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OK Computer

Radiohead

1997

OK Computer

Album Summary

OK Computer is the third studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released in Japan on 21 May 1997 and in the UK on 16 June 1997. Radiohead self-produced the album with Nigel Godrich, an arrangement they have used for their subsequent albums. Radiohead recorded most of OK Computer in their rehearsal space in Oxfordshire and the historic mansion of St Catherine's Court in Bath in 1996 and early 1997. The band distanced themselves from the guitar-centred, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer's abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's later, more experimental work. The album's lyrics depict a world fraught with rampant consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer has been said to have prescient insight into the mood of 21st-century life. The band used unconventional production techniques, including natural reverberation through recording on a staircase, and no audio separation. Strings were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Guitarist Ed O'Brien estimated that 80 per cent of the album was recorded live. Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, Radiohead's highest album entry on the US charts at the time, and was soon certified 5× platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. The songs "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", "Lucky" and "No Surprises" were released as singles. The album expanded Radiohead's international popularity and has sold at least 7.8 million units worldwide. A remastered version with additional tracks, OKNOTOK 1997 2017, was released in 2017, marking the album's twentieth anniversary. In 2019, in response to an internet leak, Radiohead released MiniDiscs [Hacked], comprising hours of demos, rehearsals, live performances and other material. OK Computer received critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners, critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best British Album at the 1998 Brit Awards. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock away from Britpop toward melancholic, atmospheric alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade. In 2014, it was included by the United States Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Rating

4.12

Votes

5652

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Most overrated album of all time

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Claustrophobic, paranoid, oblique and dystopian, a big fuck you to Britpop. In 1997 this sounded like the future to my tiny little 13 year old mind. I always was a pretentious little git.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

It was not easy following up the guitar-centered, abstract, emotional, and cryptic masterpiece "The Bends", which was in its own right a level above the more repetitive grunge sound on what is widely considered to be Radiohead's worst record, "Pablo Honey". In my opinion, OK Computer is the album that has aged the best from any piece of music published in the 90's. The lyrics are extremely relevant, Thom Yorke's tenor is iconic, and it touches upon themes of media-obsession, paranoia and dystopian technology in a beautifully coherent way. I believe that when it was released it set a new gold standard for progressive/art rock that has only been met by a very select few projects these 2 decades. Overall score a perfect 5/5.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
1

Bin

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

This would be my soundtrack if I decided to ever slit my wrists. So whiny. Was listening on a bright beautiful day riding in Monterey and it really bummed me out. Billie Eilishesque

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

OK Computer is one of those rare albums that actually deserves the praise lavished on it. Where to even start? How about the astonishingly layered arrangement of Airbag, the opening tune? Yes, it's guitar based, but there's snatches of electronica, electronic percussion alongside live drums, a cello, and I could go on and on. You could listen to this track a dozen times and hear something new every time. Compositionally, these songs are as strong as they get, which explains why they've been covered by the likes of Brad Melhdau. Take Paranoid Android, a multipart suite with odd meter changes, but which nonetheless rocks like a mother. And unlike many other bands, Radiohead doesn't get any less interesting when they slow down and do a ballad like the gorgeous No Surprises. On OK Computer, Radiohead makes most bands sound like hacks or toddlers, and that goes for most of the bands that have followed in their footsteps. If I had been in a rock band at the time, it probably would have made me throw up my hands in despair. An easy 5 out of 5.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

For et album! Føler at dette er 90-tallets svar på Dark Side of the Moon. Hver eneste sang er en banger og glir godt over i den neste. Beste sanger: Subterranean Homesick Alien, Exit Music og No Surprises.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
5

I had listened to The Bends twice beforehand to really understand the transition, and damn there is such a huge gap. I listened to OK Computer three times yesterday. First was blind run, and immediately I noticed the differences, but I wasn't able to pick out the songs apart from some really cool parts. I also couldn't understand most of the lyrics. Second listen I followed the lyrics and music videos, reading what people thought of each song. Third was taking all this into account, now that I could anticipate each song. And yeah it was worth it, because this song has to be one of the most interesting albums I had ever listened to. I could relisten to it again and again and not get tired of it, which I definitely couldn't say about The Bends. After all this careful consideration, I completely agree with the critics, this is by far one of the best albums I had ever listened to and probably will ever listen to in my life. The more I listen, the more I appreciate each song. Each song is carefully crafted and relies on heavy ingenuity and inspiration from what legends such as the Brian Wilson, REM, and the Pixies had done in prior decades to take rock 10 steps further. The imagery was necessary for me to understand the themes and subject of these songs, due to their abstract lyrics and atmospheric sound. There is something to be said about every song. "Airbag" was a perfect start to set the expectations for the album, and the distortion of the drums and bass at the end made me realize this was an album of carefully crafted experimentation. "Paranoid Android" is an absolute masterpiece, and balls of Radiohead to make the 6.5 minute song their lead single. "Subterranean Homesick Alien" was the song that struck out to me the most my first listen due to the aquatic noises and easy-to-follow story about envisioning a flight with aliens. Certainly one of the most atmospheric songs. I could go on, but that won't be necessary. "Karma Police" and "No Surprises" are my other two favorites. This album comes at a time when they outcompeted a crowd of spectators, inspiring many of those spectators to stand up and model their work after Radiohead.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

It is impressive how Thom Yorke managed to out-depress the entirety of grunge. Honestly, I didn't even like this album much the first time I listened to it. Strange, despite it being a perfect mix of things I like: alternative rock veneer over progressive/artsy songwriting, disaffected lyrics, and dripping with pretentiousness. I came back to it after a few months and it completely clicked for me, and now I think it is an essential album to its core.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
2

Aren't there more Bob Dylan albums you could have put here?

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Wed May 11 2022
2

In which the jangly tunings and wool-gathering lyricism of 90s indie are retrofitted to the studio gimcrackery and stadium heroics of U2 and injected with turn-of-the-century received fatalism. Is it commercially calculated? No doubt. Does it also aspire to art rock? Just as little doubt. Are the two compatible? You betcha. Do they pull it off? Commercially: er, duh. But an art rock masterpiece? Hm. ‘Fitter Happier’ might be as high-concept as they get. In which case, answer’s no. The aesthetic's there, but it's all tell-don’t-show and heavy-handed emotional manipulation. That's pretty much my biggest problem with Radiohead. You’re given no other option but to feel down. I suppose I blame Thom Yorke, who has the emotional range of a mood ring. In a lot of ways, he’s the sandbag stopping this hot air balloon from taking off—or from taking off higher than it does. Because there’s no doubting that much of what’s here is dense, layered, and precise, screened by a veneer of uncertainty. There are thrash-outs, bass ‘n’ guitar counterpoints, clattering drums, seismic reverberations, and exceptionally difficult acoustic/electric combos. They rarely miss a cue to move a song to the next act, either. All of which leaves me feeling the same way I have about for the last decade. Amazing musicians, big ideas, lame lyrics, lousy singer. Where's the lift? Why are they ina constant state of deflation? Why do so many people get a kick out of lethargy?

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

You're very brave to be recommending this album to me, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die; Did you know that? I suppose you have to list the obvious albums, but little did I know we'd be here. For the uninitiated, almost everything we owe alternative rock in the 21st century can be traced back to this album along with a good chunk of Radiohead's discography as a whole. They are simply too important not to have on this list. It's so glaringly unlike anything else before it, with it's songwriting and production and little flairs that make it memorable. The pacing is perfect, making for an effortless listen. It is Radiohead's magnum opus, and they've still got a few albums in the pipe that come really close. I find it hard to talk about individual songs because it's all so great, but I'll attempt: Paranoid Android is this fantastic piece of art rock with multiple movements to tell a larger story and give us a truly wired experience for the rest of the album. Karma Police is the climatic down-beat song right before the interlude that gets us a little moody. See what I meant about pacing earlier? This is followed by a back half that goes through a different set of experiences and it ends on such a wonderful strong note. Yeah, this album is good :)

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

I was watching a BBC4 documentary about duck rustling in the 13th century at the weekend and it blew my mind. This album has a similar effect. The unreachable ambition shown by both Radiohead is reminiscent of the infamous duck rustlers and really comes to the fore on 'Fitter Happier'. A loveable, adventurous romp, with charming pond dwelling creatures. I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

First 2 songs are super cool. I love the distorted drums and bass in Airbag. Rest of the album was very interesting and even in the slower, more depressing songs I could always enjoy something about it. Quite a neat spacey style.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Classic after classic on this album, and enough b-sides and bonus tracks to make another great album. The albums themes are still incredibly relevant today, which is a shame, but works in its favour.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Meh. Too whiney for my taste.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

What can I say about this that has not been said before. I prefer Kid A and In Rainbows more than this that does not meanrhis one is not perfect

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Tue Dec 01 2020
5

Great Computer

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Thu Oct 22 2020
5

Really good, one of the greatest of all time

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

One of my all time favourite albums. But IMHO In Rainbows is even better.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Had heard it before. It took a while to grow on me but now this is one of my favorite albums ever. Highly recommend anyone who hasn't heard it to try it out because if it ends up being for you, it will change your life and the way you see music.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Airbag offers a good bridge from The Bends to OK Computer, but is often over looked during album listens for me because it is just a hurdle before Paranoid Android. About half way with Karma Police Radio head start taking a bit of a left turn and start heading in their future direction, once they got over the musical hissy fit that was Kid A. Still one of my all time favourite albums, and always will be.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

A prophetic, innovative record that has stood the test of time 24 years later. The lyrics captures modern America's addiction to technology, consumerism, media consumption, and political scandals to a T. Between the bands variety of tones in their instruments, shocking reverb to barebones, the influx of strings, and the poignantly placed electro-techno samples, there is a ton of sounds to absorb from this record. This is bold, true Radiohead. You could listen to it 100 times and still discover something new, it never goes stale. It may be a little passé to hold this record in such high esteem on the internet, but it truly is one of the greatest to ever be made. I think it will only age better with time. Favorite Song: Paranoid Android Least Favorite: Climbing Up the Wall

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

The greatest album of the 90s. This album not only represented a huge leap forward for Radiohead, but a huge leap forward for popular music in general. OK Computer saw Radiohead incorporating electronic sounds and effects while talking about themes of alienation and the rise of technology. The songs are incredibly well crafted and show such intentionality that it's hard to believe that Radiohead would continue to evolve beyond this album. It's as close to a perfect album as you can get.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

You can take the whiteboy out of the Radiohead, but you can’t take the Radiohead out of the whiteboy

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

I'm going to say this is the most important album of the 90s. I honestly don't have the energy to articulate beyond this, but every song is a masterpiece of art-rock-pop. Either this or In Rainbows is my favorite album of all time. It's another great of example of an album made in reaction to the time and place that they existed and we're all still living in. Shoutout to Godrich's masterful engineering as well, the original 1997 release sounds so freakin' good to this day.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

I've listened to this album countless times. Unfortunately it's one of those albums that I associate very strongly with a past relationship which ended badly, so it's hard for me to separate it from those memories and that state of mind. Her name was fucking Sarah too. So when "Lucky" comes on it's kind of haunting. Because of all that I don't listen to this often, but when I do, I am still hypnotized by what initially drew me in: the richly detailed and textured atmosphere that perfectly balanced electronic and rock elements, experimentation with hooks, and, most impressively, the way they were able to capture the zeitgeist with both the beauty and sadness it requires to truly do so. I think a big part of this album's success was due to simply not overthinking it. Most of it was recorded live together as a group rather than separate takes, and producer Nigel Godrich didn't overwork the mixes. It strangely gives quite the opposite impression though. When I listen to this on headphones I could easily be convinced that they labored over each take Steely Dan style, and that Nigel Godrich held them all at gunpoint over some minor production choice. This record feels as alive and vital to me as it did when I first heard it, and I consider it their best work. It flows gracefully through all its twists and turns, ups and downs. Computer voice and all, it's a perfect album.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

OK Computer by Radiohead (1997) This record came out when I was at the peak of my flight from popular music, and I’m sorry I missed it (although I wouldn’t have swapped it for Wagner, Mahler, and/or Bruckner). OK Computer is really good on this, my first serious listen. The lyrics are full of frustration, alienation, and unsystematic, aimless social/political discontent, including lament and personal anger over the way things are at the end of the second millennium. My kind of themes. But they lack polish, craft, focus, and emotional depth. Lyricist/lead vocalist Thom Yorke struggles to deliver the very creative melodies with confidence (especially on “Exit Music [For a Film]”, but much better on the more conventional “No Surprises”). However, the music itself is phenomenally creative and appealing, experimenting as it does with structure and sound, yet still remaining connected to 20th century sensibilities, chiefly by keeping the rhythm section steady. Bassist Colin Greenwood and drummer Philip Selway provide solid if not flashy foundations, while keyboards, synth, guitars, and well-placed strings fill the ears with polychromatic sounds and just the right amount of discord. “Fitter Happier” is a lovely little mockery of the self help industry, with more than a few chuckle-inducing gems. The song “No Surprises” (somewhat surprisingly) resonates in at least two 66-year-old ears, but let’s not get too personal. The cover art is a superlative example of successfully pairing a visual mood with a sonic mood. The album loses energy toward the end. I’m not sure it was a good choice to finish with the words “Hey man, slow down, slow down; Idiot, slow down, slow down”. Makes me want to take a nap or go grab a beer. But the overall effect of OK Computer is high creativity and musical excellence. Radiohead. Yes. I look forward to hearing more of their stuff. The Bends, In Rainbows, and Kid A remain for me on the 1001 Albums list. Stay tuned. 4/5

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

I was 10 when this album came out. I have very vivid memories of seeing clips of the Karma Police music video on MTV, but OK Computer was not coming anywhere near my 6-CD changer boombox. This particular prompt gave me a bit of anxiety because I feel like I'm supposed to like Radiohead but I was nervous that I would not have my mind blown by this album. And truth is, I didn't. I really wanted to enjoy OK Computer, but it had an alt rock moodiness that's just really not for Kelseys. It was reminiscent of Tool or Muse - bands that I acknowledge are musically talented but aren't doing anything that I personally enjoy. I will confess that I have a very low attention span for lyrics and need to be grabbed sonically before I can get into any deeper meaning behind the music - especially when lyrics are caged in metaphor and/or not clearly enunciated. For that reason (in addition to the knowledge that this album means a lot to many people who's opinion I respect), I'd be willing to give it another shot and spend more time trying to understand what makes it truly great. But as of now, it's not going on repeat for me.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

Still not really there for me. This is a band I've long wanted to really get into. On paper, as it were, they seem like the kind of artists I'd love. Hasn't happened yet. This album clicked with me a little better than the other one that came up on my rotation in this album generator, but I honestly can't remember much, if anything, about that other one. There are some really interesting moments on this album. I actually might come back to it -- might come back to their other works, too -- and give some more concentrated listening time to them.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
2

I fucking hate radiohead. This isn't as bad as a couple of their other albums but it's still a 2/5.

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Tue May 17 2022
2

What's the big deal here? It's alright, reasonably listenable rock music. A singer who is by turns affecting and irritating, and some really crap production choices, are the standouts here. Decent drummer, too

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Tue May 11 2021

Karma police is aways good, fitter happier is weird and the rest is very radiohead

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Mon May 17 2021
5

1997: Paranoid Android, Karma Police, Exit Music (For a Film), No Surprises

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Thu Oct 08 2020
5

duh

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Mon Nov 02 2020
5

Enjoyed.

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Wed Dec 16 2020
5

probably good

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Fri Nov 27 2020
5

top album known well

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Masterpiece.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Really enjoyed this!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

One of the best ever...

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

So so so so good. Best of the year. Best of the decade?

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Oh dang. Truly one of my fav records of all time.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Awesome

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Dies ist eine sehr gute Platte einer sehr guten Band, die von mir auch bereits vorher schon vielmals gehört wurde.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

The best

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

The best Radiohead album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

One of the best albums of all time.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Not as good as ‘The Bends’, but pretty fucking amazing.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Legendary album. A top 100 easy in the 20th century.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

I didn't listen to it, but it's probably my favourite album of all time.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

9.2

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Great Album that some call The Greatest Album. fav track: let down

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

9/10 exit music for a film electioneering

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Still great. Probably their best album.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Aptly considered one of the best albums ever made.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

An absolute masterpiece of an album.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Chill vibes and strange tunes. A couple classics' a couple hidden gems.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

Forgot how great this album is!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great - would listen again

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Life changing album for me in high school. Absolutely incredible.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Greatest of all time, if music was a contest. Prescient and sharp almost 30 years later.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Big fan. Solid album. I bet we see RH again a few more times.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Another masterpiece. Right at the cusp before Radiohead got too electronic and weird

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

One of the best albums of all TIME!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

of course the best album

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

How could you give anything but a 5 for this classic. What a band and what an album!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

J’adore cet album, je lecoute en boucle. C’est vraiment une experience musical. 5*

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

i mean come on. sooooo good

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Ok Computer good, not as good as the bends.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

One of my favourite albums of all time. Radiohead is clearly on another level.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

This album sucks

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Good sound. A bit violent at times. A bit of tonal whiney sound at points or specific songs. He's very able to open it up and is very good when he does.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

Is there anything left to say about it? The record of their lives. The record of our lives.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Still a masterpiece

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Hadn't listened to this in a looooong time. Don't really understand why. I loved it at the time and it's still great now.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

amazing album every single song an absolute slap and all fits together perfectly

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Stone cold classic

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

One of my all-time favorites!

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Absolute classic.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Still as perfect as I remember 👍

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

The best album about car crashes I've ever heard

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

We're supposed to all agree that this is perfect, aren't we? It was the first of the 'groundbreaking' Radiohead albums after their early indie efforts. Exit Music is my favourite Radiohead song. Still think The Bends is better though.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

classic

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Best so far...although it’s not the Bends, it was the “best album ever” in its time. Good old Oxford (Abingdon) band.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Flawless

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

One of my top ten albums of all time

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I actually rated Rainbows by Radiohead a 2 previously - but thought OK Computer was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and thought to myself I should listen to more Radiohead - until I remembered I might have already listened to one of their albums from this list and saw that I didn't like that one at all. Still, this was good enough to make it work giving some others of their older albums a try, even if I don't seem to be a fan of their 'newer' albums. My favorite tracks were Karma Police, Subterranean Homesick Alien and The Tourist. The only one I disliked was Paranoid Android.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Альбом на все времена для моего поколения. Если в ходе беседы выясняешь, что собеседник любит Radiohead и OK Computer (хотя мой личный выбор все же Amnesiac), то значит этот разговор имеет шанс быть приятный и даже превратиться в крепкую дружбу. Заслуги rh в музыкальной индустрии лично для меня крайне значительны, поэтому такой важный альбом в их творческом пути для меня всегда стоит особняком. Пришел момент первой пятерки, пускай и любимчикам.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

A happy revisit to the legendary OK Computer, to think that this album is from 1997 is insane to me.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

¡Bah!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Det beste med dette prosjektet er å snuble over skjulte skatter av helt ukjente artister

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

I wish i could give this a 4.5 bc that would be the perfect score. I liked that the songs didn't sound all the same and they had distinctive different moods. I think Exit Music is a masterpiece

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Greatest album ever recorded.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

In my top 10 the songs are all awesome, and the album composition is equivalent to a symphony.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Impeccable. Nothing else to say. It is perfect in every way. Absolutely sublime record from start to finish. A fucking masterpiece.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Still perfect

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Tue May 11 2021
5

A great album. Enjoyable to listen to when feeling a bit low. Emo vibes 🥸

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Evolution between pablo honey rock band and kid a electronic-edged pomo.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Incredible album through and through

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Airbag, No surprises, and The Tourist were my favourites.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Top notch

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Amazing nuff said

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Fave from the 90's

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Classic

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Mon May 17 2021
5

great album that I own

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

No need to listen, though I will. A treasure.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

probably one of the greatest albums of all time

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

Too many good songs. Not perfect but its better than a 4.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

Just beautiful half or more of the album saved. 4.75/5

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Great album, really trippy. I particularly like Subterranean Homesick Alien, Karma Police, No Surprises, Lucky, although the quality is maintained throughout. Would I love this as much as I do, had I not heard it before? Not sure, but I do love it, so this is officially the first 5* album on this list for me (after 38 albums listened).

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Many great songs, just one or two not so great

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

Fantastic - from prog to solid rock to a killer ballad, this album runs the gamut. I like this more and more over time.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Geen toelichting nodig.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Alles minder dan 5 sterren zou te weinig zijn.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Geen uitleg nodig.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

I don’t especially think of myself as a Radiohead fan, and I wouldn’t think to list them as one of my favourite bands, but several of their albums unquestionably deserve a 5 star rating, including this one. Exit Music stops me in my tracks every time.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

They look like a mock troupe, but this is one of the best going

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Perfect one, amazing harmony, unforgettable music (just because it’s forgettable )) every melody is not like usual pop melodies, it’s always changing, it’s never the same, and it’s my favourite kind of music. But at the same time it’s not my “sense-of-the-world” album. But I believe him and I understand him and I love it

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

I've always liked this album. It takes me back to high school; back when you'd still listen to an entire CD because you paid good money for it. Even now, I could have it on in the background and listen to it all without selecting just one track and moving on to something else. I remember that at the time it came out, it sounded different than a lot of other stuff on the radio, but now I notice that a lot of bands have since tried to emulate it. Twenty-plus years later, I think the album still stands up

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

I was pretty sure we would see Ok Computer on this list and I am so glad it came up this early. This record came out when I was 14, I loved it then and it remains as great as I remember. The album is one of the first I remember sitting down and poring over the liner notes trying to decipher every one of the lyrics. It was profound to me and extremely rewarding. This album spoke to a young me. -Self loathing and contempt for everyone else! -Aliens, robots and Blade Runner. -The power of nihilism. - Distrust and contempt for government. -An understanding that our collective goal is just to find a quiet hole to die in. Did I find an album that suited me perfectly or was I reborn as a manifestation of this record? Hard to say. What I can say for certain is it holds up and rocks as hard as anything this mopey possibly can.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

If it weren't for Fitter Happier, this would probably be as close to a perfect album as there is. Climbing Up the Walls is so powerful, with amazing track after track.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

kitchen music

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Absolutely seminal 90s album. Important piece of art

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

corr blimey yes please very good yes

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Heavy nostalgia from the last era in which I did any serious music video watching. In any event, this one is to me peak Radiohead, and quite at the top of whatever their strange genre is.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

De los mejores discos que se han hecho en la historia del mundo mundial

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

instant classic, glad to get the excuse to listen to it again

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

thinking of buying that one

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Two Radiohead albums in one week! The album that got me hooked.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

So, so, so good.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Absolute classic.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

I always think of OK Computer as the Pulp Fiction of rock albums. It changed my idea of what a rock band could do. To be so creative, so immersive, so beautiful but still kick ass - definitely in my top 10 all time.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

just wonderful. Happy times sitting up with friends chatting late into the night with this on replay. Great album

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Not my favourite Radiohead album, but this record sounds pretty much flawless and has some brilliant songs, so I'm left with no choice but to give this full marks.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

perhaps a couple of songs are not so strong as the rest, but still a clear 5* album

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Finally something decent ;)

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Basically perfect. Listen on good headphones!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Wonderfully atmospheric, stirring

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I mean. This thing’s a classic. All killer no filler. Soundtrack to high school.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

👍 chill. Karma Police will get stuck in ur head. Electioneering is interesting and The Tourist is just epic guitar.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

What else can be said about this album. Monumental

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

I love this album, I've got it on a well used CD. An atmospheric masterpiece. stand out tracks - Paranoid Android Electioneering Climbing up the walls No Surprises

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Classic. Radiohead's best. 10/10 1. No Surprises 2. Climbing Up the Walls 3. Paranoid Android

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

This is the 14th album generated for me, and it's the first album where I've previously listened to the whole thing. I wouldn't consider myself to be a particular Radiohead fan, but I'm rating this 5 stars for quality and impact on modern music. It sounds surprisingly current (I felt super old when I realized that this album was released nearly 25 years ago!) and really captures the mood of our current dystopia.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Tremendous album with the perfect accents and a clear vision.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Quizá se oiga muy trillado pero en realidad creo que, cuando se ve como la experiencia completa de un album OK Computer es basicamente la vez que Radiohead realmente creó algo perfecto. No solamente hacia la banda, lo que representó sacar un disco de este tono cuando antes de él realmente su música era más catalogada al lado de cosas como Blur y Oasis, dando un giro tan dramático y creando algo que realmente iba más allá, también es un logro impresionante para todo el rock de los noventas. Cuando la mayoría del rock popular tenía que ser de sonido hacia el grunge, punk, sonidos crudos... sale un disco prístino, limpio, vívido, casi como una visión futurista del rock. Sin este disco muy probablemente no hay no hay cosas como Muse, los Killers o Coldplay (sí, incluso Coldplay, es un precio razonable a cambio de un disco tan bueno). Ese sonido prístino casi inmaculado y medio esteril es en mi opinión lo que lo hace perdurar y poder escucharlo hoy en día sonando relevante y nada viejo, no tiene nada que lo ancle a cierta moda x... sin saberlo de antemano es dificil decir de qué año es, simplemente no pasa de moda (en un sentido que me hace pensar incluso en cosas como The Wall... al tener una base tan sólida no necesita tantos adornos). La producción es brillante, rica en sonido, detallada, balanceada. El rango impresionante de emociones, sonidos, conceptos líricos cambiantes y siniestros, se toma su tiempo y cuando realmente golpea pega como camión (como el final de Exit Music por dar un ejemplo). Dramático, grande y con un concepto impecablemente realizado.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Some of the Head's best work

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Obvious 5 stars

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

I for one welcome our computer overlords. Best Tracks: Airbag; Paranoid Android; Karma Police

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

An exceptional album, pretty flawless. Artful arrangements + one of the most compelling vocalists ever to be recorded = Magic. Whatever else was happening musically in 1997 was pretty much reduced to rubble by this one. Fave Songs: Let Down, Exit Music (For a Film), No Surprises, Climbing Up the Walls, Karma Police, Electioneering

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

There are times when I feel really sad and down, not for any particular reason, but simply because of how difficult the human experience is. This album fully encapsulates those feelings.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

This is THE Radiohead album for me. I remember buying it and bringing home to listen on CD. It was a very important album to my musical knowledge. Paranoid Android is one of my favorite songs ever, and I remember the music video vividly. However, Let Down is by far the best track on the album. I am not a major Radiohead fan, but this album is a wild exception. Just beautiful, inspiring, and fully realized. There's a little bloat/dead weight around the middle, but minor qualms with an otherwise, excellent record.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

God I still love this album

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

A modern classic. marking the transition of this band to a more experimental sound but retaining ‘songs’ that others complain they lost on the journey. A huge album and best listened from start to finish rather than picking individual tracks but… Top tracks : Airbag, Exit music (for a film), Let down, Electioneering, No surprises, The tourist

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

This is without a doubt an amazing album. Not my personal favorite but a good album nonetheless.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

In my review of "In Rainbows", I wrote that IR was my introduction to Radiohead. This album actually shook something loose in my brain, and reminded me I was familiar with (of all things) "Karma Police" prior to that record. I haven't listened to this album front-to-back in a minute, but it's still just as good. It's a grand shift from what Radiohead was (a decent alternative rock band) into what they would become. This album shows the beginning flirtations of their electronic side (which they'd get more into on their next record), while still being accessible enough for their older audience. It's impressive, in its scale. One of those records I feel like I could discuss with the right people for quite a while. Favorite tracks: "Karma Police", "Paranoid Android", "No Surprises", "Climbing Up the Walls"

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Radiohead is really great at (for example) saying, "We want to do a song that evokes Bitches Brew, but we want to make it our own," and then they execute it perfectly and it's super impressive, with thoughtful lyrics and everything. Occasionally, though, they forget to make the music enjoyable to listen to. That only happens a few times on this album, which is what makes it their best one. Also, they perfectly captured the 21st century zeitgeist in 1997. How? Best track: Paranoid Android

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

We Live in a Society

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

greatest sadboy album ever

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Excellent.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

a good album

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

OK Computer is only slightly, ever so slightly, below The Bends for me as it skews more experimental and electronic than it's predecessor. But it still contains a lot of the guitar that I love about the Bends with a more dystopian feel. I was reading old reviews of OK Computer and someone called it “body music that circumvents the head to reach the spirit.” That's a pretty apt description of what both The Bends and OK Computer mean to me. Radiohead is one of a handful of bands for which the lyrics are only very distantly important. For me, OK Computer is almost entirely about the feeling evoked rather than the poetry expressed.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Six stars. A band evolving. Experimenting. Probing. Pushing the envelope. But still accessible. Emotional. Raw. Powerful. Nonsense, and also thought-provoking depth. At least when you can understand Thom Yorke. A voice that shouldn't work, but just does. And Jonny Greenwood's guitar work is amazing and stands out for not just it's skill but also how well it fits in with the experimentation around it.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

This will always be among my most favorite albums ever. There is so much classical foundation to this entire album. I love all the remakes that have been done of it (like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keDSxbwoiqs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsDlH1lO2p4). I feel immersed every time I listen to it. There are some I like more than others, but overall it's a seminal album in my view. Let Down is probably my favorite...I love the build-up. Also, it is etched in my memory from their show at the old 9:30 Club where they played for this album's tour (1997?) and the lights and dry ice and the gigantic computers on set with the various equalizers going nuts at the climax of the song. I confess, my love for Radiohead took a decline after this album, for which I know I'm an outlier. Maybe I should renew my commitment to one of my favorite bands ever by revisiting them with a more mature (ha! OLDER, DEAFER) ear.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

C.L.A.S.S.I.C.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

This is probably my favourite album of all time, not much more I can say here. Just a beautiful, haunting, immaculate work of art

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

So vibrant, and beatiful balance between electronica elements and the classic guitar, bass, drums drive

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Possibly my favorite album. Tied with in rainbows. Favorite band.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Um álbum por dia 2. OK Computer - Radiohead - 21/06/1997 Claustrophobic, paranoid, oblique and dystopian, a big fuck you to Britpop. In 1997 this sounded like the future to my 31 year old mind. I always was a pretentious little git.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Great Album, Great band. On my top 20 albums of all time for sure Favorite song: Karma Police or No Surprises

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

The bestest album of 90’s. A masterpiece created by radiohead.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

There is nothing new to say about this album. Every track, save for Electioneering is perfect - and on any contemporary band's album, Electioneering would be the best track. It's worth getting the 20th anniversary reissue just for I Promise, which would possibly have made this album even better. I've listened to the entire hacked minidiscs of their demos for this. I'm not usually so obsessive, but this is 'the one'. If I had to rank the albums I've given five stars to, this would be in the top 5, duking it out with the Beatles, Wu Tang Clan, The Fall and David Bowie for number one. Listening back to it, Exit Music is standing out as a really beautiful thing. My favourite track changes every single time. Even Electioneering has made it twice (when I first bought the album when I was 13, and when I learned to play it when I was 35). I see in the reviews that some people have called it too depressing and rated it low. It's actually quite uplifting musically, and there's nowt wrong with a bit of misery from time to time, you wellness obsessed morons.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Inovador e original.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

It's not often I give 5 stars to an album that I wasn't already intimately familiar with, but I have to make an exception in this case. I think the only reason I didn't listen to this more when it came out is that my friend Mark, whose taste in music I really respected, told me he didn't like Radiohead. Why did I listen to Mark? I knew in my gut that I liked Radiohead but I was easily influenced back then. Anyway, Radiohead might be a little pretentious (which I think is why Mark didn't like them) but even given that I think this is a brilliant album. The sound is amazing, and the songs are beautiful. Sonic bliss. So, 5 stars it is. Screw you, Mark.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

I mean literally one of the most important albums of my life. There's no functional way to be objective about this. Good album. Would obsess over again. A+

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Takes me back to uni... I think I'd probably still give this album 5 stars even without the nostalgia bump, though. Some absolute tunes on here. Fave track - "Paranoid Android" - love that weirdness!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

For years I didn't get this album, or Radiohead. Then one day I decided to listen to it properly on the train on the way to work. I realised I was utterly and completely wrong; OK Computer is one of the great albums. It's nice to be wrong.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

For me, it's one of the greatest albums ever recorded. This record has held a special place in my collection and my heart since I was given a copy on cassette in '97 (by my mate Ben, again!). The fact that people moan about Radiohead being whingers etc, etc, yawn, yawn, just makes me love them more. If my wife whinged like this I'd happily listen to her doing it all day long. Exit Music for Film will probably be played as my coffin trundles through those little red velvet curtains.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

A mythical rock classic now, a bold experiment in sound and songwriting then. Really good songs is what makes it really work.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Fantastic

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

No bad songs, great mix, mastery, flow - a very familiar album that I love

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

10/10 Best Song - Let Down

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

Quite simply a masterpiece. Each song is a cinematic journey that delivers in every way possible. I used to think that The Bends is a better album, but that simply isn't true. It might be a more exciting listen, but can't equal the drama and quality of songwriting on OK Computer. 5 🌟

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Proof that classic albums were not only made in the sixties and seventies. Still mind-blowing more than twenty years after its release.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

The second of three Radiohead albums in a row that shattered expectations based on the previous one. Who else has done that?

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

[Cracks knuckles in anticipation of a treatise on Radiohead...] This record rescued my musical tastes. I really believe that. I was riding the Smashing Pumpkins wave that crested in 1995-1997, which had rescued me from my early guitar bands boredom (no offense Nirvana and Bush). While most popular rock music just kept huffing its own fumes until Creed's Human Clay was shat upon the world's ears, Radiohead were getting weirder and better. It was phenomenally important for me to hear a NEW band with this sense of melody, technicality, and sense of adventure. It's the first band that was releasing music where I felt "in on it." Like, I was anticipating in real time what might happen next. Also, it can't be overstated how macho rock became in the late 90s. It felt dirty to me even if I wouldn't have articulated that. Thom Yorke and this band were so unconcerned about looking like ballsy rockers. I loved that. "Subterranean Homesick Alien" is one of the best pop/rock songs I've ever heard. Lyrically, musically. As with all my favorite bands, I can't pick a favorite record. But this one, "In Rainbows" and "Amnesiac" are all vying for the spot at the top of the list, for me. Until I got into Steely Dan, this record was my go-to "test the sound of the stereo/PA." Also, it was the first new music I had listened to since the late 80s that my dad and I really agreed on. He heard "Paranoid Android" and was really into that. It made me feel good to have that approval when we had been arguing about music more often than not for the few years before that. I'm sure he was relieved to hear this coming from my speakers rather than Tool.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

19th March 2022 Started on the Friday but finished on Monday. Had mum and dad come to stay for the weekend, took sprout to get spayed, national gallery etc. One of the greats. Could have picked one of No Surprises, Karma Police, Exit Music for the playlist but went for Paranoid Android for the baseline. Unbelievable album, rewards consistent listening.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Muzikale duizendpoot Thom Yorke bewijst zijn kunnen zeker op dit album. Een van mijn favoriete albums ooit

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Loputtoman hypen takia oon aina ollut vähän skeptinen tätä kohtaan. "Paras levy ikinä" jne. ja ehkä tän mainetaakan takia en oo vaan suostunut olemaan tälle ennen avoin. Mutta nyt kun on tarpeeksi kypsä vain nauttimaan niin.... onhän tää törkeän hyvä. Super siistejä yksityiskohtia soundeissa käytännössä koko levyn läpi ja biisit rakentuu tyylikkäämmin kuin ehkä rockissa koskaan. Lyriikat myös natsaa tunnelmaan usein just eikä melkein. Täydellistä melankoliaa. Kai siinä ajatuksessa on perää, että tän levyn jälkeen rockilla ei oo ollut enää merkittävää kehityssuuntaa. Lähinnä pirstaloitunut genrerunkkailuksi yms. Ehkä ainakin viimeinen ilmiselvä mainstream rockin mestariteos.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Very good! Liked it a lot, but I knew that already. Favorite songs: Airbag, electioneering

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Yeah duh.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Good album, only one strange track

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this album and Radiohead in general.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Easy

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

This is likely my all time favorite album from one of my all time favorite groups. What seemed like an apocalyptic glimpse into what might be instead is a disturbingly accurate description of this century. OK COMPUTER is the soundtrack to the disillusionment I have experienced as I witness technology’s total inability to deliver us from our own evils. And yet even as we ignore its dire warning this album is one of a very few that lit my way through some of the darker passages my life has taken. I cannot overstate its importance to me over the last 20 years. The best album to come out of the 90’s still sounds like it is one step ahead of us.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Great album. 9/10

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

9/10 really good

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Awesome album. Definitely not a mood lifter, but it pinpoints so many topics that are still relevant today, or even more relevant today that they were 25 years ago. Radiohead always delivers. 10/10

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

ok

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