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OK Computer (album) by Radiohead 

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OK Computer
OK Computer by Radiohead (1997)
Overall rank: 1st   Overall chart history
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91/100 (from 3,153 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1997 (1st)
Best album of the 1990s (1st)
Best album of all time (1st)

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Radiohead bestography

OK Computer is ranked as the best album by Radiohead.

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Members who like this album also like: Kid A by Radiohead, The Bends by Radiohead and Is This It by The Strokes.

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From souplipton 2 days ago
If any album ever made can hold a candle to Dark Side, it's OK Computer. Experimental and emotive is the greatest ways possible, OK Computer is an album that you can listened to 50 times, and still be able to find something new and powerful in each and every time. A true masterpiece.
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Sorry guys, but I just don't get it. This just seems like slightly depressing and ok music to me.
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From ERadio 5 days ago
All the feels. For a band criticized for losing its humanity in a wash of electronics and esoteric lyrics they sure know how to tug my alien-loving heartstrings. While I sit here, in a cage...on antibiotics.
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From khj11 05/19/2016 01:03
It's #1 album on this site for a reason. Beautiful album, paranoid android is one of the greatest songs I ever heard
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From ars2458 05/16/2016 19:01
I am a big Radiohead fan, and this album is one of their best. The only song that I have never really liked much is Paranoid Android. It is too disorganized for my taste.
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From corenfro 05/11/2016 23:32
“They’ll think that I’ve finally lost it completely. I’d show them the stars, and the meaning of life. They’d shove me away, but I’d be alright”

From the opening riff of “Airbag”, to the final ding of “The Tourist” this is a flawless musical masterpiece that is unrivaled and unparalleled. OK Computer is a perfect blend of creativity and musical proficiency. While Radiohead certainly has its influences, there is no question that the sheer breadth and intensity of this album is truly theirs and has no predecessor and, to date, no successor.

If there is any concern about the musical complexity of this album, rest assured a phd student from Michigan University published a 204 page dissertation “Coding OK Computer” detailing the music theory behind this incredible 52:27 minutes of bliss. It’s very rare that you see artists in pop music experimenting with microtonalism, atypical time signatures and frequent key modulations. It’s even rarer for an artist to do so with the satisfying success that is demonstrated on this album.

In the history of art, there are many masterpieces that can touch the soul, but very few that have the power to transport to an entire different dimension. The first two tracks provide the high octane liftoff to take the listener away from the ground of his otherwise meaningless existence; sailing into space. Then the guitar delays and reverb of the “Subterranean Homesick Alien” will certainly be enough to evoke longings for a distant planet on this journey through the finest hour long sonic cosmos.

OK Computer is all about distance - distance from society, isolation, and distance from the self. It’s simultaneously both detached, yet deeply intimate. It’s both incredibly melancholic and life affirming. All emotions are present in their most poignant form.

OK Computer is a piece of art that - like all great artwork - takes time to fully understand and appreciate. One listen will not do it justice, neither will haphazardly paying attention to it while you surf twitter or instagram or whatever meaningless things you do as a substitute for appreciating good art without distraction. OK Computer is not an album that you tell your friends about who are looking for a catchy hook or a headbanger.

There are many things OK computer is not, but what OK Computer is, is the greatest album ever recorded, in any genre, ever.
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From JLAwesome1 05/09/2016 21:33
Everything there is to say on this album has already been said...so I'll just join the choirs and say a stunning 10/10!
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From pablomusik 05/09/2016 15:32
Masterpiece!
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From sethmadsen 05/01/2016 20:00
I lived during this time... and am ashamed that I got into Kid A before I got into OK Computer. I remember Creep (I was like 10 years old and that even was played at dances and stuff, but OK Computer just didn't get attention). Not that that matters, but I'm very curious why in 1997 this album didn't explode the universe. Maybe it's cause I stopped watching MTV during this time, the radio didn't play it, and most people I knew at that time were unfortunately talking about backstreet boys.

Any way I digress. This is a great album that I didn't get into until maybe 2002 after I found Radiohead again with Kid A.
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Best Albums of 1997
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. Homogenic by Björk
3. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
4. Urban Hymns by The Verve
5. The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
6. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized
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15. Homework by Daft Punk
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