Bends (Audio Cassette) Import
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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.
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.
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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.
I also recommend 'Pablo Honey' for it is in the same vein of "pretty melodies mixed with thrashing guitars."
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!!!
I won't right an individual song review, but I cannot write a review of the album without mentioning that with all else aside, Street Spirit is the best song that Thom Yorke has ever written, and that is a large accomplishment. It is the only song I can find that defines Radiohead through every album they have put out, even the notorious but brilliant Kid A. The emotion shines right out of this song from the opening guitar riff to the brilliant final orchestration ("immerse your soul in love"). A spectacular song. The only people on earth (and I mean this literally) who would not love this song are those who are so out of touch with their emotions that they never admit to feeling sad. Street Spirit captures sadness at a basic level and puts it to song. Without it, The Bends would be not much better than Pablo Honey. With it, the album crushes all other traditional alt-rock albums to that date. And then along came OK Computer...
Do not bother with this album unless you are serious about your music. I personally maintain that mantra for all albums. This won't work if you are one of those people who only buys music that "seems to be popular" so you can have it on as background aural wallpaper in your house. It needs time to grow on you, and that can only be done with highly attentive listening.
I have a pretty firm grasp on my 700+ cd collection. All in all, I make it a point to be aware of as much music as possible. This cd, however, was one that slipped through the cracks of my rigid listening routine. Technically speaking, I am in the agegroup of people who was supposed to worship Nirvana and friends in the 90's heyday of 80's extermination camps. I am proud to say I put my musical alliances elsewhere, but not proud to admit I made a mistake with Radiohead; I lumped them in with the rest.
I did like "Creep," but for some twisted reason I liked it just enough to avoid the first album but buy "The Bends" right when it came out ... and I barely ever paid attention to it, there was much better stuff on my priority map. It collected dust for years. The whole grunge/alternative thing was a huge turnoff for me, essentially because there wasn't as much substance in it as there was record-company-brainwashing, and the "rock songs" never really rocked. Mr. Cobain never learned more than 4 power chords, so I thought his message would have been better to the music industry (popularity aside) had he chose to express it in a medium other than music (and I don't know if I was all that wrong, look at where the biz is now!!!).Read more ›
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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 13 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 15 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 19 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 21 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