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."
The sound quality is exceptional, as always. I do believe this is pressed right from the reel-to-reel, and nothing digital is involved.
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'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.
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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This is one of my favourite Radiohead albums. Highly recommend this album!Published 19 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 20 months ago by Amerrickman