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The Bends

RadioheadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)

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Radiohead is Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke.

Radiohead's previous recordings have included 1993's Pablo Honey, 1995's The Bends, 1997's OK Computer (the tour for which was documented by the 1998 film Meeting People Is Easy), 2000's Kid A, 2001's Amnesiac, 2003's Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows, which was ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002TQV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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 clichés 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. --Nick Heil

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246 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason the average review is 5 stars on amazon November 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Bends. Radiohead's most accessible album. Radiohead's most underappreciated album at the time of its release. Dare I say Radiohead's BEST album?

I dare.

Yes, OK Computer purists may find my statement inaccurate, but let me just ask you this, Radiohead fanatics... If you were to loan any Radiohead cd to someone who never heard their music before, which would it be?

Personally, The Bends was my introduction to the band in 1999... and I'm glad it was. Maybe 4 years too late, but hey - it's never too late right?

Anyway, this album is classic. Yorke is at his most comprehensible and his lyrics are more human than on future releases. This is the singer/songwriter at his most passionate. Deep, elegant songs like Fake Plastic Trees and High & Dry soar like the best U2 songs (One, With or Without You, etc).

Jonny Greenwood's uses of spacy guitar and keyboard effects adds mood to the pieces while the rest of the band gels together so well, you don't even notice it.

If you're looking for a rock album that you can really fall in love with, rock out with, sing a long with... you get the idea. You can't go wrong with the Bends.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey-coated Sugar Bombs March 16, 2005
By travu2
Format:Audio CD
You're sipping lemonade on a warm spring day, watching various modes of transportation sparkle productively in the distance; you've just discovered a new law of physics, and you're inhaling the scent of your neighbor's freshly mown grass mixed with orange tree blossoms. Normally, you would be in your low lit bedroom writing nihilistic poetry, but you've just heard a new album, The Bends, and it has inspired you to brave the sunshine and give in a little to your fundamental human need for social interaction. Unfortunately, as you brush away an excited butterfly, you realize that you don't really know that many people, and become more depressed as you face the fact that it will take more than just stepping outside your door to find like-minded individuals to have silly fun with. This album makes you want to make that effort. Just as an indulgent energy-rich breakfast can be a catalyst for a glorious day of intellectual stimulation, so The Bends has become a honeycomb of new possibilities in the seemingly pointless lives of countless individuals.

There is rock music on this album that will make you move your body, but there is also a cohesive latticework of lurid spontaneity that causes the listener to hear each song as a charming facet of a youthful personality. The lead singer's voice is actually fun to listen to because it relates so well to the music. Sometimes Thom Yorke sounds like a sneering, cynical English fellow (Just, My Iron Lung), and sometimes he sounds like an orphaned angel (Nice Dream, Bullet Proof..I Wish I Was). The last song, Street Spirit (Fade Out), stares a brooding swarm of nothingness in the eye and finds unparalleled beauty. While the music on this album has a more traditional radio-friendly rock sound than their later work, it is certainly no less moving.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably Brilliant And Timeless January 29, 2005
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After the success of their debut album "Pablo Honey," Radiohead returned in 1995 with the highly-anticipated "The Bends." Now personally, I was not a very big fan of their debut album. It had a few high points but the rest was just boring and flat. I truly believe that if it wasn't for their sophomore album, Radiohead could quite easily have slipped off into obscurity to join a long line of other bands who were so 'promising.' However, that didn't happen because the world caught onto The Bends and rightly hailed it as one of the best albums of the 1990's. I don't consider this Radiohead's best album. Nor do I consider it a monumental masterpiece. It is a fantastic rock album though, and definitely amongst one of the best records I own in my 200+ collection.

The album opens with the brilliant "Planet Telex." The sonic soundscapes of this song's introduction are very memorable, and set the scene for the rest of the song. Thom's vocals are very distinctive on this song and I enjoy the chorus a lot. The album's title track, "The Bends," is the next song and is one of my favourites on the whole album. A lot of people don't really like this song but I bloody love it. It gets off to a rocking start and has a very anthemic chorus, but my favourite part of the song is the part where Thom sings, "I wish it was the sixties, I wish I could be happy, I wish, I wish, I wish that something would happen!" The next song is "High And Dry" and is a bit slower and more melancholy than its predecessors. The sunlight vocals of the chorus are very effective and the guitar in the chorus is great too - very similar to something Oasis were doing at the same time. "Fake Plastic Trees" is a fan favourite and is even slower than the mid-tempo track before it.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's Best Album March 21, 2002
By drew m
Format:Audio CD
Since the Bends turned Radiohead into one of the world's preeminent rock bands, the band has moved away from the more traditional song structures featured on The Bends in favor of new ways to express their themes of alienation, isolation, and seething rage.
But the Bends is still Radiohead's best work, and for obvious reasons. Epic in scope without being self-indulgent, The Bends takes the distorted guitars of grunge and adds a sense of melodrama and good old rock-n-roll majesty that, at that time, had been missing from popular music for almost two decades. In blending the two together, along with adding their own distinctly British personality, Radiohead makes The Bends a landmark recording that still feels fresh today seven years after its initial release.
The record has that wonderful touch of arrogance that transforms the band from one-hit brooders (as on "Creep") to bonafide rock gods. The guitars on the opening "Planet Telex" thunder in, heralding the band's arrival to the rock stratosphere, and the album just goes and goes from there. Every song works, be it balls out rock songs ("Bones"), or quieter, ghostly pieces ("Street Spirit," "Fake Plastic Trees"). All of it is tied together by lead singer Thom Yorke's voice. Credit Yorke with somehow making a voice that should, by all accounts, be incredibly irritating resonate and echo in the mind of the listener. It's alternately haunting, raging, and powerful; even making the transition from gentle lullabying to Billy Idol-quality snarling in the course of a single song ("Nice Dream"). It's a wonderful performance, and the band underneath matches him note for note.
Radiohead has released records more complex (OK Computer), more challenging (Kid A), and more ambiguous (Amnesiac) than The Bends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential 90s alt rock album.
The 2nd album from Radiohead, The Bends, was first released in 1995 to little chart success but has since been declared by many critics to be a millstone in 90s alt rock. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime :)
Sublime and still a classic. If you've not heard it BUY IT NOW!!!!
Published 26 days ago by Soundman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Greatness
Published 1 month ago by gosnailgo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Saved my life.
Published 2 months ago by B. Castillo
2.0 out of 5 stars 180 gram Vinyl
On any given day this is my first or second favorite Radiohead album. This review is not for the collection of songs on the disc but rather for the quality of the disc... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 3 months ago by Jose C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Vive le Radiohead!
The sound of Radiohead before they swallowed, digested and shat a load of pretentious garbage all over your stereo.
Published 3 months ago by Shopping Voucher
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage.....In my opinion
I fail to see any value is this album or even this band. The album sounds like distortion noise mixed with horrid vocals and crappy, lifeless rythems.
Published 3 months ago by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars Did not disappoint!
This is an excellent album. I purchased it for my husband as an anniversary present. We used to listen to Radiohead daily.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie P Hedgepeth
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S RADIOHEAD
So I love these guys. The music is modern and classic. I take it to the gym and I'm good to go for a couple of hours.
Published 4 months ago by Micole D.
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