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.
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
This is such a good album by Radiohead. Every song is great to listen to... over and over and over!
The sound quality is exceptional, as always. Read more
This is one of my favourite Radiohead albums. Highly recommend this album!Published 8 months ago by lmg
Album is terrible quality. Brand new out of the package the whole thing skips on my record player which has no problem with all other records new and old.Published 9 months ago by Amerrickman
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.Published 14 months ago by Chris Rose
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). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brighton Greet
If you take a profound interest in Radiohead, you have to get this album.
I'll pick up some remarkable tracks in this album. Read more
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 morePublished on Sept. 20 2011 by marketminutdave