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Radiohead | OK Computer (2 LP)
- UPC: 634904078119
- Cat: LP-XL-781
- Label: XL Recordings
OK Computer, Radiohead's third album, is the bombastic follow-up to 1995's sleeper hit The Bends, which left critics and listeners as impressed with the band's ability as they were curious about their potential. In spite of its technological-sounding title and apocalyptic sci-fi themes, OK Computer is firmly grounded in the rock verities. Waves of guitars rage beneath the haunting melodies and near-hysterical fits of singer Thom Yorke. This complex, intense swarm of guitars is held aloft by a solid, inventive rhythm section and an impressive array of piano and keyboard textures. "Paranoid Android" is a six-minute-plus epic with alternating time signatures, wild dynamic shifts, drama and adrenaline to spare. "Let Down," with its double-tracked vocals and rhythmic throb, may give a brief glimpse back at Radiohead's past, but at no point is OK Computer anything but a hurtle forward.