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    CW51 - Albums - No. 1

    1. OK Computer



    1. Airbag
    2. Paranoid Android
    3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
    4. Exit Music (For a Film)
    5. Let Down
    6. Karma Police
    7. Fitter Happier
    8. Electioneering
    9. Climbing Up the Walls
    10. No Surprises
    11. Lucky
    12. The Tourist

    Points: 156
    Votes: 8

    OK Computer is a rare album, a musical triumph on the one hand, but on the other a profound and culturally significant commentary on an increasingly mechanised and consequently impersonal society moving into the 21st century. Such was its significance that the album remains relevant in 2014, it also helped shape a new direction of popular British music that would see the rise of alternative groups during the early 2000s.

    As a group Radiohead had by this stage released Pablo Honey – an album very much a product of its time and a more transitional effort it The Bends where the group appeared to make a more concerted effort to define their own sound. OK Computer perhaps doesn’t represent the arrival at their sonic destination in light of what we witnessed with later releases however it was the first major stop on the line. While The Bends stood out more for its quality within the Britpop scene than as a pioneering achievement OK Computer emphatically succeeded on both accounts.

    Amidst the irony of Radiohead making extensive use of technology to deliver a message of disillusionment with the modern age lies a musical masterpiece. Representing the first occasion where Radiohead really began to master rhythm, OK Computer showcases some interesting rhythmic moments, most notably the 7/8 time signature change in ‘Paranoid Android’. Also of significance are the deeply layered and cleverly constructed arrangements throughout the album, from the counterpoint-heavy arpeggios that underpin ‘Let down’ to the sparse and down-tempo ‘The Tourist’. Colin Greenwood once again provides bass-lines that strike a pleasing balance between rhythmic and melodic elements, including the unfinished yet distinctive line on the opening track ‘Airbag’. Johnny Greenwood and Ed O’Brian experiment with various effects and techniques to provide a mixture of subtle textural backdrops as well as some clever riffs and licks to provide further musical interest.

    Lyrically OK Computer speaks from a lonely and inadequate place in a society that appears to grow more and more connected every day, culminating in the suicidal undertones of ‘No Surprises’. ‘Let Down’ perhaps best personifies the identity of the disaffected and lost narrator…

    Transport
    Motorways and tramlines
    Starting and then stopping
    Taking off and landing

    The emptiest of feelings
    Disappointed people
    Clinging onto bottles
    And when it comes it's so so disappointing


    While lyrically OK Computer is not entirely melancholy and mellow – ‘Electioneering’ harks back to the aggressiveness of some earlier efforts the overriding theme of dissatisfaction with the modern world is forever present. Whether it be for Thom York’s fear of cars (‘Airbag’) or an in-joke within the band (‘Karma Police’) that in fact appears to express considerable angst and an anti-establishment theme.

    What set OK Computer apart though is the intricate textures that show a maturity well beyond what was achieved on Pablo Honey and to a lesser extent The Bends. Thematically the use of texture is superb, particularly when the screeching asylum feel of ‘Climbing up the Walls’ makes way for the xylophones and acoustic guitar of the lullaby ‘No Surprises’. The processed guitars of Subterranean Homesick Alien create an isolated and off-worldy feel, while Ed O’Brian’s strumming of the strings above the nut during ‘Lucky’ achieves a similar effect. Not to mention the various beeps and bops that punctuate ‘Airbag’, the screeching guitars as ‘Karma Police’ fades out or the robotic voice that reads the melancholy self-help guide that is ‘Fitter Happier’.

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    is also the album that spawned perhaps one of the greatest songs every written in ‘Paranoid Android’, and one cannot evaluate the album effectively without touching upon it. The six-minute epic is almost like a snapshot of the entire album, ranging from the aggressive hard-rock of the middle section to the slow, sombre 3rd part written by Johnny Greenwood. This is perhaps proof of Radiohead’s incredible song writing talent, as well as their ability to build upon a foundation of a song. Small details such as the layered vocal harmonies in the 3rd section and the dissonant chromatics in Greenwood’s intense guitar solo punctuate the song beautifully. While the lyrics are seemingly nonsensical at times and Radiohead have been predictably vague about their meaning the profound nature of Thom Yorke desperately wailing cries of “Rain down on me” can only be described as utterly profound.

    All in all, OK Computer is a rare gem, influential, musically detailed and interesting without being overbearing, and the quintessential soundtrack to disengagement with modern society.

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    Thank **** this beat out Oasis.

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    Lol Im assuming there must have been a date cut off for this list,while its indeed a great album the best ever it isn't,not even by a long shot
    Some great write ups though,enjoyed the reading.
    Last edited by Frost; 31-12-2014 at 02:18 AM.


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    It wouldn't make my top 250 but it was the most popular amongst the voters, simple as that really.
    social likes this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    Lol Im assuming there must have been a date cut off for this list,while its indeed a great album the best ever it isn't,not even by a long shot
    Some great write ups though,enjoyed the reading.
    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    It wouldn't make my top 250 but it was the most popular amongst the voters, simple as that really.
    OK Computer is linked to an Illumanati plot and you are both destined to like it. If you hold up the American $1 bill to the light you will see various song titles disguised in the pyramid.
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    I got great enjoyment in going to the game and shouting "WHY THE **** ISN'T THIS GAME BEING PLAYED AT THE BASIN?!>!?!?" to reasonably significant cheers from the sparse crowd
    Proudly against the bring back Bennett movement since he is injury prone and won't last 5 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    It wouldn't make my top 250 but it was the most popular amongst the voters, simple as that really.
    That's awesome good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    OK Computer is linked to an Illumanati plot and you are both destined to like it. If you hold up the American $1 bill to the light you will see various song titles disguised in the pyramid.
    Started early I see,happy new year lol

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    Hey man, slow down.

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    I know I've been a massive dickhead throughout this, but it was awesome. Thanks buster.

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