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Fitter, Happier, Going To See Radiohead

Today's the day. I'm 28 and old now, barely go to as many shows as I used to, but today's a real treat because Radiohead is back in my hometown for the first time since 1997. Rather than being a ranking of best to worst, this list is just a ranking of which Radiohead albums I've connected with the most over the years and spent the most time in high school and college connecting with.
In Rainbows

It was 2007, in today's day and age simply downloading an album or streaming it on release day Friday is no big deal, but when I was a Senior in high School I still had to regularly go to the local record store or Best Buy to pick up new music. And unless I wanted to contract computer aids to my desktop computer through using limewire or torrenting a terrible quality rip on the pirate bay, my only options for listening to new music was my local library, sharing cds with friends or scouring myspace for songs artists loaded themselves. It was a desolate time for music listening....

And then Radiohead broke the mold. Releasing this straight onto the internet for a "Pay what you want" strategy, In Rainbows straight up revolutionized how music as a medium could be released, how people desired a digital copy on release and how going to a store to buy a physical copy may soon be the way of the past. Also, this record is Radiohead at their most balanced in their entire career, fantastic album
OK Computer

Before In Rainbows, this was the first Radiohead record I really sunk my teeth in. Growing up listening to Alt-Radio, Creep was always plastered everywhere, but not until I really started reading music magazines and online publications/blogs/forums in the early to mid 00's did I really even understand how Radiohead were revered in the music community.

I remember picking this up from my local library and putting it into my walkman and being entranced. The music was accessible for someone my age, but it was different, it had an alien sound to it, yet it sounded conformed enough to not be completely foreign. This was the first record that really cut my teeth into loving Radiohead and would lead to thousands upon thousands of scrobbles recorded on last.fm
Kid A

And here is one of the first records that young me simply disliked, and with time and age oh boy could I not have been more wrong. I guess when you grow up listening to the same alt-rock stations and staple songs of the 90's a record like this disappoints. But like fine wine, more exposure to other forms of music, and a more mature view of music and artistry this has aged like fine wine, a record of near perfection that has left a monumental impact on modern music and showing a band who could have kept on doing the same thing after OK Computer and been a magnificent success, but that wasn't what they wanted.
The Bends

The record I listened to along with OK Computer when I first got into Radiohead. I still adore the naivety of the band, how the interesting riffs and ideas can start to be seen, and how overall this is a really solid record from a band that had a lot more in store. Also, Fake Plastic Trees, nuff said.

After diving into Kid A again and finally appreciating and even adoring it, I jumped straight into this and the Radiohead binge continued. certainly not on the level of Kid A, but damn is it close. The tone and vibes from this still give me chills and I think this has some of the band's most experimental ideas.
The King of Limbs

I was deep into college and well into my Sputnik career when this finally dropped. Didn't live up to my expectations, but I still very much enjoyed it, the Basement Tapes made me enjoy this even more.
A Moon Shaped Pool

Loved this when it came out, but sadly with how busy I am I haven't been able to give this the love I think it deserves just yet. I think with steady rotation it can become one of my favorite Radiohead records, just the nostalgia and years spent with the earlier releases will be hard to overshadow.
Hail to the Thief

A fun record but honestly one I haven't given much love over the years. When listening to this it makes me want to listen to a different Radiohead record.
Pablo Honey

Welp, I guess everyone's debut can't be amazing. I stream this every so often and end up skipping to a handful of songs and ignoring the rest. Still interesting to see how far the bands come over the years.
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