OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]

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OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition]

180 Gram/Audiophile pressing
Gatefold jacket/2 discs
Printed sleevesRadiohead’s third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that’s almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British “new wave of new wave” band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose detai

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5 Responses to “OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]”

  1. Andrew J. Staudt says:

    Another record, reviewed by Andrew J. Staudt – OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]
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    Previously, while browsing through the reviews, I noticed a common theme in the suprising amount of negative responses this album has gotten. The reviewers who wrote them seemed for some reason angry at the fact that so many people enjoy this album. I was appalled by the number of people who seemed to have no respect for other people’s opinions. The thought that all the people are “just faking” liking the album to seem cool and hip is just absurd. They seem to be infuriated that many people seem to genuinly like something that they do not, and failing to realize that opinions are subjective, are drawn to the rash conclusion that everyone else is wrong, stupid, or “faking it”. These people need to realize that it is ok not to like an album that many other people like. Please don’t critisize others for their opinions, even if they differ from your own, for it is the exact nature of our free will that allows us to have differing thoughts and feelings when interpreting art, or anything for that matter. Without this gift, we would be nothing but mindless robots, without the freedom of choice or individual thought.That being said, OK Computer is one of my favorite albums. Each track on the album has the ability of conjering up different emotions, and by the end, the emotional wirlwind leaves me dizzy. The album’s central theme of encountering genuin beauty in our world of technology, yet being unable to shake a certain feeling of unease, comes across perfectly. It’s funny that the people who are angered by this album may be the people it was really geared towards. It attempts to send the message that you don’t have to be compliant all the time: treasure your individuality, don’t let anyone take it away from you. At least that’s what I got from this album, which brings the point across beautifully with it’s layered sounds and melodic, peircing, and haunting vocals. I’m genuinly moved by this album everytime I listen to it. For those that think I’m saying this just to be hip, and cannnot and do not want anyone to have opinions different than their own, I’m with Tom Yorke in saying “We hope that you Choke.”

  2. 16x9 aspect ratio says:

    Another record, reviewed by 16×9 aspect ratio – OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]
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    I agree with another reviewer that this CD deserves an average rating of 5 stars and not 4.5. This album is a masterpiece and will go down in history as one of the greats of the 90’s. What’s interesting about Radiohead is that they weren’t as commercialy succesful as other bands from the 90’s yet they remain one of the most powerful and original bands out there. Most people don’t realize that after their monstrous hit “Creep” Radiohead produced their best music.This indeed is an album and not just a collection of songs. From the first track “Airbag” all the way to the sixth track “Karma Police” the album flows seamlessly with emotional continuity and thought. Thom Yorke’s lyrics are haunting and deeply symbolic. From rich layerd guitar sounds, out of this world keyboard riffs and of course Thom’s unforgettable vocals the sound of this album is unforgettable. I must have listened to this CD hundeds of times and it never gets old because there is always something new for me to discover. What’s great about OK Computer is that it combines the experimentation of Kid A and Amnesiac and the brilliant guitar work of The Bends. Ok Computer won’t disappoint and belongs in your music library.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another record, reviewed by – OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]
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    If it is possible for (less than) an hour’s worth of music to encapsulate all that is misguided, shallow and spiritually vacant about the foundations that modern Western society is built on, it is Radiohead’s masterpiece, OK Computer. Intense, uncomfortable, dark and moving, OK Computer is the culmination of an incredible progression from the relative mediocrity of Pablo Honey, through the flawed brilliance of The Bends to an astounding third album which they may not be able to surpass. Apparently Thom Yorke almost went mad trying to decide the track order, but from the opening bars of Airbag, with it’s uncomfortable, frankly bizarre, guitar line, to the microwave oven’s ring that marks the end of The Tourist, the whole is incontestably a journey of the brain, the heart and the senses that seems to make perfect sense. The manic, Bohemian Rhapsodiesque apocalyptic soundtrack that is Paranoid Android still renders me speechless today. The pure beauty of the final chorus of Let Down, the frazzled mute trumpet solo on Climbing up the Walls, the fact that Johnny Greenwood seems to have reinvented the guitar and above all Thom Yorke’s unutterably beautiful voice throughout, leaves you questioning quite where five middle class blokes from Oxford discovered the ability to move you so much. Before OK Computer, yuppies networking were an irritating banality. After OK Computer they are pure evil. My eyes have been opened…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Another record, reviewed by – OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]
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    Can it really be 7 years and three albums since I began college and adopted “Creep” as my personal anthem of alienation? Forget Thom Yorke; that song was about ME, damnit-LOL! I heard it and projected my own angst and depression onto the lyrics.However, I have to admit that, following the success of “Creep”, I didn’t pay much attention to Radiohead. “The Bends” came and went, and the only song I liked from that record was “High and Dry”.Then came 1997 and “Ok Computer”. Rave reviews and the standout singles “Karma Police” and “No Surprises” piqued my curiosity, which finally got the better of me when I finally went out and bought the album. Upon first listen, I was far from impressed. Aside from the aforementioned singles, I liked “Subterranean Homesick Alien” on the level that one likes any old radio single (i.e., it was catchy, and caused me to hit repeat on my CD player several times). But the rest of the album seemed, somehow, unreachable.Fast forward a few months later, when I popped OKC into my CD player again, and listened to it from start to finish for the first time since I bought it. Where before, I found the jolting guitar at the start of “Airbag” disconcerting, I now took comfort in it. Suddenly, I was able to see the epic beauty of “Paranoid Android”. “Subterranean Homesick Alien” became more than just another radio song; I finally heard and understood the simultaneous tranquility and desperation in its lyrics (Yorke makes alien abduction sound like quite the sublime experience). “Exit (Music For A Film)” and “Let Down” proved exquisite in both their pain and their majesty. And, on “Lucky” and “The Tourist” I found songs in which I could literally lose myself. Most importantly, I found a moment in each song that touched my soul (when Thom Yorke sings “it’s going to be a glorious day” for the second time on “Lucky”; or when the chanting begins on “Paranoid Android”; or Yorke’s sweet scream of “you’ll know where you are” near the end of “Let Down”). Now, I understood what all that raving was about at the end of 1997, when critics tripped over themselves to praise this album as one of the decade’s best. It would be another four or five listens before I could fully process the thematic content of the lyrics on the album. Once I did, the power of the album truly struck me. On OKC, Radiohead vocalize the anxieties we all share about living in this microwaved age, but are too scared or deadened to verbalize ourselves. Are we sacrificing our humanity at the altar of technological advancement? Radiohead seem to reach a pretty bleak conclusion on OKC, but, in the end, the album moved me so much that I bought “The Bends”, an equally stunning gem. As with OKC, it took me a few listens to get into “The Bends”, but the thing I’ve come to love about Radiohead’s music is its very inaccessibility. It is NOT easy. It is (to employ an overused critical term) DIFFICULT.But I’m finally starting to understand that Radiohead are worth it. Worth the hype. Worth the pretension (real or perceived). Worth a permanent place in any album collection. Worth more than just one listen. Worth the work it takes to fully comprehend their albums. Most of all, Radiohead are worth the hope that rock music can do more than entertain, and even move. Radiohead are proof that rock music can still challenge our comfortable existence (see “Fitter Happier”), question our most deeply held beliefs, and leave us thinking long after the last note has played.I affectionately call “OK Computer” my learning album. I had to learn to love it, and I would not have had it any other way.

  5. Brock Brown says:

    Another record, reviewed by Brock Brown – OK Computer [2 LP] [Limited Edition] [Vinyl]
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    Probably one of the most annoying things that people tend to bring out in their statements about Radiohead is how often they completely glorify OK Computer, yet totally disregard the later efforts and recent works, such as Kid A and Amnesiac. As a fan of Radiohead who’s loved just about everything the band has churned out (not all of it, but most of it), I can attest that yes OK Computer is a good album, one of the greatest in fact.
    However, the height that many people bring it to is sometimes sickening, as I hear some mentioning that it practically classifies itself as a spiritual movement and not a musical effort. Although it isn’t quite that, I do believe that it is perhaps one of the best rock albums of all time. Don’t think for a second though that it’s the most influential rock album of the 90’s, not a chance in hell it stands as that.But before we delve into the crazy world brought about by Radiohead in their computerized and synthesized mixing, let us briefly touch ground as to what made OK Computer so truly defining of its time and so openly received at that.
    Originally, Radiohead wasn’t exactly what one would describe as an innovative band, far from it in fact. The first album put out by the group from Oxford England was in fact nothing but a drudgery of alternative rock and grunge rifts, which hits the ear nicely. But otherwise it wasn’t truly breakthrough, unique or innovative.
    Their second work, The Bends, was closer to the style of music given in OK Computer then the first album, but like Pablo Honey, The Bends often fell into a tired and true form of rock music that was pleasing to listen to but never truly different.
    Keeping those thoughts of this fan in mind, you can come to OK Computer and appreciate the album for what it is, not a spiritual movement, not an orgasmic undertaking, but a unique and defining piece of art for the group of British rockers.
    Commonly you can look at a band, a truly good band mind you, and understand their style and describe it in a simple few words. U2 can be described as uplifting, happy and timeless. R.E.M. can be described as moving, sharp and poppy. After OK Computer hit the streets, Radiohead could be described as abstract, dark and thoroughly epic.One of the most amazing aspects of the album is that in listening to it you don’t feel as if you’re going through the motions of a CD with one song coming up after the next. Rather you feel as if you’re transported to a strange and unique world to watch a series of failures and technological rifts unfold in the guise of loveable characters.
    Starting right out the first song “Airbag” delves right into the band’s transformed song-writing immediately, not even bothering to humor the listener with a bridge into the style of old that the band formerly lurked around.
    Kicking it off with a guitar rift that is astounding to listen to and a bass intersection that becomes the beat of the song, “Airbag” stands out as one of the greatest songs that Radiohead has ever made. The drums crash and ping into the rhythms of the guitars and bass, and at the climax all other sounds break off leaving only the bass and guitar to face off in a contest of making the strangest sounds out of sheer playing.Continuing on with the second song we come to what is the masterpiece of Radiohead’s definitive career in my humble opinion, and if you take this album for a whirl you’ll probably agree. I am of course talking of “Paranoid Android”.
    In the first half of the dark track every odd sound that could be imagined comes into play, from sambas and maracas to computerized background vocals. Foreboding lyrics such as “Ambition makes you look very ugly” and “When I am king you’ll be the first against the wall” litter the entire track, and it inspires thought and provokes startling images not yet found in other music I’ve heard. And then in the middle of this grand, majestic, devious song the band explodes in a barrage of anger and aggression. Fast guitar rifts and tumbling drums utterly come out of nowhere and sweep the listener away.
    The song goes on for quite a long time, almost 7 minutes in fact, but it feels like seconds, and you’ll probably end up listing to it over and over again.Yet, make no mistake; “Paranoid Android” and “Airbag” aren’t the only two tracks that make OK Computer such a fun album to listen to, far from it in fact. The rest of the CD is a wonderful ride through the abnormal world of computers and technology and society’s grip with these science fiction elements.
    Subterranean Homesick Alien is a bizarre and very quirky song with echoing guitar rifts and odd keyboard playing that makes this song tend to stand more on the lighter side for the entire CD.
    “Exit Music (For a Film)” is a deeply moving slow and acoustic track that finishes off with an electronic guitar that seems to glow with self-contempt and anger.
    “Let Down” is a medium paced and pleasant song that has superb lyrics and ingenious use of keyboards. “Karma Police” is sheer genius, a musical masterpiece of our time that is delightfully mischievous and ultimately about revenge.
    “Fitter Happier” is a computerized voice and assortment of electronic sounds coming together in narrative that speaks of the perfect era of life and the lack of imperfection that comes with it. Truly it is the social core of OK Computer that speaks of the flaws that come with government control over humanity. The rest of the tracks are in their own rights, amazing, and probably some of the best songs I’ve heard in my entire life, or will ever hear for that matter. They don’t quite stand out like the first portion of the CD, but that doesn’t make them any less great, just not recognized.Really when you come down to OK Computer, you are looking at a CD that has perfect music and perfect vocals, you really can’t cut it any other way. But as it stands, OK Computer never really struck me as an album that would stand out as a defining point in the period of our music that would shape and innovate the way other artists preformed their own music. Quite simply, it’s just too damn daring, too sharp for others to pick up successfully. If you look at current bands that get played on MTV, you’ll probably shake your head in agreement.
    But that necessarily isn’t a bad thing at all, quite a good thing in fact from my take. OK Computer was an astounding period in the life of Radiohead because it brought the band away from the carbon copy rock and roll that it had a tendency to slip into with the past albums. With the electronic keyboarding and computerized voices it stands out as the album that heralded the era of Kid A and Amnesiac. With this piece Radiohead created what they were, and nobody has had the guts to take that away from them or dispute that they’ve a clear style of their own that stands apart from the rest.
    If you’re looking for good music to listen to, keeping in mind that this isn’t an uplifting work and also feeling that you want to get into something more unique and personal, then OK Computer is the way to go.
    But for most fans of mainstream rock and roll, you may find that Radiohead is a bit too daring for your tastes, a little too quirky and symbolically heavy to listen to as opposed to lighthearted and catchy driving tunes.

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