This album was really the only response that Radiohead COULD have had to "Pablo Honey". That album had the biggest hit of their careers to date ("Creep") and as much as I love it, it pretty much falls squarely in the Oasis mode of brit pop that was going on at the time. It's great, but it was safe. "The Bends" on the other hand, not so much. Sure it has a few hit ballads on it in "Fake Plastic Trees" and "High and Dry" but it also has the noise rock freak out of "My Iron Lung" to offset the quietness. Radiohead really began to step out of their own shadow on this one and more and more you can hear the work that they did on this album coming back into what they are doing today. Read more about the album below
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