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Bends (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Radiohead Audio Cassette
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After the massive success of Pablo Honey--or, more specifically, the single "Creep"--had made them a household name, most had written Radiohead off as one-hit wonders. That they could return with an album as awesome and monumental as The Bends, therefore, must have been particularly unexpected. Not that Pablo Honey is a bad album, but rather, when compared to the epic grandeur of The Bends, it's obvious that the five Oxford-based boys had matured immensely since the release of their debut. "High And Dry", "Just", "Street Spirit", "Fake Plastic Trees": nary a pop song among them, yet it's testament to their greatness that they all were hit singles. And really, it's easy to see why: Thom Yorke's falsetto crying over a wall of acoustic and electric guitars, as lyrics and music blend to create a masterpiece of melancholy beauty. The Bends is one of the most essential albums of the 1990s, and a spectacular indicator of further greatness to come. --Robert Burrow

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2009 expanded two CD edition of this 1995 album from one of the biggest and most critically successful UK bands of all time. From their beginnings sandwiched between the Grunge and Britpop music scenes to their groundbreaking internet releases, Radiohead has consistently and successfully challenged themselves musically with each album and continue to raise the bar with every passing year. Disc One contains the original album while Disc Two is filled with rarities, B-sides, BBC sessions and more. 30 tracks. EMI.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Over the past 3 generations, music industry executives (most with no or little musical education) have reduced the quality of popular music to the lowest common denominator. Vapid lyrics, forgettable tunes, total absence of original music composition and absolutely no innovation. The creativity well is so dry that remakes have become the norm, not the once-in-a-while. Yet, by controlling most of the radio air-play, music CDs still get sold by the millions.

The patient is supposed to be dead, his electroencephalogram flat-lined, when unpredictable spikes such as this one occur. THE BENDS is one of the rare exceptions of a great group putting out a MONUMENTAL album.

If I had a nickel every time I heard that OK COMPUTER is a better album...I have them both and let me tell you: whereas I do take out and listen to OK COMPUTER once in a while, THE BENDS never comes out of the 18CD-charger of my car.

This Album has a beginning, a middle and a finish. No, I cannot distinguish any of the pieces above the rest - they are all gems and part of a ever-shifting musical picture. The level of this Album's artistry is simply unsurpassed - even by RADIOHEAD themselves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars God rest your soul... Aug. 2 2006
Format:Audio CD
Probably one of the top albums of all time.Melodic,powerful and Thom Yorke at his best.

First time I heard this I fell off my chair.I could't stop listening to the album.Fake Plastic Tree,Street Spirit (fade out),Just...Basically,the whole album is wonderful.

My favorite is Sulk...what a song!

Stuck on a desert island...The Bends is my choice.Personnaly the best album I have in my collection!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good that it's more about picking faults... May 22 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply, one of the best albums in the last 3 or 4 decades.
Beautifully written, performed and produced. Near unique..
This review is fairly redundant in that almost everyone who cares already knows how good this is.
What makes it special is the knowledge that all subsequent output went way downhill. This was the high water mark for this band in my opinion.
Quite brilliant.
Doesn't stop me hearing the fingers sliding on the opening chord changes in "Nice Dream" and being annoyed by it. But then it's probably taken me ten years of regular listening to be really aware of it...and it may be deliberate!
More longevity than anything you'll probably ever listen to...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's best album. Feb. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
OK. I've listened to just about everything this Oxford quintet has to offer (except "Pablo Honey"...sorry folks!). Maybe I'm a square or something, but "The Bends" certainly contains Radiohead's best--and least experimental--music. No doubt about it.
This CD is the only Radiohead album that is consistently strong from start to finish. Songs like "High and Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees", "Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was" and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" are stunning in their virtuosity and beauty. "Just" is a really catchy tune that sounds upbeat--if you ignore the lyrics. The title track and "Bones" are the closest thing to head-bangers that you'll get from RH, and "My Iron Lung" is experimental without the pretentiousness that has sandbagged some of their later efforts.
To put things in perspective, the much ballyhooed "OK Computer" has stronger individual songs than "The Bends", but it sputters to a close for much of its second half. I admire "Kid A" for RH's daring electronic experimentation and their unwillingness to make "OK Computer, Part 2". Some of its songs are great, but overall "Kid A" lacks heart and it left me a little cold. While "Amnesiac" has some jaw-dropping moments (e.g. "The Pyramid Song"), it's perhaps RH's most inconsistent album. However, "The Bends" is strong from start to finish and it doesn't let up.
Ergo, I would recommend "The Bends" as the best place to start for the casual Radiohead listener, then proceed to the other CDs if you really like these guys.
Two final things before I go:
1. Why can't Radiohead make a decent-looking album cover? I don't know who designs their stuff, but they really need to hire a new crew or something. "Kid A" was their best album cover, but it looks like a high school art student's interpretation of J.R.R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this album when it was new and love it ... July 5 2014
Format:LP Record
Loved this album when it was new and love it even more on thick vinyl. The album is much more meaningful when I sit and listen to the whole thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to feel it in your bones! April 28 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Excellent album! Not Radiohead's best, I prefer their later, more challenging records but The Bends is the first truly incredible Radiohead album (sorry, Pablo Honey). The streak of tracks from Planet Telex to Fake Plastic trees is perfect. The rest of the tracks are great too, no filler whatsoever. Just-->My Iron Lung is a two-track power grouping, it's awesome when the two most intense, rockier tracks are side by side. Oh, and who can disagree that Street Spirit (Fade Out) is one of their very best 90's songs? There's a lot to say about this album. If you haven't listened to this album yet, definitely do so (the vinyl is excellent as well). If you've never listened to Radiohead before, this or OK Computer is where you should start. All of their albums from The Bends on are fantastic from start to finish. 10/10
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By Tim
Format:Audio CD
If you take a profound interest in Radiohead, you have to get this album.
I'll pick up some remarkable tracks in this album.

"High and Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees" are awesome tracks known as expressing their beauty and fragility.
On the other hand, "Just" and "My Iron Lung" are thrilling and disquieting tracks.
All these tracks are known as the masterpieces of Radiohead.

To this day, Radiohead have kept up innovative experiment and development.
Therefore, It is difficult to express their current musicality.
However in this album, they were melodic, poetic and ironic guitar rock band.
I love them in those days, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite 5-star album!
This is one defining Melodic yet Hard album- only flaw? maybe a little soft for some listeners. for me (Knaw!)also..if you have not explored beyond -Classic Rock.. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2011 by marketminutdave
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Unsure if the best of the 3 re-releases with extra CD and DVD, but I have the feeling that EMI is trying to milk Radiohead now that they are on a different label. Read more
Published on April 19 2009 by Gis A. Bun
1.0 out of 5 stars The Bends will give you the bends. It's horrible. AVOID!!
I remember the first time that I heard Radiohead's Just- I thought to myself- what is this? Radiohead is one of the worst groups out there. Read more
Published on July 21 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars From This Music Critic
The Bends is possibly one of the most phenominal albums I've ever listened to. Positively insane... songs like Street Spirit (Fade Out) will take you to those faraway corners of... Read more
Published on April 28 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead can be in my music collection anyday!
Its so good to see radiohead come togeather and put out a great album ... i jus really think they pulled it off this time... theres not noe negative thing about this cd .. Read more
Published on March 8 2006 by ZeppelinDude
4.0 out of 5 stars Won't leave you High and Dry
Very good album. But as good as Ok Computer? Come on. Not a chance. Not so much an insult to this disc but a compliment to OK Computer. That is there masterpiece. Read more
Published on June 17 2005 by Harris Macklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I bought this album when if first came out and i still think it is one of the best. i would say that there are 3 songs to my taste that i didn't like. Read more
Published on May 25 2005
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