Sound — 7
I am doing a review of this album purely because there's only one review done so far! This album deserves some credit for being the album that jumpstarted Radiohead's career. In totally unexpected ways however. Creep was not the way the band wanted to get started. Because of the overwhelming success of the single, they later wrote My Iron Lung (one of their best songs) as a response to the hype. The band now resents this album and it's very easy to see why. They rip Pixies and Nirvana rips left and right and pull off very typical guitar crunches. The most experimental track is Blow Out, with it's almost jazzy drum beat. The band says it's the best song on here and that's true. However my favorite is Vegetable, a great little pop tune. A very nice melody to it.
Lyrics — 8
Radiohead was writing unique lyrics from the beginning and that shows with Creep and Anyone Can Play Guitar. Creep is one of those 'self-loathing' 90's slacker hits that somehow isn't depressing at all but almost hopeful. Anyone Can Play Guitar gets pretty ridiculous though with Thom yelling "I wanna be Jim Morrison!", which is one of the most cryptic Radiohead lines ever!
Overall Impression — 6
Of course this album can't compare with other Radiohead albums. Possibly The Bends, but it ends there. They got a million times better within the upcoming years and just kept on exceeding expectations. Where other '90s bands faded out in a drugged out haze and made shitty, generic alt. rock, Radiohead blew away expectations (starting in '95 with The Bends) and became one of the best bands on the planet, 12 years in a row now!