12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flashes of emergent experimentalism bring this melodic indie-rock debut to life. This early iteration of Radiohead might be straightforward by their later standards but you can still hear their leftfield instincts surfacing. The crunching riff that rips through “Creep” and “Blowout”’s yin-yang of lounge vibes and grunge noise demonstrate a willing to blemish and warp rock convention to create something much more interesting. Thom Yorke’s vocal is already assured too, delivering angst and pain with the penetration of a surgical scalpel on “Stop Whispering” and “Lurgee”.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flashes of emergent experimentalism bring this melodic indie-rock debut to life. This early iteration of Radiohead might be straightforward by their later standards but you can still hear their leftfield instincts surfacing. The crunching riff that rips through “Creep” and “Blowout”’s yin-yang of lounge vibes and grunge noise demonstrate a willing to blemish and warp rock convention to create something much more interesting. Thom Yorke’s vocal is already assured too, delivering angst and pain with the penetration of a surgical scalpel on “Stop Whispering” and “Lurgee”.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Droceankiddd ,

If you're a fan

If you're a fan, this isn't an album to be shunned. Plenty of great tracks that are a bit reminiscent of Jeff Buckley in the arrangements, ("you" could've been on "grace") and of course many just straight original songs.
If you're not a fan it may not be the best introduction. Still good though.
(Since when did iTunes reviews start having the tenor of YouTube comment trolling? Is no one regulating this stuff?)

Reaper Zeke ,

Perfect (to me, at least)

This is one of those very few albums in my collection that I call Perfect Albums - one that I can turn on and listen to from end to end without being tempted to skip even a single track. Maybe it's not the dreamy, ethereal, or even the downright bizarre Radiohead of more recent years; this is the powerful Radiohead of old, and listening to this album not only makes me smile but it makes me miss the days when Radiohead was a rock band.

101gabed ,

Start with The Bends

Hardcore fan here, if you're trying to get into Radiohead then start with The Bends. This album does its job by being a 90s grunge album, but that's just it. Radiohead is a band that goes beyond conventional limits and breaks musical barriers that most wouldn't dare to touch. Pablo Honey is the only album in their discography where this artistic bravery is absent.

Another issue here is that the album sounds like a big mess. Radiohead' albums are known for being sewn together with one cohesive sound and idea. Pablo Honey meanwhile, sounds more like the band trying to get a grip on what they want to be.

In a nutshell, don't feel bad about skipping this one.

Also Creep is bad.

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