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3 stars Radiohead began in excellent form, starting at the height of the grunge movement, this album sounds like a direct spin off of "nevermind" by nirvana and has grunge qualities. Radiohead appealed to the masses with their anthemic, "Creep" which still remains a damn good song and is one of the more Radiohead-esque pieces from this album. Thoms vocals are brilliant, daring and original and the bands guitar sound shows subtle hints of what they were to become as there is a sense of unease that suggest Radiohead are no ordinary band, and they are not.

This is the music i listened to when i was growing up as a child, introduced by my mum and at the time i would have thought this album would have deserved more than a 3 star rating but it has not aged well at all. With Radiohead continuing to expand their experimental sound, this album seems to get pushed back furthur to the bottom of the pile, when you do decide to revisit this debut it sounds amazing but compared to the newer works it is not something you always want to look back on. Why listen to Pablo Honey when you can put on one of the albums that followed this.

The album flows well with a strong first half yet after "ripcord" it seems to lose its impact. "Creep" is the only song on here that is still famous and is still great to listen to (if you can be bothered, it is played a lot in the UK). "Thinking about You" is one of the strongest and original tracks on the album, a bittersweet lovesick sing along in true radiohead depressing style. "Stop Whispering" and follow up single "Anyone Can Play Guitar" are standout tracks. "Lurgee" and "Blow Out" are some of the few tracks that the band still consider playing live.

There are absolutely no hints of prog here, but the band do start to hint to there unique experimental mainstream rock qualities that go well against the norm. This is a good start yet i recommend all the other studio albums above this one.

frenchie | 3/5 |


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