing album, and arguably the finest mood piece of the 90s.



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KILL
February 23rd 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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tarkus
February 23rd 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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IMZA1793
February 23rd 2012


843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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NeutralThunder12
February 23rd 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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patrickfannon
February 23rd 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just listened to this today. m/

coneren
February 23rd 2012


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good

37er00
February 23rd 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

quite good

IMZA1793
February 23rd 2012


843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

where have you been for the last decade

patrickfannon
February 23rd 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not for the first time, guy. I mean, I just happened to listen to it today and this review just happened to be posted today. I'm on a roll.

patrickfannon
February 23rd 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, for the record, I tried to keep the "m/" train going, but Sputnik informed that my Comment Too Short.

coneren
February 23rd 2012


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just hit the space bar

tarkus
February 23rd 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that's why you put a space, spaces count so you can just put three spaces and make a blank comment

37er00
February 23rd 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5






ye

IMZA1793
February 23rd 2012


843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

m/

Pillow123
February 23rd 2012


58 Comments


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Parallels
February 23rd 2012


6643 Comments


hahaha totally screencapped those m/'s at the top.

coneren
February 23rd 2012


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wilson!

37er00
February 23rd 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you sure screencap stupid shit



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