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PABLO HONEY

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

2.52 | 376 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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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 fu..ing 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.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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