OK Computer (1997)
|Third album from Radiohead, released in 1997.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Radiohead: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway.|
|Additional Personnel: Adam Cummings (guitar).|
|Engineers include: Nigel Godrich.|
|OK COMPUTER was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and won the 1998 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.|
|Recording information: 07/1996-03/1997.|
|Photographer: Stanley Donwood.|
|Unknown Contributor Roles: Colin Greenwood ; Ed O'Brien ; Jonny Greenwood ; Phil Selway; Thom Yorke.|
|OK COMPUTER, Radiohead's third album, is the bombastic follow-up to 1995's sleeper hit THE BENDS, which left critics and listeners as impressed with the band's ability as they were curious about their potential. In spite of its technological-sounding title and apocalyptic sci-fi themes, OK COMPUTER is firmly grounded in the rock verities. Waves of guitars rage beneath the haunting melodies and near-hysterical fits of singer Thom Yorke. This complex, intense swarm of guitars is held aloft by a solid, inventive rhythm section and an impressive array of piano and keyboard textures.|
|"Paranoid Android" is a six-minute-plus epic with alternating time signatures, wild dynamic shifts, drama and adrenaline to spare. "Let Down," with its double-tracked vocals and rhythmic throb, may give a brief glimpse back at Radiohead's past, but at no point is OK COMPUTER anything but a hurtle forward.|
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|Six Feet Under, Volume 2-Everything Ends|
|Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba|
|Romeo & Juliet / O.s.t.(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)|
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Associated Artists and Works
|Vitamin String Quartet|
|Release Date : 05/01/1997|
|Original Release Date : 1997|
|Catalog ID : CDNODATA 02|
|Label : Capitol|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00724385522925|
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]anicked, paranoid and product-coded; tranquilized, arena-size and indelible."
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
- 4 Stars (out of 5)
- "...OK COMPUTER - a stunning art-rock tour de force - will have you reeling back to their debut, PABLO HONEY, for insight into the group's dramatic evolution..."
- Ranked #9 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
- Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...Unlike their majestic models U2, Radiohead take on techno without switching instruments or employing trendy producers....As with post-rockers Tortoise, Laika, and Seefeel, Radiohead have a fuzzbox or two and obviously know how to use 'em..."
- Ranked #4 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
- "...Shrouded in wafting guitars, swoony rhythms, and moody-blue strings, it shrugs off mosh-pit conventions for a poignant delicacy and breadth, with Yorke's cracked-throat voice the album's melancholy center....For all of Radiohead's growing pains...their aim--to take British pop to a heavenly new level--is true..." - Rating: B
- Ranked #2 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
- Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
- Ranked #1 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
- Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
- Ranked #2 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
- "...unlike anything I've ever heard....I definitley know it isn't good for me, and I'm certain it says more about my life than I'd like....in terms of composition and performance, it's very impressive. Radiohead have excelled themselves. They've seen the future."
- Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
- Ranked #3 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "OK COMPUTER sought to disturb as much as delight. It's still succeeding."
- Ranked #2 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
- "[R]eal songs and tunes, but ones that didn't shrink from the increasingly unlimited possibilities of modern music-making. In that sense, Radiohead were not only record-collectors but futurists..."
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a brilliant album....[V]isual, visceral and complete..."
In 2001, around the time that his first child was born, Thom Yorke took the habit of spending the early evenings driving alone around the fields and by-ways surrounding his home just as dusk was drawing in. "I've got one of these cars with the natty blue headlights and the colours of the headlights got mixed in with the wild-life running into the bushes. The twilight invoked a dream-state within me. It's incredibly beautiful where we live but I used to listen to this Penderecki tune that's really ominous and scary and I'd just get this perverse sense of foreboding."
These solitary drives helped inspire the ideas that bolster up much of what would eventually become Radiohead's 6th album. "I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because - suddenly being a parent - I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day. It was during the Afghan war and it would ring bells in my head. I'd sit there making mad lists on pieces of paper of the people in the public eye that I had it in for." (laughs).
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