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Radiohead - The Bends
Dec 13, 2018 (updated 6d ago)
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I can see why people might dislike this album, as it is not as captivating when compared to some of their later projects, but that does not mean it is not a good album. It has everything that most subsequent Radiohead albums would have but with a more of an alt-rock feel. Tom’s floaty vocals are dramatic and emotive as well as subdued on a few tracks, which do well to differentiate itself from other bands and albums of that time. Even with the unique voice of Tom, the instruments play in a distinguishable way as well. Johnny’s guitar work varies from quiet plucking to soaring and captivating leads, Colin’s bass work coupled with the drumming of Phillip create solid and melodic grooves cementing the songs with a sturdy foundation. The accents and textures of Ed O’Brien cannot be overlooked either as they give Radiohead their distinct and unmistakable sound. With all these elements creating a rock album that has influenced an entire wave of musicians, “The Bends” is a captivating project that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Favorite tracks: “The Bends”, “Bones”, “My Iron Lung”, “Blackstar”, “Spirit Street”
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