The Bends

Radiohead - The Bends
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1995 Ratings: #82 / 451
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1995 Ratings: #17
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

It makes the record compelling upon first listen, but it reveals new details with each listen, and soon it becomes apparent that with The Bends, Radiohead have reinvented anthemic rock.

100
A.V. Club

It sounds like an album, with a deliberate pacing and well-placed peaks (“Planet Telex”) and valleys (“High And Dry”). There are still enough hooks to populate a pirate army, but it wasn’t even the bombastic rockers that got the most attention.

100
Consequence of Sound

An album that speaks less of destiny and more about a restless energy to create and explore.

90
NME

'The Bends' should set an "unfashionable" band in a completely different light and catapult them to megastardom. The other word for this album, by the way, is classic.

83
Entertainment Weekly

The stylistic leaps make for schizoid listening – brutal rave-ups contrast sharply with the acoustic languor of other tracks – but give these boys credit for not standing still.

80
Sputnikmusic

Although The Bends undoubtedly as moments of sheer brilliance on it, what drags its rating down, and makes it the equivalent to Star Wars Episode IV is the fact that some of Radiohead's worst songs of their entire career are on here.

70
Rolling Stone

Radiohead's reach may fall short with The Bends, a sonically ambitious album that offers no easy hits.

50
Spin

This is one of those follow-up albums that I always hope will sound like ten imitations of the one or two great hits of the band’s not-so-great previous commercial-breakthrough LP, but instead just proves the band is afraid to be pigeonholed into the only style it’s very good at.

Aoaystheory
100
Look at the album cover. That's going to be you when you listen to this.
aaron
90
People who dont like this album need to eat their vegetables
Tristan
80
The Bends by Radiohead. The response to their explosive track "Creep" which also marks the point the band started to experiment some and become more comfortable in their shoes. This album is extremely important, as, without it, it's likely Radiohead would have never moved into the direction they did, and what a sad world it would be without albums like OK Computer, Kid A, and In Rainbows. The Bends essentially laid the foundation for Radiohead- although Pablo Honey did come before, it ... read more
Plats
96
Featuring stellar instrumentation, superb writing and great vocals from Thom Yorke, "The Bends" is Radiohead’s first great leap forward!

Fav Tracks: Street Spirit (Fade Out), Fake Plastic Trees, Just, My Iron Lung, Planet Telex, Black Star, (Nice Dream), The Bends, Bones

Least Fav Track: Bullet Proof ...I Wish I Was

Score:
9.6
Amazing
MickyT
82
MickyT and Phillip present...
DISCOGRAPHY DIVES:
Season Two: Radiohead
Part Two: The Bends

It's time to continue me and Phillips dive through the Radiohead discography with the bands 1995 sophomore album, The Bends. The bands previous album, their debut Pablo Honey, is notoriously disliked by many music listeners and hardcore fans of the band, and while it's by no means a perfect album or even a great album, it's a decent Alt Rock album that has some great songs and was fine for what it is, ... read more
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