On only their second outing - 'The Bends' - Oxford's Radiohead fulfilled their huge potential, fashioning an album whose relentlessly downbeat tone was offset by an ability to formulate consistently winning melodies.


The title track and "Just" throw some customary rock poses, but for the most part the band displayed a far more expansive approach. Thom Yorke emerged from the woodwork with a new-found vocal confidence, revealing a striking falsetto on two of the album's strongest tracks, "Fake Plastic Trees" and "High & Dry."


The last three songs build inexorably to the stunning emotional climax of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" with a control and poise that showcased the band's new maturity.



  • 1. Planet Telex
  • 2. The Bends
  • 3. High And Dry
  • 4. Fake Plastic Trees
  • 5. Bones
  • 6. (Nice Dreams)
  • 7. Just
  • 8. My Iron Lung
  • 9. Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was
  • 10. Black Star
  • 11. Sulk
  • 12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Radiohead - The Bends


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