Before the breakthrough that was The Bends and the colossal OK Computer, there was the quietly magnificent Pablo Honey. ‘Creep’ was the surprise hit single in the UK, but even that song’s lyric gave scant indication of how ‘fuckin’ special’ this band would become. Benefiting from a raw production, the debut was undoubtedly less slick and accomplished than subsequent work, although Thom Yorke’s vulnerable but impressive vocal styling was already in place on songs such as ‘Stop Whispering’. Many of the compositions were somewhat simplistic, but in terms of musical maturity Radiohead were years ahead of their time. An indispensable album, it should not be parted from its two big sisters.
Tracks: You; Creep; How Do You?; Stop Whispering; Thinking About You; Anyone Can Play Guitar; Ripcord; Vegetable; Prove Yourself; I Can’t; Lurgee; Blow Out....