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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TQV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 463 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Planet Telex
2. The Bends
3. High & Dry
4. Fake Plastic Trees
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.

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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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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.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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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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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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Format: LP Record
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. I do believe this is pressed right from the reel-to-reel, and nothing digital is involved.
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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
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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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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