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THE BENDS

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

3.81 | 585 ratings

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Progkid
5 stars Radiohead are one of my most favorite bands, but I do not consider them prog, actually its impossible to call or restrict them to any one genre(that's not how Thom works) so I won't judge this album by prog standards but rather by musical standards The Bends is one of the best second albums out there, its sad, melancholic and hauntingly beautiful, its a great step towards a legendary career after their debut Pablo Honey, Jonny greenwood's guitar roars in this album and Thom gives a great vocal performance as usual, this is the best album to start if you wanna get into Radiohead 1. Planet Telex- Great album opener, perfectly sets the mood for the album, totally in the spirit of 90's lyrically a bit sad and angst filled, a perfect performance by all band members. 8.5/10 2. The Bends- Another great guitar driven tracks, I don't know what to say the words are coming out all weird (pun intended) cause this is so amazing. Its about how Thom felt when suddenly a lot of people became his 'friends' after the success of the band, 8.5/10 3. High and Dry- Great acoustic guitar at the start of the album, Thom gives one of his best vocal performances ever, for me its about how someone leaves you all alone and you are left there all alone, but yet feeling sad not for yourself but for the person who left you and is alone too.....someone you love more than yourself, how the best thing you ever had goes away. 10/10 4. Fake Plastic Trees- The title suggests the meaning, when someone you love isn't real but fake, one of the most touching songs on the album, and Thom's falsetto is at the best during the end, it is also about how you desperately want to be with someone but can't because they hate you for no reasons 'If I could be who you wanted all the time' 10/10 5.Bones- a straight in your face rocker, I don't quite get the meaning but it is surely angst filled, not one of my favorites on the album yet good enough to be 7/10 6. Nice Dream- This is one of my favorites RH moments, beautiful guitars, drums, vocals, lyrics, just everything so perfect just like a nice dream, you know what I mean right? if you don't listen this song right now P.S great backing vocals and guitar in the end 7.Just- what do I say about this song? the lyrics say it all "you do it to yourself, you do and that what really hurts you do it to yourself, just you you and no one else"8.5/10 8. My iron lung- this song was released in the selftitled E.P but yet it remains one of the greatest song on this album, one of the best known rh songs, with lovely guitars and drums and tends to make a joke on creep 10/10 9.Bulletproof... I wish I was- quite sad, you know when someone hurts you so much that all you wish for is something which can ease the pain? when you cant take it anymore and wanna be bulletproof, its a tear jerker 10/10 10. Black Star- Hidden gem actually in the bends, quite underrated, to me it represents a period when you keep fighting with your lovedone which leads to break up and then after all this you can't forget them and tend to blame it on everything around, it eats you from inside, you can't sleep, you always see their face everywhere, its a lovely track 10/10 11. Sulk- quite a sarcastic song and funny for me( reminds me of someone sulking at their mistake) you know people like that, they'll hurt you and sulk sometimes thinking its their fault, but yet they are scared of saying sorry, anyway great track 8.5/10 12. Street Spirit- the most depressing song ever, even Thom used to cry singing it, because it shows helplessness, sadness and all other problems, their songs are like a dark tunnel but eventually there is light and the song is not always sad, but this one has got no positive thing whatsoever, quite moving and a great closing track from a great band's album
Progkid | 5/5 |

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