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COVER STORY

Radiohead on Disc

June 03, 2001|ROBERT HILBURN

"Pablo Honey," 1993. An unconvincing start for the band, though "Creep" caught the ear of radio programmers because it fit so neatly into the alienation that dominated rock in the Nirvana era.

"The Bends," 1995. This follow-up didn't match the platinum success of "Pablo Honey" in the U.S., but it was a solid step forward that showcased the independence and ambition of a group whose full creative blossoming was only an album away.

"OK Computer," 1997. Thom Yorke's exquisite vocals in these icy tales of life in an anxious age were framed with lovely guitar and keyboard textures that sounded arty without ever being sterile. A hauntingly personal and profound work.

"Kid A," 2000. The free-floating, fragmented mood pieces seemed all ice initially, but the power of the band's vision gradually surfaced--at least for those who willing to spend time with it.

"Amnesiac," 2001. This companion piece to "Kid A" feels warmer and more instantly accessible than its predecessor.

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