The Bends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pablo Honey in no way was adequate preparation for its epic, sprawling follow-up, The Bends. Building from the sweeping, three-guitar attack that punctuated the best moments of Pablo Honey, Radiohead create a grand and forceful sound that nevertheless resonates with anguish and despair -- it's cerebral anthemic rock. Occasionally, the album displays its influences, whether it's U2, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., or the Pixies, but Radiohead turn clich?s inside out, making each song sound bracingly fresh. Thom Yorke's tortured lyrics give the album a melancholy undercurrent, as does the surging, textured music. But what makes The Bends so remarkable is that it marries such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pablo Honey in no way was adequate preparation for its epic, sprawling follow-up, The Bends. Building from the sweeping, three-guitar attack that punctuated the best moments of Pablo Honey, Radiohead create a grand and forceful sound that nevertheless resonates with anguish and despair -- it's cerebral anthemic rock. Occasionally, the album displays its influences, whether it's U2, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., or the Pixies, but Radiohead turn clich├ęs inside out, making each song sound bracingly fresh. Thom Yorke's tortured lyrics give the album a melancholy undercurrent, as does the surging, textured music. But what makes The Bends so remarkable is that it marries such ambitious, and often challenging, instrumental soundscapes to songs that are at their cores hauntingly melodic and accessible. It makes the record compelling upon first listen, but it reveals new details with each listen, and soon it becomes apparent that with The Bends, Radiohead have reinvented anthemic rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/1995
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724382962625
  • Catalog Number: 296265
  • Sales rank: 11,197

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Planet Telex (4:18)
  2. 2 The Bends (4:06)
  3. 3 High and Dry (4:17)
  4. 4 Fake Plastic Trees (4:50)
  5. 5 Bones (3:08)
  6. 6 Nice Dream (3:53)
  7. 7 Just (3:54)
  8. 8 My Iron Lung (4:36)
  9. 9 Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was (3:28)
  10. 10 Black Star (4:07)
  11. 11 Sulk (3:42)
  12. 12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radiohead Primary Artist
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Colin Greenwood Bass
Jonny Greenwood Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Recorder
John Matthias Violin, Viola
Ed O'Brien Guitar, Vocals
Phil Selway Drums
Thom Yorke Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Radiohead Producer
Chris Blair Digital Editing, Mastering
John Leckie Producer, Engineer
Jim Warren Producer, Engineer
Nigel Godrich Producer, Engineer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer, String Arrangements
Ed O'Brien Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Thom Yorke Composer, String Arrangements
Stanley Donwood Illustrations
Chris Brown Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MASTERPIECE

    A showcase of near-perfect songwriting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Takes more than one listen to love.

    I bought this album because my friend is a huge Radiohead fan. I listened to it once to the end and thought it had two great songs "High and Dry" "Fake Plastic Trees". I never paid the CD much attention again until "Hail to the Thief" came out (over a year after I got The Bends) I gave it two more listens and now it is one of my favorite albums. (If your a FAN OF COLDPLAY THIS WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION) The songs are not as obscure as some of radioheads more recent releases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    8 years old and still fresh

    The Bends is the best album to play while driving around aimlessly in the middle of the night with the windows down. It hits you from all directions and will make you an instand fan of Radiohead. Standouts are the title track, Nice Dream, and Street Spirit [Fade Out]. 5 stars easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a sort of timelessness

    this album does no wrong...it's musically solid throughout with no real weak spots or no songs that are "just ok"...no, this album has it all! it's moody and emotional like a freak thunderstorm...some songs flash like lightning and some songs crash and boom like thunder in a glorious fury that is THE BENDS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Cd you'll never get sick of

    After Pablo Honey, a lot of people thought Radiohead was going to be a one hit wonder. With this masterpiece everyone who paid attention realized that they were one of the best bands in music. The Bends has amazing lyrics, and great hooks, leaving the listener absorbed into the sound. I think I have listened to this album more than anyhting else released in the 90's.

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