OK Computer

Radiohead - OK Computer
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
1997 Ratings: #3 / 75
User Score
1997 Ratings: #1
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June 16, 1997 / Release Date
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Parlophone, Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

The record is brimming with genuine emotion, beautiful and complex imagery and music, and lyrics that are at once passive and fire-breathing. OK Computer is like tossing David Bowie, old U2, Spacehog and lots of Pink Floyd into a blender and pushing the 'kill' button.

100
AllMusic

OK Computer is the album that establishes Radiohead as one of the most inventive and rewarding guitar rock bands of the '90s.

100
Sputnikmusic

Their finest moment, and one that demonstrated their brilliance both musically, lyrically, and at creating feelings.

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

This landmark masterpiece set a new standard for rock musicians that has yet to be challenged. It's beautiful, mysterious, scary, and thought-provoking; a record that will indefinitely be a future classic.

100
A.V. Club

It really is the perfect synthesis of Radiohead’s seemingly conflicted impulses.

100
NME

Here are 12 tracks crammed with towering lyrical ambition and musical exploration; that refuse to retread the successful formulas of before and instead opt for innovation and surprise

90
Slant Magazine

OK Computer ... took guitar rock (and make no mistake—despite its amalgam of analog and digital technologies, that's what the album is) to places it had never gone before.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Shrouded in wafting guitars, swoony rhythms, and moody-blue strings, it shrugs off mosh-pit conventions for a poignant delicacy and breadth.

80
Spin

It feels utterly contemporary, an achievement few mainstream guitar bands can claim. OK Computer bridges the touch-feely/block-rockin' divide of '90s pop with more urgency than a house party of confessional troubadours or breakbeat scientists.

80
Rolling Stone

At a time when they could have played it safe, selling their psychedelic souls for more radio-friendly rock & roll, Radio-head have released a concept album whose theme ... unfolds gradually during the course of the album's 12 songs.

50
Classic Rock

To those who love it, OK Computer sounds rich, beautiful, mysterious, romantic, anguished, baroque and thrillingly experimental. To those who don't? It's a miserable, over-hyped, unmusical mess that doesn't deserve a space in 'the canon'.

100
We are living what this album feared right now.
thebibleparttwo
90
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BradTasteMusic
100
Final Edit: (8-31-18 Score: 77) After... countless frustrating listens to an album that simply felt uninteresting to me... but the irony is as soon as I put out a video review... it clicked. So much so that I shed a handful of tears in the process of this extraordinary larger-than-life experience of an album that somehow feels so... human.

I just want to trigger people

Edit: I jokingly made this review in March and gave this album a 0/10. However my real score id give this album is probably ... read more
SirTristan
100
OK Computer by Radiohead. What hasn't already been said about this masterpiece?
One of the most famous and critically acclaimed albums to ever be conceived, OK Computer pushes the boundaries of music itself. I remember before I had gotten into music, looking for the highest-rated album of all-time. I came across OK Computer by Radiohead, a band who I had never heard of. When I investigated their Spotify, I discovered that I had only heard their most streamed song: Creep (Yes, I was one of THOSE ... read more
Aoaystheory
100
Radiohead is without a doubt my favorite band, and this may be their best work. I would also say that this is the best record of the 90's just like Pitchfork and Paste agreed.
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