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Old 02-27-2009, 05:54 AM   #1
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Is Radiohead any good? Recommendations

They are always mentioned highly among the industry and music listeners (certainly receive a warmer reception than U2 do).

The only Radiohead song I've ever heard was Creep. And I didn't like that much reminded me of Nirvana and sounded quite Emo.

Are they somewhat like Muse in sound (especially lyrics/singing?), apparently Coldplay have heavy Radiohead influences, but I'm not sure.

CP are very much pop, while Radiohead seem to make very experimental, non-traditional music, that is hardly seems easy to listen to.

I was going to download In Rainbows to see what all the fuss is about. Is that a good place to start, or should I start with somethin else (OK Computer?).

Keep in mind that I like U2's experimentation, AB is my favourite album and I like Zooropa and Pop (though not every song), but I'm not a big fan of OST1 (other than Miss Sarajevo and Your Blue Room).

I also dislike experimenting just for the sake of it, ie. if the only benefits gained are that it sounds unique. I'm not a big fan of post-modern art.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:59 AM   #2
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Yes. They are good. Very fucking good, actually. Go to the nearest place that sells CDs and buy all of their albums immediately.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:11 AM   #3
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=GirlsAloudFan;5933300 Go to the nearest place that sells CDs and buy all of their albums immediately.
That would mean they are better than U2, if I did that
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Creep is unrepresentative of their sound, as is most of their first album.

Purchase OK Computer to start. Listen to it multiple times to get the effect. You'll fall in love with it after a while.
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Creep is unrepresentative of their sound, as is most of their first album.

Purchase OK Computer to start. Listen to it multiple times to get the effect. You'll fall in love with it after a while.
That's their masterpiece right? How does it compare to AB? lyrically? musically?

Were there any hit singles ala One, Mysterious Ways etc?
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I think In Rainbows and The Bends are a bit more accessible than OK Computer.
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I think In Rainbows and The Bends are a bit more accessible than OK Computer.
Which is most like anything U2 has done?
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Probably The Bends.

Lot of individually pleasurable tunes. A very good place to start, then maybe In Rainbows, then OK Computer.
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I'm afraid that you are bound for disappointment if you are looking for something similar to U2 through Radiohead. They are very different bands, in my opinion at least. One of the major differences is that most all Radiohead albums need to be appreciated as full albums rather than through individual songs; whereas I would not consider that trend "post-modern," the closest U2 ever came to that approach was OST, which you note that you do not really like.

That being said, I would recommend OK Computer and In Rainbows as starting points.
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I hated Radiohead for a year before they became one of my favorite bands. What changed me was OK Computer and In Rainbows, so I would start with these.
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That would mean they are better than U2, if I did that
Yup.
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Which is most like anything U2 has done?
I think The Bends is their most U2-sounding album, so that's a good place to start (it's also a very good album, so that helps ). Yes, Radiohead are quite good, but they're not the second coming part of this forum wants us to believe.

Radiohead's masterpiece is probably OK Computer. It features the singles Paranoid Android, Karma Police and No Surprises (which you might've heard back in the day (1997)).
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The Bends is probably the safest choice for beginners, but OK Computer is undoubtedly a masterpiece, and their best.
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In my opinion, get OK Computer first. Get The Bends second. Get In Rainbows third (I would have said Kid A, but you said you don't like Passengersesque experimentation). Then assess if you want to proceed further. If you do, buy Kid A and Amnesiac the same day and listen back to back.
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In Rainbows is my favorite, but The Bends and OK Computer are the first two you should get.
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