Radiohead - OK Computer
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
1997 Ratings: #1 / 114
User Score
1997 Rank: #2All Time: #2
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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
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
AllMusic

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

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

100
A.V. Club
You'll discover more the more you listen to it, and that fact alone makes the album downright essential.
100
Sputnikmusic

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

100
Q Magazine

Not the least achievement of OK Computer is that a major weirdo-psychological English guitar band can induce gasps of admiration, stunned silence and more than a few lumps in the throat. It's and emotionally draining, epic experience. Now Radiohead can definitely be ranked high among the world's greatest bands.

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.

80
The Guardian

... surprising and sometimes inspiring but its intensity makes for a demanding listen.

100

We are living what this album feared right now.

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

Chode
100

Maybe the worst album ever made

September 28, 2020- A young Chodester who is just beginning to embark on his exploration of music outside of hip-hop naively presses play on Airbag by Radiohead for the first time, unbeknownst to him just how transformative the once-in-a-lifetime experience he was about to plunge into would be; and similarly unaware of just how integral this album would be to his future musical journey. See, this day would mark my first time shedding a tear to any album ever. ... read more

Barry29
94

91 avg rating + 3 for concept

skierain
99

another certified classic. i will be happy to bet my life savings that this will still be one of the best albums of all time in a decade or two. timeless record. only reason why it doesn't get a 100 is some tracks get a bit redundant after a third or fourth listen, but maybe that's just me listening to radiohead too much...

favourite: paranoid android (AMAZING), exit music (nostalgia, uneasiness, beauty)
least: electioneering

mistry
100

I feel like a changed man after listening to this for the first time.
I can now finally see why this album is praised so much since its release in 1997.
This is a FUCKING MASTERPIECE!
Favorite Song : All of them
Least Favorite: None

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