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2.52 | 436 ratings | 31 reviews | 3% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. You (3:27)
2. Creep (3:55)
3. How Do You? (2:11)
4. Stop Whispering (5:25)
5. Thinking About You (2:41)
6. Anyone Can Play Guitar (3:37)
7. Ripcord (3:09)
8. Vegetable (3:12)
9. Prove Yourself (2:25)
10. I Can't (4:13)
11. Lurgee (3:07)
12. Blow Out (4:41)

Total time 42:03

Bonus track on 1993 US release:
13. Creep [Censored version] (3:59)

Line-up / Musicians

- Thom Yorke / vocals, guitar, tape loops
- Ed O'Brien / guitar, backing vocals
- Jonny Greenwood / lead guitar, piano, organ
- Colin Greenwood / bass
- Phil Selway / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Icon with Lisa Bunny Jones (paintings)

LP Parlophone ‎- PCS 7360 (1993, UK)

CD Parlophone ‎- CDPCS 7360 (1993, UK)
CD Capitol Records ‎- CDP 0777 7 81409 2 4 (1993, US) With a bonus track

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RADIOHEAD Pablo Honey ratings distribution

(436 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(3%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(13%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (32%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by frenchie
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.

Review by James Lee
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Who needs a review of this album? Certainly few of the people who look to a progressive rock site for info will appreciate this least of the band's albums- least progressive, least experimental, least distinctive. In the hindsight of musical history, it seems almost deliberately generic; the early 90s airwaves were awash with pop songs dressed in heavier, sloppier sounds that appeared to look towards Seattle for inspiration. Had the band despaired, this album would have been remembered only for a one-hit wonder and RADIOHEAD would have been forgotten in the dull realm somewhere between BUSH's grunge parody and OASIS' britpop whining. Those who have a soft spot for either band might well enjoy "Pablo Honey" on its own terms, but I suspect this doesn't apply to the bulk of progressive fans.

Like several million other people, I bought "Pablo Honey" purely for "Creep". Right around the same time, I bought "Undertow" because of "Sober". I suppose it is worth saying that my girlfriend loved both songs- but, to be fair, I enjoyed them well enough myself. Neither album proceeded to blow me away as a whole; both struck me as a slightly more mainstream-friendly take on various sounds that had been kicking around underground for some time. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" was fun, and the other songs often rocked or complained appropriately. Yorke's petulant insouciance and dark humor peeks out from time to time, though it seldom seems more than the typical alternative songwriter's post-teenage angst. "Blow Out" was a tantalizing left turn at the close of the disc...I can't say I love it, but it hints at other inspirations lurking beneath the rest of the album's pleasant but unimpressive college-radio alt-rock themes. I tried to make the most of what seemed increasingly to be an impulse purchase, but it was a losing battle. Whatever the case, at no point did the word 'progressive' enter my mind.

Of course, time has changed all that; both TOOL and RADIOHEAD have since proved they have much more to offer than these pale debuts. This is not without precedent in the prog world- think of "Rush", for instance, or GENESIS' pre-"Trespass" attempts. These are all albums that even hardcore fans may struggle to enjoy, and hardcore proggers will want to reserve their time for more challenging fare. Yet all of these have their own occasional, idiosyncratic value (as well as historical worth), so you probably won't regret listening- as long as you don't expect to hear the band at anywhere near their best.

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars Radiohead is not a "complete" "convincent" prog rock band, so if this album were a masterpiece, i cannot give it 5 stars because this isnot a prog album so, lets start:

As we know, Radiohead is one of the most well known bands around the world, well i think that, and their first bomb was that song Creep, a love song a pain song i dont know, but that is included in this album, i think the most of the people who bought this album, was because of only that song, but anyway, this is their debut album, and it sounds too simple, with guitars, in every song we can find similar chords and always the same time signature. You is i think their first single, a good song, all Radiohead fans (like me) enjoy it for sure, then the song Creep. their most overrated song, then How do You, Stop Whispering, another two songs, nothing in special, but then here comes one of the best songs here, Thinking About You, it is the acoustic version, because the fast version is horrible, this is beautiful, excellent lyric and for me the music is quite simple but sounds good, then Anyone can Play Guitar which talk aa bit about Jim Morrison, then Ripcord, next Vegetable, i dont know really what is the beauty of this song, but i really love it, next Prove Yourself, I Cant, Lurgee, three simple songs ... and for me the best track of this album is the last one Blow Out, it has a very good sound, distorted guitars and great composition, of course this is heir first and worst album, but it was the beggining of a great band, Thom Yorke`s voice is great like always, but this album is not so good, so for progressive fans im sure it is horrible, for me its not horrible but i will give it only 2 stars.

Review by Eclipse
1 stars This is very far away from what RADIOHEAD would become. The most impressive thing is that they envolved pretty well to The Bends, though i still am not a fan of that particular one either. There are no highlights on this album, perhaps the famous "Creep" is a nice tune, but they are so near and so far away at the same time of creating masterpieces like "Fake Plastic Trees", "Nice Dream" or "Street Spirit". And as a final consideration, no prog-head will be even remotely interested on this one, since it is not that good even for pop standards.
Review by The Crow
2 stars This album is definitively not interesting to any prog fan...

Because it's really far from being progressive... But that's not the reason I'm giving this album only 1 star. The collection of songs included here is not really exciting. With the exception of a pair of decent tracks, this album is a bit plain, and doesn't says very much... The Thom Yorke's voice was waiting to beeing really exploited, and the predominant guitars are not too colourful. The pop- rock vein of all the tracks are just repetitive... The experimentation and variety of later albums is missing here, because the true personality of the band is not here yet.

Sorry to all the Radiohead's fans out there for my low rating... I really enjoy this band's music, but this album is far from deserving being recommended to any prog listener!

Best songs: You, Creep (a classic, and maybe the best song of the album...), Stop Whispering (I love the chorus), Anyone Can Play Guitar (just funny), Lurgee (not bad)... The rest of the album is easily forgettable.

Conclusion: the only interest of this album is knowing the beginnings of this wonderful band... So the fans should listen to it. But if you are not in the Radiohead world, this is far for being essential... And this is definitely not the right place to start with Radiohead. I think "The Bends" or "OK Computer" are the perfect introduction for beginners.

My personal rating: ***

ProgArchives rating: **

Review by 1800iareyay
2 stars In 1993, Radiohead were gaining all sorts of attention, and expectations were high for their debut. Sadly, these expectations were not met in the slightest. Borrowing heavily from the grunge scene that had the world in its grasp, this band was touted as the British Nirvana by some. Well, after listening in, I can't say I understand what the fuss was all about. Thom Yorke and co. mixed the aggressive hardcore-influenced sound of the Seattle scene with the airy Britpop of their homeland. While interesting on paper, the combination does not prove very successful, and only a few tracks here are worth your time.

Creep, the band's first smash hit, is completely and utterly out of place, and for good reason. Never intended for the album, the song was a throwaway track Thom wrote years earlier. He made the mistake of playing it within earshot of an exec, and soon it was put on the record. Personally I like the song, but it isn't one of the band's best. Anyone Can Play Guitar is a funny piece but the joke wears off after a few listens. You is the best song here without question, not that it's saying much. The only song here that gives any indication of the band's future direction is Blow Out, and even that cannot compare.

In the end, this album serves only to show how much Radiohead have changed throughout their careers. It is nothing more than a time capsule piece or a blurb in a documentary someday about the band. Without "Creep," the band wouldn't have gotten its foot in the door, so this record served its purpose. Still, this is the last Radiohead album you wanna pick up.

Grade: D-

Review by UMUR
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2 stars The debut album from Radiohead was released in 1993 and it made quite an impact. Radiohead and bands like Blur, Suede and Pulp was soon put into the category called Brit Pop/ rock and allthough I agree to some extent that Pablo Honey does have a similar sound to albums released by some of the other mentioned bands but it does have itīs own trademarks. Radiohead would later make music far removed from that particular sub-genre and fortunately so as Pablo Honey isnīt the best album in the whole world.

The music is very simply structured all the way through the album. There arenīt many surprises when it comes to the form and structure of the songs. The Vers/ Chorus formula isnīt challenged much on Pablo Honey. A typical song on this album will have a quit vers and a noisy rocking chorus. I think there are way too many fillers on this album, it just seems to be too long ( and itīs only 42:11). Creep was a big hit at the time and itīs easy to hear why with that hook. I never liked Creep though. A song like You is much more to my liking. I also enjoy Blow Out, but thatīs about it. The rest of the songs are very forgettable.

The musicians play with conviction, but the things that are played doesnīt really need a very trained musician to be executed to perfection. Thom Yorke has a unique voice that needs to be mentioned even though he would develop it further on later releases. He has the skill to sound pathetic and depressed without sounding forced. This is him and he wears his emotions on the sleeve. This is something I donīt always enjoy, but if Iīm in the right mood this is good.

The sound could have been better, but as I remember most debut albums from Brit pop/ rock bands sounded a bit raw and unpolished.

The conclusion is that Pablo Honey is a below average rock album and it really doesnīt have the slightest to do with prog rock. Itīs not all bad though and Iīll rate it 2 stars.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars I guess that all these low ratings are just normal on a prog site. Too grungy probably. Too rock. Too straight forward. Too hype. Too pop.

But even if all those "toos" are correct, this is a good album all the way through. Starting with the great "You". An excellent opener which paves the way for the next song...

This album is of course overshadowed by "Creep" of course. A so special song. Some might be fed up with it, but I still have a lot of pleasure to listen to it. A rock anthem and an indelible mark on modern music giants like "Muse".

But to reduce "Pablo Picasso" to "Creep" is not fair. There are several great rock tracks like the punkish "How Do You". Seriously Pistols oriented. But I can understand that this one is not so popular on PA.But the band didn't ask for their inclusion here, so.

Their combination of solid rock and softer approach, is present in this debut. Their catchy pop, slightly rock oriented music is pleasant. Typical of those good bands emerging in the early nineties. I can't help: I just like "Stop Whispering".

One word about the closing section though. The enormous influence of one of the greatest bands of the eighties is deeply felt here. Too much ignored and (almost) forgotten. I'm talking about "Echo & The Bunnymen" (the same sort of influence is to be noticed on the closing track Blowout).

Their infectious and catchy pop style stroke again during "Anyone Can Play Guitar". Another post-punk type of song (hence the title.) in the "Generation X" style. Another highlight.

The killing guitar sounds are truly gorgeous and another good pop song like "Ripcord" is just an example of how the band can solidly rock you. And even if songs as "Vegetable" or "Prove Yourself" are not outstanding, they are still good rock songs.

Of prog music, there is nothing to speak about. But I won't decrease my rating for this. This album is available for review on PA and my rating is three stars (even seven out of ten if I could). A fine rock album. Probably not as innovative as their later releases but a very good start.

Review by progrules
2 stars The trick with this debut by Radiohead is how to approach it. Radiohead wasn't included on PA because of this release but because of some later releases that were far more progressive. This is also the reason why I will keep the review short.

Radiohead plays some straightforward Britpop on this album, no more and no less. It's just the second half of last song Blow Out that has some slight progressive elements. Second track Creep is by far the most famous song here but one I can't hear anymore after more than 100 listenings. This song is far from bearable to me. It gets on my nerves and works extremely boring by now to endure. So the weakest track by far as far as I'm concerned. The rest isn't that bad really and like I said, if you happen to like Britpop in the vein of Oasis you could easily buy this album. If you don't and look for something progressive, leave it. Two stars because of this.

Review by tarkus1980
2 stars This album isn't so much bad as it is largely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. There are some aspects of it that give a good preview of what would come in later years, but at its core it's basically a generic 90's alternative album. If you grew up on 90's alternative, this might not seem like a bad thing, but that sure isn't something I would want to actively seek after. To me, and many others, this is definitely a case of a mediocre album that few would remember if it didn't come from a band that would later make a huge critical and commercial impact.

The album more or less gets off to a good start with the first two tracks. "You" seems a bit too saturated with rather pointless heaviness for my tastes (a big problem with much of the album), but I do like the shiny quiet guitar line that opens the song and pops up in bits here and there later, and the song does have some decent (if a little cheap) anthemic qualities to it. "Creep" ended up as a minor hit for the band, and even if I don't feel any real connection with the lyrics, it does have what I consider the album's most fascinating moment. Yup, my favorite part of the album is that bit before the chorus where the heavy guitar sound plays two quick notes in succession, like the song's being shot or something, then pauses, then plays those notes again right before going into the chorus. It doesn't make the song brilliant or anything, but it makes me want to listen to it again.

The rest of the album seems like one mildly bland generic song after another, with maybe one or two exceptions. The songs aren't much worse than the first two of the album, but the first two weren't so hot in the first place, so that's not a compliment. "Stop Whispering" lets up on the heaviness just enough to allow a decent dose of songwriting to shine through (Thom is REALLY going for a Bono-style delivery here, too), and "Prove Yourself" is a decent enough two minute song (however much of an irresponsible call for its listeners to kill themselves it might be), but the other songs don't do much for me. I admit to being intrigued as to the use of a guitar sound in "Anybody Can Play Guitar" that sounds uncannily like it's from the second side of David Bowie's Heroes, but that and the namedrop of Jim Morrison are the only moments in the song that hold my interest. As with seemingly most Radiohead fans, I just can't enjoy this one so much. I can put it on as background noise, and some of the tracks have aspects I enjoy, but I could never consider this as a lost gem or anything like that. For completists only.

Review by zravkapt
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
1 stars On this, the debut album from Radiohead, the band is not sure if wants to be grunge or britpop. So they try to be both. These guys formed in the late 1980s and named themselves after a Talking Heads song. There is almost nothing here that gives you a hint of what Radiohead will sound like in the future. On top of that, most of the songs are not very good to begin with. The big hit here of course being "Creep", a song the band would later be embarrased of. It's a shame that as late as Kid A/mnesiac, these guys were still known as "that band that do that Creep song".

"Creep" is actually a good song but it suffers from being overplayed. The only other song that is as good is the opening "You". If the rest of the album was as good as those two songs, then this would be something worth hearing. But as it is, it is not something that anyone other than a Radiohead diehard would want to hear. "Prove Yourself" is not too bad. The verses of "Anyone Can Play Guitar" are good, but the chorus is lame. I can't believe they released "Stop Whispering" as a single/video. What a pathetic attempt at a hit single. You will never see a blonder Thom Yorke than the one in the video for this song.

I remember that when this first came out, everybody loved "Creep" but thought they were trying to copy the American grunge bands. The Bends took many by surprise, and OK Computer even more so. This is only for Radiohead fans who wonder what their first album sounded like. Of no interest to anyone else. 1 star.

Review by Warthur
4 stars It's often sniffed at by those who are more taken with their later albums, but I always found Radiohead's Pablo Honey to be an intriguing debut album which successfully blends the American grunge style with early Britpop and incorporates into that mix a subtle touch here and there which proves that even at this early stage of their career, Radiohead were more inclined to experimentation than many of their contemporaries.

Little touches like the organ on Thinking About You or the angry, frustrated guitar line contrasting with the otherwise gentle and placid performances on Creep may be minor embellishments, but they show a band who understands how such a minor embellishment could completely transform a song. So on the whole I'm going to vote with my heart instead of my head and give this four stars.

Review by Chicapah
3 stars 'Twas back in '06 that I stumbled across this site while wasting time browsing the web at work. I was tickled pink to find that there were millions of above-average-intelligence-endowed human beings scattered across the globe who still revere the bands and artists that I intently listened to in the 60s and70s as much as I do. It gave me an opportunity to express my adoration for Yes, Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull, etc. with others who would readily understand and appreciate the attraction they hold for me to this day. It also opened my ears up a whole new world of ever-expanding progressive rock I didn't even know existed by exposing me to a myriad of groups and individuals that were proudly carrying the prog banner into the 21st century. One band that I'd been curious about was Radiohead. When their 3rd album was nominated for the Grammy's Album of the Year award I remember feeling a little embarrassed that I had absolutely no clue what they were about. When I saw that a host of respectable folks on P.A. considered them somewhat proggy and had penned favorable reviews about their work I sprang for a copy of "OK Computer" and slapped on the headphones.

Now I may be getting old but I'm no fogy. I like off-the-wall, discombobulating artistic endeavors as much as the next progger. I find Zappa's freak outs, King Crimson's eclectic excursions and Gentle Giant's strange concoctions (just to name a few purveyors of that ilk) delightful more often than not so something being labeled as unconventional will never keep me from approaching it with an open mind. Anywho, I must've listened to that record a dozen times just to make sure that I wasn't missing something vital but nothing changed my bottom line. As much as I wanted to like it, I hated it. I won't belabor the point but if you really want to know my opinion of it look up my brief, exasperated review. Whatever it was that drew other proggers in was repelling me like a spray of mace. I just didn't "get it" so I decided to live and let live and explore other prog fields for hidden gemstones (like what I found in Porcupine Tree and the Flower Kings). A year or so ago I was gifted most of Radiohead's catalog of music but those recordings just sat there unmolested until recently. Since the group is still around it occurred to me that maybe Radiohead and I just got off on the wrong foot and I should make an attempt to start our relationship over from scratch. After 7 years of ignoring them I decided to listen to their initial offerings with an unbiased mindset, starting with their debut, "Pablo Honey."

The opening song, "You," was a pleasant surprise. I was immediately intrigued by the 23/4 pattern (three measures of 6 and one of 5) and the edgy but full guitar tones. Thom Yorke's vocal style reminded me of Elvis Costello's so, being a fan of that man's early material, I dug what I was hearing. It's a good tune. "Creep" is next. I've always liked the self-deprecating honesty in the lyrical content and Yorke's impassioned delivery. Jonny Greenwood's brittle guitar sound betrays an underlying anger that has consistently distinguished this number as being extraordinary. Suddenly bringing a piano in at the end is genius. "How Do You" follows and it's a short-lived rocker that sports a punkish glam aura aka David Bowie from two decades earlier. An homage, perhaps? "Stop Whispering" is a highlight. I admire the unembellished production that surrounds it because it allows them to be exactly who they are. Thom's singing is on a par with Bono here while the song steadily gains intensity as it goes along. "Thinking About You" is another good one. Its stereo acoustic guitar attack is a nice change of pace and I detect a slight Tom Petty vibe running through it. It, too, is brief in duration but Yorke says all he needs to say and then closes the curtain without unnecessary ado.

On "Anyone Can Play Guitar" Nirvana's pungent grunge aroma is evident but filtered through a British sieve. Thom's enthusiastic sarcasm adds grit. "Ripcord" is next and it was at this juncture I started to grow weary of their predictability. I savvy that the distorted electric guitar motif is a sign of the times and that it puts a somewhat unique spin on their aural art but it gets to be too much too often. I can tell there's a progressive arrangement underneath the assorted noises but it's hard to decipher a purpose. "Vegetable" has another odd time signature. The verses are presented in 10/4 but once again Jonny's overly-aggressive guitar work makes it difficult for me to enjoy the tune's quirkiness. But then things get better. "Prove Yourself" owns a nostalgic folk rock hue that brings to mind some of the interesting experimentations that the Byrds were dabbling in during the 60s. Not quite but sorta. "I Can't" follows and I hate to keep bringing up other groups but on this cut either the Gin Blossoms influenced Radiohead or vice versa. I'm not complaining, though. I like straightforward, no-nonsense rock delivered with a dash of attitude and this song fits the bill. "Lurgee" is excellent. It's quite simple but it projects a slow-mounting atmospheric tension that pulls me right in as the poignant lyrics are aimed at the heart. They exit with "Blow Out," a tune with a shockingly subtle, semi-jazzy mood that entices. Their manipulation of the composition's dynamics makes this one of the most engaging songs on the album. The ascending "A Day in the Life" -like stacked guitar effect plants a true exclamation point on the finale.

Released on February 22, 1993, "Pablo Honey," aided greatly by the popularity of their dark single, "Creep," did pretty well for an unknown entity's first go 'round the block. While I have no doubt that it was their later, more unorthodox recordings that earned them the designation of being a crossover prog act, I found this album to be melodic yet brave at the same time. I have no idea what to expect on their sophomore effort but I'm happy to say that I'm glad I gave them another chance. This collection of tunes showed they had a respectable amount of potential. 3.1 stars.

Review by siLLy puPPy
2 stars After meeting in their high school years before they became the fab four of the 90s (Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) spent most of the 80s playing together under the moniker On A Friday and for a brief moment in 1990 as Shindig. They eventually changed their name to the much cooler RADIOHEAD when EMI signed them after hearing their demos. They released one EP called "Drill" and then quickly put out their first album PABLO HONEY. This album is one of those cases where you couldn't guess in a million years where the band would go from here. Yes, it's true there are subtle clues to their evolutionary path but this album mostly consists of grungy alternative pop songs that are often trying to be both but usually being neither.

Personally I really love the first two tracks "You" and the single "Creep" which was a flop upon first release but slowly "creeped" its way up the charts putting RADIOHEAD on the music map, however every indication from this debut album is that this was a one hit wonder destined to be forgotten as quickly as they had hit the scene. After all, this was the beginning of the alternative rock and grunge frenzy that shook up the status quo in the music industry and putting bands like Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam on the top of the musical mountain.

I find after the first two tracks that the songs are rather boring and I had to suffer my way through this to listen to the entire album just to review this. It's amazing how much they evolved from PABLO HONEY to "The Bends." The first two tracks are worth the price of admission as long as that price isn't too high but otherwise I can't find much else worth hearing here on a regularly basis. Luckily the band would evolve far beyond this mediocrity and offer the world a new kind of space rock. For this release, I say meh.

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3 stars First things first: There is almost nothing prog about this album. The opener, "You", alternates three bars of 6/8 and one bar of 5/8. That's pretty much the only prog touch on the album; none of the songs even breaks the six-minute mark (granted, neither did any of the songs on The Bends). There ... (read more)

Report this review (#1561094) | Posted by CassandraLeo | Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Poor old Pablo Honey. Like Opeth's Orchid, I think PH is unfairly picked on simply because of the greatness of what came later, not because it's actually a bad record. As everyone points out, this isn't progressive at all. It's an introspective, slightly sour-faced pop- rock record. But for my ... (read more)

Report this review (#280549) | Posted by Textbook | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Radiohead's first release in 1993, 'Pablo Honey', is vastly underrated. There, I said it. It isn't very deep at all. There's virtually nothing about it that is classifiable as prog. Except maybe for 'Blow Out'. But I think there is some promise there of the band that was to come. If you ta ... (read more)

Report this review (#239300) | Posted by Kashmir75 | Monday, September 14, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars One of the first albums that i heard from this band...and in that time was good..But On my present,and what i am searching For This is Really...Nothing A piece of music,easy,simple,and nothing to deal with prog music..we are in a what are we looking for?,influences?No,inspiration?f ... (read more)

Report this review (#202412) | Posted by JgX 5 | Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Radiohead's opener is not prog, and shouldn't be listed on these pages. However, while the band has later developed into the most important prog band of modern times (and singer/lyricist Thom Yorke into a modern day John Lennon), they cannot hide their past.Pablo Honey is a mediocre album in its ... (read more)

Report this review (#195006) | Posted by OT Räihälä | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

2 stars First of all, I love Radiohead, but this album is nowhere close to prog. Now I really like the tracks You, Creep, and Stop Whispering, but these are all rock songs in a vein similar to R.E.M. I consider listening to this album to be enjoyable, but I only listen to it if I'm not in the mood to l ... (read more)

Report this review (#192114) | Posted by evantate09 | Saturday, December 6, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I often think this album gets a bum-rap but the truth is, it's better than people give it credit for. Ok, it doesn't fit in the prog mold but it does contain great powerful guitar drenched rock songs with inspired melodies. The opener 'You' is probably the most prog moment with its 12/8-11/8 ... (read more)

Report this review (#169870) | Posted by La Villa | Sunday, May 4, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Grunge is a strong and agressive style of music, which progheads in general, I think, avoid at all coast. But Radiohead was inserted (unfortunately?) on this site, and we have to reply! But Radiohead isn't a grunge band as Nirvana or Creed; this debut is just an experiment with his classic br ... (read more)

Report this review (#114444) | Posted by sircosick | Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The alternating bars of 12/8 and 11/8 that drive "Pablo Honey's" opening track, "You," should have given some indication to the masses that Radiohead would not be forever content to dwell in indie rock's lo-fi world. Though a solid debut effort, "Pablo Honey" gives little indication that Radiohea ... (read more)

Report this review (#108267) | Posted by Open-Mind | Sunday, January 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am gonna be sincere with you all but i just cant understand why people excessively are rating this album so low. For me there is something very mysterious in Pablo Honey, it's depressing but hopeful at the same time, the melodies are intricate and beautiful . The guitar work is extremely sen ... (read more)

Report this review (#104566) | Posted by Quba | Tuesday, December 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Pablo Homey is an O.K. album, some songs are great, some aren't so great. But I think the main reason this or Drill haven't had good ratings is because they aren't really Prog albums, this is Radiohead's first studio album, this is before they started experimenting and producing such masterpie ... (read more)

Report this review (#69465) | Posted by | Wednesday, February 15, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars On a mainstream level, this is a great Album. It came out at when grunge/alt. started to flourish. On a Prog-level, I can't recccomend it. It's not up there with the likes of O.K Computer or Kid A. The thing is, they began as pure Allt-rock, then eased into the prog-genre, and albums such as ... (read more)

Report this review (#61556) | Posted by | Saturday, December 24, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A deceptive debut!! You wudn't have listened to this in 1993 and imagined that just 4 yrs later, radiohead wud release the greatest album of the 90's (in many ppls opinion) and one of the greatest albums ever (in my opinion) and you certainly wudnt have expected them to release an album lyk ... (read more)

Report this review (#33914) | Posted by | Monday, May 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars not prog-rock album but good grunge album,mostly melancholy and they give same feeling to you...NO bad songs here!!if you like good songs and crunchy guitar,you must listen... its perfect tune...and they show : they are not one hit wonder group.. some hints there(little progressive)...stop ... (read more)

Report this review (#33912) | Posted by DarkDream | Sunday, April 3, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I mean, RADIOHEAD is not a prog band... is a band of musicians that like to make music, that's all. This record is the prefect example of grunge, proto-indie and post-rock. The classic overburned CREEP is part of the "rebel alliance" of the early nineties that set us free from the tacky 80's, an ... (read more)

Report this review (#33909) | Posted by arqwave | Wednesday, March 2, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I should give this one 3 stars but I don't think most people here will enjoy it. It's just a "nice" little "grunge" album. It has its moments, but there's nothing essential here. I kinda like "Blow Out", "Thinking About You", and a few others, but they are not great. I'm not attracted to the h ... (read more)

Report this review (#33907) | Posted by | Friday, January 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Alas, Radiohead's debut has not aged well at all in any way. Momentary flashes of the group's later brilliance pop up occasionally (most notably in the horrendously-overplayed (yet still high quality) "Creep" and the wonderful "Anyone Can Play Guitar"), but for the most part, it's a group tryi ... (read more)

Report this review (#33906) | Posted by asuma | Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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