OK Computer

Radiohead - OK Computer
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
1997 Ratings: #2 / 68
User Score
1997 Ratings: #1
June 16, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone, Capitol / Label
Nigel Godrich, Radiohead / Producer
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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.

Mar 12, 2018*
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
Oct 18, 2015
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.
Sep 3, 2015
100
Most important rock album of the 90s, simply amazing and it's bound to be timeless
Mar 27, 2018
MySoftBulletin
98
Radiohead: Worst to Best
#2 - Ok Computer

Objectively speaking, I believe this is the pinnacle of Radiohead, it is their most impressive and structured release to date. Ok Computer is often considered by many to be the greatest album ever made, which clearly is not an easy title to hold. If one were to actually sit down and listen intently, it would be hard to say otherwise. The album was one of the first to address the age of technology, some of the central themes being the redundant and ... read more
Sep 29, 2018
melancholypeach
99
I wish I could hear ok computer for the first time again : 4 months ago, and I felt the (generic) indie pop that had been my base for the majority of my life slipping away. I went on the search for new music,and one band I always heard people talk about was radiohead. I knew I had to check them out, however I was terrified of not enjoying or 'getting' it - I decided to start with ok computer as a friend suggested, and wow. That was the most enlightening 51 minutes of my life. In rainbows is my ... read more
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