(Copyright 1998. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

January 26, 1998

--- Review ---

Radiohead's 'OKComputer' release won't make listeners choke

KATHLEEN HAYNES
Tattoo Staff Writer

Are you bored with Top 40 hits? Are you
disgusted by the sounds record companies are
trying to pass off as music? Then the United
Kingdom has your solution: Radiohead. 
 
With the release of their third album,
'OKComputer,' Radiohead has surpassed almost
everyoner's expectations and set the music world
abuzz. And with good reason. 'OKComputer' has
all the qualities that make an album
exceptional.
  
Musically and lyrically, it is a masterpiece.
Thom Yorke (vocals) and his crew outdid
themselves and music lovers are now thanking him
for it. Therefore, so what if the CD-insert
declares, "We hope you choke."

With the sometimes-layered, sometimes-acoustic
guitars of Ed Orquote Brien and Jonny Greenwood,
the underlying bass of Greenwood's brother
Colin, and the quiet but important drumming of
Phil Selway, these chaps should be given a
medal. We'll see what happens at the awards
shows.

'OKComputer' starts with Christmas-like bells
before it plunges into the depth of the album.
The thickness in the music can almost be held.

As Yorke and his droopy eyelid promise, "Either
way you turn/I'll be there/climbing up the
walls," the horn seems to roll out of the
speakers, and the guitar climbs as the song
climaxes.
 
The first single, 'Paranoid Android,' got
continuous airplay on MTV, due to its amazing
and alarming animation. 'Karma Police,' the most
recent effort, is extremely plain yet disturbing
all the same. Instead of showing a man hacking
off his limbs, as 'Paranoid Android' does, it
shows a man being chased by a car he eventually
lights on fire.
  
Despite the violent videos, 'OKComputer' is not
solely an angry album. Yorke proclaims "God
loves his children" and "We are friends till we
die." He has also stated that he is no longer a
grudge bearer.
  
Yorke claims, "He's given all he can/it's not
enough." If you are in need of an outstanding
album full to the brim with phenomenal music
than 'OKComputer' is it.

Radiohead have given more than enough.


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