The Bends

Radiohead - The Bends
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Based on 8 reviews
1995 Ratings: #78 / 440
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1995 Ratings: #14
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March 13, 1995 / Release Date
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Capitol / EMI / Label
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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.

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.


'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.

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.


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.

Rolling Stone

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


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.

Look at the album cover. That's going to be you when you listen to this.
People who dont like this album need to eat their vegetables
This thing has a lot of eargasmic highlights. The only thing holding it back is the slight lack of payoff in the first half. It picks up so much later on and becomes a fantastic listen and experience
Radiohead: Worst to Best
#4 - The Bends

Perhaps it is nostalgia that draws me to this album, or perhaps it really is just one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. The Bends was a familiar album to me growing up, I recall being quite young and being intrigued by the artwork and hearing my father listen to these songs. This album will always be viewed as a classic, a turning point in Rock music as we know it. Each song is meticulously crafted and full of emotion, an incredibly moving and ... read more
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

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Track List

  1. Planet Telex 
  2. The Bends 
  3. High and Dry 
  4. Fake Plastic Trees 
  5. Bones 
  6. (Nice Dream) 
  7. Just (You Do It to Yourself) 
  8. My Iron Lung 
  9. Bullet Proof.I Wish I Was 
  10. Black Star 
  11. Sulk 
  12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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