The Spinners

OK Computer (Radiohead, 1997)

In Alternative, British, Richard Bolisay on January 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

Radiohead landed like the largest meteor ever to hit the moon, and that moon was me. The band has made a shattering impact more than any other artists did, an effect that would stay with me for the rest of my life. Repeated listenings of OK Computer only make it more beautiful, more sublime, more imperfect-that-makes-it-so-perfect. The intense popularity of The Bends proved to be less a fluke but more an affirmation when OK Computer was released. And Kid A, god Kid A, is so extraordinary, never mind if it takes off rather inferior to the previous. It is still sonic bliss one way or the other. I am afraid Yorke, Selway, O’Brien and the Greenwoods have not topped themselves since this album (In Rainbows comes really, really close)—not that it mattered or they cared, but somehow all things considered, their discography has this continuity from Pablo Honey to In Rainbows that marks their influence on the direction of indie music. The ambition is clearly intentional—”Paranoid Android”, “Electioneering”, “Subterranean Homesick Alien”, “Fitter Happier”, “No Surprises”, “The Tourist”—and that ambition is pulled off. An omnipotent yet unseen hand weaves its greatness ceaselessly.

– Richard Bolisay

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