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Hail to the Thief
This has always sounded to me like Radiohead trying to find their feet again. They had just completed three amazing, very different albums - the straightforward alt-rock of The Bends, the progressive balladry of Ok Computer, and the atmospheric Kid A - and they were trying to figure out where to go next. Hail to the Thief is terrific, but it suffers from its length and a lack of focus.
While it doesn't sound as complete now as the following two albums, I still love the energy of The Bends. It is the sound of an amazing band come into the world, getting past their lackluster first record. It's the most straightforward alt-rock Radiohead ever recorded, and it is one of the best in that genre.
After destroying my Ok Computer CD by playing it so many times, Kid A baffled me. This wasn't Radiohead. But it quickly seeped into me, and has never left. This record is so complete in its sound that it could almost be seen as only one track. It was hard to imagine Radiohead surpassing the ambition of Ok Computer, but they did it hear. Nothing sounded like it before, and nothing ever will again.
An album that defined my teenage years. One of the most ambitious records I've ever heard. Radiohead took '90s alt-rock and took it further than it seemed anyone could. Just a beautiful album that gets better over hundreds of listens.
Maybe their best album. It sounds unusually relaxed for a Radiohead album, easily flowing between their old guitar rock sounds and their recent electronic direction. Feels like a more focused and happier version of Hail to the Thief.
The King of Limbs
This was at first a disappointment, especially after In Rainbows. But it has grown on me over time. It is a short album, and somewhat small in it's ambition, but in the end it is a fantastic collection of songs. Lotus Flower may well be one of my all time Radiohead favourites.
The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium
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