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Radiohead - OK Computer
(05/19/2003)


Genre: Rock

I don't really know much about Radiohead, other than the fact that their good. I have two of their CD's. One of them is "Ok Computer." The other is, Of course, the quintessential album, "Kid A."

The change between these two albums are and odd one. Ok Computer is primarily "rock ensemble" (if you will) oriented; guitars, drums etc. are the primary components of this album. Kid A takes the route of a pure, melodic electronica. Yet, despite the change in instruments, the style is so incredibly consistent between the two, and very distinctive from other artists (that I've heard). This is good, because we like an artist for his or her musical style, and transitions between instruments used while still keeping that style can be very refreshing.

Anyways, to focus on Ok Computer, this album is a good example of what Radiohead can do, but probably isn't their best. Like their other albums, this one is saturated with political and anti-institutional messages.

Most of the CD is a faster, driving "Brit Rock," ala Coldplay. Once in a while, it takes a few breaks, like "Exit Music For a Film" and, even more so, "Fitter Happier." This track (it's not really a song) is simply a heavily distorted and filtered robotic voice espousing all which society views as healthy and proper, but slowly degrading into grimmer imagery. Quite surreal.

Anyways, we all know Radiohead is good. Great. Awesome. Overall this album is an excellent example of what this band can do, but I wouldn't stretch it so far to call it a masterpeice. A worthy purchase. Anti-institutionalists, Coldplay fans, and disaffected citizens rejoice.

Cool Hand Luke gives Radiohead's "OK Computer"...

Four cigarettes.

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