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Old 02-28-2009, 02:29 AM   #31
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In Rainbows is the greatest musical achievement of this decade.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:43 AM   #32
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Well I listened to it on my stereo and actually feel asleep somewhere after Electioneering.

The overwhelming first impression I had is that Thom Yorke sings like a demented choirboy on crack.
He sounds like Matt Bellamy, only with less energy and more soporific.
It doesn't help that his singing is the same basically throughout the entire album and is virtually undechiperable.

I somewhat liked Karma Police and Let Down. Paranoid Android is like one of those long songs done by hard rock/metal bands. That starts off incredibly slow and then goes crazy, then drops back down again, then goes crazy again.

I thought Fitter Happier was interesting, if a bit too long. It's like Stephen Hawking singing (ironically the voice synthesizer is easier to understand than Yorke's wailing).
Reminds me a bit of Drunk Chicken/ America which I also liked as an experiment (not so much as a song though).

I'll have a proper listen with headphones later.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:07 AM   #33
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Be careful. You can only resist so long, then you're hooked and you can't get enough.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:30 AM   #34
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Be careful. You can only resist so long, then you're hooked and you can't get enough.
It's so true. I tried getting into OK Computer several times, and it finally hit me last fall sometime...now Radiohead's one of my favorite bands.

That said, I'd also echo The Bends as the next album you should give a listen to.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:05 AM   #35
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Airbag, Paranoid Android, Exit Music, Let Down, Karma Police, Climbing Up the Walls, and Lucky are all fantastic, and the rest is good, too.

Still, In Rainbows is my personal favorite.
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Be careful. You can only resist so long, then you're hooked and you can't get enough.
Yeah, I feel that. To an extent.

I had The Bends and really liked it for ages. Picked up OK Computer and could not get into it. Kid A came out to rave reviews, so I heard it ... and hated it.

Some years later, still didn't get OK Computer. Checked out Kid A from the library and .... liked it! I was surprised.

Then In Rainbows came out, and I love it a big damn lot.

Still don't get OK Computer, though.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:25 AM   #37
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Radiohead ... ALL Radiohead ... makes more and more sense with repeated listens.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:33 PM   #38
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Be careful though, listening to too much Radiohead leaves you susceptible to committing acts of KNIFE CRIME.
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I'd like Radiohead a lot more if I could get over my dislike of Thom Yorke's post-Bends singing style. And it's not just singing either; I've no idea what he's like in real life, but I find his overall vocal presence quite unlikeable most of the time and again, I find it's something that had changed a lot after The Bends.

Still, Kid A is a great album and In Rainbows is very good as well. I could never really get into OK Computer though; it has some stunning songs but overall to me it sounds like a middle point between The Bends and Kid A without the strong points of either album.
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^^^ I sort of agree... sort of. I don't mind Thom's vocals all that much now, but I absolutely adore them from their Pablo Honey/The Bends period. Damn that guy could sing.
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I love Thom Yorke's voice and I don't care who knows it.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:16 AM   #43
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The only song I can think of where I struggle with Thom's voice is We Suck Young Blood.
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The only song I can think of where I struggle with Thom's voice is We Suck Young Blood.
I think Thom was also struggling with Thom's voice there.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:55 AM   #45
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Thom really does have a unique voice but just sounds depressing, having said that Creep makes me depressed, in some tracks it sounds like he's singing some random jiberish. I am also trying to explore Radioheads music a bit more, since they are worshipped a lot, maybe even more than U2. But I really like Fake Plastic Trees.
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