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Old 02-27-2009, 04:12 PM   #16
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I started with Amnesiac, so I don't think I'm really an authority on this.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:58 PM   #17
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All of their albums are essential, but these are, most definitely:

The Bends
OK Computer
Kid A
In Rainbows

Start with those four, and later pick up Pablo Honey, Amnesiac, and Hail To The Thief if you like what you hear.

Also, EMI is re-releasing Pablo Honey, The Bends, and OK Computer as Deluxe Editions (with an extra CD of all the b-sides and a DVD of live footage and music videos) late-March, so you might want to wait until then to pick those particular albums up.

Also, out of the four I mentioned, don't start with Kid A. It's not the best 'first album' to hear. Either get The Bends or OK Computer.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:12 PM   #18
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Yes, Radiohead are quite good, but they're not the second coming part of this forum wants us to believe.
I thought Arcade Fire were the second coming according to this forum.

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Old 02-27-2009, 06:15 PM   #19
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I downloaded Ok Computer off Itunes, will have a listen to the album tonight.

Does it help if I have the lyrics on hand? or are they not a lyric focused band like U2 is and so lyrics aren't as crucial to appreciating a Radiohead song.
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I wouldn't worry about it now. I still have no idea what Thom is saying half the time.
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to read along with lyrics during the first few listens for anything.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:40 PM   #22
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I thought Arcade Fire were the second coming according to this forum.

No. They are the second-and-a-half coming.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:22 PM   #23
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I downloaded Ok Computer off Itunes, will have a listen to the album tonight.

Does it help if I have the lyrics on hand? or are they not a lyric focused band like U2 is and so lyrics aren't as crucial to appreciating a Radiohead song.
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to read along with lyrics during the first few listens for anything.
The first time I listened to OKC I had it on in the background and within minutes I grabbed the lyrics. They're that good. But don't worry, you can Google them and find them easy enough. In fact, let me help you out:

radiohead lyrics and song information
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #24
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I downloaded Ok Computer off Itunes, will have a listen to the album tonight.

Does it help if I have the lyrics on hand? or are they not a lyric focused band like U2 is and so lyrics aren't as crucial to appreciating a Radiohead song.
Yes. A lot.
Especially OK Computer.
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Pretty good band, sometimes amazing, sometimes a little off the mark.

Ok Computer is unquestionably a classic album. Kid A and Amnesiac feature some incredible songs, and some just as incredible b-sides. HTTT is marvellous, as is In Rainbows.
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Start with The Bends. Then move on to OK Computer.
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This thread scares me... but at least someone out there is willing to look at them on their own, for me I like a lot of what they've done, mostly OK Computer and The Bends which were quite original rock works, and featured oh I don't know, actual singing. Since then, they've released some interesting if less than complete albums and somehow gained this mystique of being the greatest thing ever, a lot of their music to me isn't all that innovative and not always listenable, part of me loves some of their work and part of me is constantly annoyed by the worship of them. The best is how the indie kids bow down to them as like monarchs or something, hate to break it to you but RH was an EMI product for a long time and released In Rainbows "independently" after having used the industry money to be able to do that.

I will say this though, "Let Down" is one of my favorite songs of all time ( every time), and those to albums are just . Kid A has some great tracks, but to me Zooropa tried the same kind of change and got a lot less credit at the time (and still does) the following two are pretty boring, and In Rainbows wavers between interesting rhythm/instrumentation and more sleep inducers.

I know its blasphemy around Interference and many music fans under 25 or 30 or so, but I dare to have my own opinion, just as I welcome you to enjoy them, just don't shove them in my face as the premiere music innovators.
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to read along with lyrics during the first few listens for anything.
I'm a lyrics-focused person, but have never really cared about a lot of what Yorke is singing, even on OK Computer, I don't know if he's just not as meaningful a lyricist to me, or if the point of lyrics is lost when you can't understand them (even having read them), I'm talking simply hearing wise, not even meaning there. That said I did quite enjoy some of his lyrics on The Eraser, and actually found that album much more interesting than the 2000's era Radiohead. They used to really rock, and sing, not so much nowadays, mixing effects and whining can't compete for me with their 90's masterpieces.
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That said I did quite enjoy some of his lyrics on The Eraser, and actually found that album much more interesting than the 2000's era Radiohead.
I concur.

Yorke's a fantastic lyricist sometimes, but sometimes he doesn't seem all that genuine, like he's just depressed for the sake of sounding depressed. He should stick to more political or social commentary which he is brilliant at, cause he doesn't strike me as being genuinely emotional, in a "sing your heart out style" like a Bono or a Morrissey.

Some might say Morrissey is a bit tiresome in trotting out how miserable he is all the time, but Morrissey is a hundred times more interesting and has a sense of humour as well.
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I started with In Rainbows and moved to OK Computer. They're the only two I know inside out and they're brilliant. I've downloaded HTTT and Kid A, but haven't really given either a listen.
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