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THE BENDS

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

3.82 | 400 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Great alternative rock album!

This is not really progressive... Maybe a bit psychedelic, with some experimental fragments. In my humble opinión this is just a great british rock album, far from the later Radiohead's experiments, more accesible and really enjoyable. Al the tracks here are special, and the album is really catchy... Once you have realised the amount of details of the rich production, it's difficult to scape to the enchant of this stunning work.

I think it's a bit unfair to take the centre of the group only in Thom Yorke... Ok, he's the leader. But I think that part of the magic this album has, is because the marvellous guitar work that Greenwood and O'Brian develope... The are the real protagonist of this release, more than the (just good...) Thom Yorke's vocals. I really enjoy the guitar drawnings in My Iron Lung, Black star... This is the fact I enjoy the most!

The rest of the musicians, just make their work... But this album is far from trying to demonstrate some extra muscial habilities. They only wrote great songs, and they played and recorded them in the most proper and correct way. It's relaxing... Nothing spectacular, just the songwriting... The most important aspect of good music!

Best tracks: really difficult... All the songs are good, there's no flaws in this album! Both the mellow and rockier tracks really kick ass! A compact album.

Conclusion: this is not progressive music in my opinion, so I can't give a high rating to this album on this site... But this is a real great album of alternative rock, so if you are interested in hearing one of the best albums ever made from this style in England, you should try The Bends. A really recommended work.

My personal rating: ****

ProgArchives rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |

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