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The Bends

Radiohead Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
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1. Planet Telex
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5. Bones
6. (Nice Dream)
7. Just
8. My Iron Lung
9. Bullet Proof ... I Wish I Was
10. Black Star
11. Sulk
12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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While Radiohead saw its stock rising in 1994, it wasn't until 1995's The Bends that it really became a blue chip band. And for good reason. The quintet honed its talent for bombastic Brit Rock, yet still preserved an edge of unpredictability. Even singles like the title track didn't give in to the kind of swooning guitar clich‚s usually embraced by commercial radio. If the CD proved anything, it was that Radiohead could find solid ground between pop experimentation and the tradition of born-in-the-bone, balls-out rock.


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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes you sulk... May 4 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Brilliant lyrics. Brilliant songs. It was "overrated" if you didn't understand how important it was for British rock to crack the American mainstream. These songs are 90's guitar rock classics. They were the perfect songs to learn how to play guitar to & to understand what songwriters could do with only the four basic instruments.
I also recommend 'Pablo Honey' for it is in the same vein of "pretty melodies mixed with thrashing guitars."
A classic.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Format:Audio CD
No doubt, this album sticks right with you the whole way and never loses consistency. Truly, this album is worshipped by many. Personally, as someone who has watched Radiohead develop and morph what seems like a hundred times over the last decade, this album doesn't quite do the trick the way OK Computer does. However, in context of the year 1995, when rock was finally dragging itself from the ashes of the emotionally valueless glam rock of the 80s, this album stands on its own.
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Radiohead's best
Published 2 days ago by Nathan McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 13 days ago by Ron Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this album when it was new and love it ...
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 3 months ago by Chris Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to feel it in your bones!
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Brighton Greet
5.0 out of 5 stars They were melodic, poetic and ironic guitar rock band.
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
Published on Oct. 8 2012 by Tim
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 So good that it's more about picking faults...
Quite simply, one of the best albums in the last 3 or 4 decades.
Beautifully written, performed and produced. Near unique.. Read more
Published on May 22 2006 by Charles Mclaughlin
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
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