The Bends

The Bends (Radiohead)

  • 18 Aug 14:37
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The progress that this scruffy but brainy bunch have made is phenomenal. On only their second LP Oxford’s Radiohead fulfilled their huge potential, fashioning an album whose relentlessly downbeat tone was offset by an ability to formulate consistently winning melodies. The title track and ‘Just’ throw some customary rock poses, but for the most part the band displayed a far more expansive approach. Thom Yorke emerged from the woodwork with a new-found vocal confidence, revealing a striking but frail falsetto on two of the album’s strongest tracks, ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ and ‘High & Dry’. For many, this flawless rock album remains the peak of Radiohead's songwriting ability. Although OK Computer and Kid A regularly appear above The Bends in polls, this is the one for the guitar-rock purists.

Tracks: Planet Telex; The Bends; Fake Plastic Trees; High & Dry; Bones; (Nice Dream); My Iron Lung; Just (You Do It To Yourself); Bullet Proof ... I Wish I Was; Black Star; Sulk; Street Spirit (Fade Out)....

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