OK Computer

Radiohead - OK Computer
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
1997 Ratings: #2 / 78
User Score
1997 Ratings: #1
Liked by 382 people
June 16, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nigel Godrich, Radiohead / Producer
radiohead.com / Website
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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.

Chode
100
Before Radiohead made the biggest musical left-turn in history with Kid A, before Thom Yorke’s eventual divorce which lead to the making of A Moon Shaped Pool, before Radiohead achieved 3 of the top 4 albums on this website- there was a vision. A vision of Radiohead’s true opus; OK Computer. It’s a record I’ve been trying to write a comprehensive review that is good enough for this amazing album since I first listened to it a month ago. Very few albums have immediately ... read more
EnigmaticSnob
95
if there's one album that i would recommend to anyone to listen to- whether they're a seasoned music pro or a causal listener, it's this one. i'm sure by now you've heard many things about how great and genre-breaking this album is, how it broke all expectations and made radiohead one of the greatest modern bands of all time, how 12 sets of tracks all flow incredibly well and each one a classic on it's own, how it's a surreal foreshadowing of the digital and information age where we have become ... read more
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
ParthanyJobtano
90
to no-one's surprise
ok computer is 'bout
human emotions

or how we try to
detach ourselves from it but
fail miserably

at the end of all.
airtight and futuristic.
deserves all the praise
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Track List

1Airbag
4:47
94
2Paranoid Android
6:27
97
3Subterranean Homesick Alien
4:27
93
4Exit Music (For a Film)
4:27
95
5Let Down
4:59
95
6Karma Police
4:24
96
7Fitter Happier
1:57
87
8Electioneering
3:50
89
9Climbing up the Walls
4:45
91
10No Surprises
3:49
96
11Lucky
4:18
92
12The Tourist
5:26
93
Total Length: 53 minutes

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