Discographically speaking: Radiohead
With the impending release of Radiohead’s eighth album, it seemed like a perfect time to break out our semi-regular feature in which we rank a band’s entire discography. It’s worth saying this up front: I am not the world’s biggest Radiohead fan. But that’s why it seemed like a good idea. We won’t spend too much time discussing each album since that’s been the main purpose of the rock-journalism-on-the-Internet for the the past 15 years, so...
7. “Pablo Honey” – 1993
There are only two things I really remember about this album: “Creep,” of course, and that “I wanna be wanna be wanna be Jim Morrison” lyric. But unlike most bands, Radiohead got the U2-aping out of their system early instead of working up to it. Respect.
6. “Hail To the Thief” – 2003
The Radiohead album that sounds most like a “Radiohead album,” which makes it the least interesting Radiohead album.
5. “Amnesiac” – 2001
Obsessive Radiohead fans would likely rank this a lot higher. The rest of us listen to “Kid A.”
4. “In Rainbows” – 2007
The first half of the album is borderline transcendent. The second half of the album... has five more songs.
3. “The Bends” – 1995
Too many perfect singles to rank this one any lower. There was no need to continue with the standard Brit-rock stuff after this. “My Iron Lung,” “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Just” closed the book.
2. “Kid A” – 2000
The hallmark of a classic -- it is the best possible snapshot of its era (the millennial tension of 2000) and still manages to sound completely ahead of its time. The only Radiohead album I listen to with any regularity but still can’t put it above...
1. “OK Computer” – 1997
Here’s a theory: For casual Radiohead fans, this is almost universally the top choice. For those dangerously obsessive Radiohead fans -- you know, the ones that make you not like Radiohead as much -- it’s almost always “Kid A.” Which kind of Radiohead fan are you?
| February 17, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
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