OK Computer review by Radiohead

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  • Released: Jun 16, 1997
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 5
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 5.7 Decent
  • Users' score: 9.3 (242 votes)
Radiohead: OK Computer

Sound — 7
The instrumentalists sound like they are concentrating. No mistakes made. The reception on all the songs are not as bad as Oasis' "Cigarettes & Alcohol" (which includes a lot of hissing). The guitar melodies do sound rather boring and very depressing, which is not relaxing enough for a listener to relate to.

Lyrics — 5
Thom Yorke is not exactly Freddie Mercury. His voice does not fit in too well with the distorted rock guitars. He sounds like he is whining too much which is almost as bad as Fred Durst and Johnny Rotten. Still his lyrics cannot avoid laughs. "Airbag" - Thom sounds too much like he is struggling to do something in particular as he hits the chorus. Too much breathing in as if he is trying to swallow a fish bone. "Paranoid Android" - How can anybody take the opening line "Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest" seriously? If this song is based on Marvin from "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", what do those lyrics have to do with him? Thom needs to focus rather than rabbit on about different subjects. The last verse sounds more like somebody has been fired from some sort of job. "Karma Police" - rather a funny song about Thom getting his own back on a friend who has been put in jail. The first few lines are too much like "Stop You Robbers" from "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". "Fitter Happier" - the highlight of the album! It makes you think Thom sings like a robot, with a funny voice and comedic lyrics based on the fuss about some girl. "The Tourist" - 'Hey man, slow down'. In my opinion, those lyrics ought to be associated with a faster tune.

Overall Impression — 5
"OK Computer" seems to be much better than the albums Oasis released. The instruments seem to stay in rhythm. It has better reception. But Thom Yorke's voice and his ability to sing kind of ruin the album. The album is stuffed with dismal and dull songs, but smooth electronic sounds, which should keep the audience happy. But hey, it is "OK Computer" after all. Fitter Happier remains the highlight of this album and is probably the reason why this album is called "Computer".

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