The Bends (studio album) by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 23rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 3,833 votes)
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Award Best album of 1995 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1990s (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (23rd)
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Radiohead bestography

The Bends is ranked 4th best out of 22 albums by Radiohead on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Radiohead is OK Computer which is ranked number 1 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 76,227.

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87/100 (from 3,833 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 87.1/100, a mean average of 85.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 87.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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90/100
From 11/29/2023 21:57
This is not perfect, but clearly very important album not only in Radiohead discography but in music in general. Here Radiohead stays true to its alternative rock roots, but going beyond its boundaries at the same time, improving everything from songwriting and song structures to overall concepts of tracks. It starts with explosive Planet Telex - one of the greatest opeing tracks ever. It has also one of the best closing tracks - Street Spirit (Fade Out) is one of my absolute favorite songs by them it is almost foreshadowing OK Computer with its depressive vision of present and especially future world, piece of music that you just cannot be not moved by. Thom's vocals are fantastic on this album, they especially help on more dreamy, melancholic tracks like High And Dry, Fake Plastic Trees or (Nice Dream). I also love the vulnerabilith expressed here on Bullet Proof... I Wish I Was and Black Star, this is just the type of music I love the most. It is important step in band's moving from typical alternative 90s rock to more art rock sound that made them legendary.
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80/100
From 05/19/2023 10:41
This is the groups first very strong album as they begin to experiment with their sound more on this release. In result of this, we get an instrumentally diverse display that is also one of their most accessible and infectious listens. This leads to some irresistible tracks like Just, Fake Plastic Trees and High And Dry. All of these showcase the potential the group had to go on to do amazing things and this release is basically a precursor to the levels they would reach on Ok Computer. I also think that Thom Yorke gives a brilliant vocal display on here with his ability to create emotion in the listener being really impressive to me. The group then back his voice up very well creating an almost melancholic atmosphere that could easily draw in anyone who comes across it. However, I do find there to be weak moments on here which don't have the same significance or impact as the better tracks which is what holds it back in their discography ranking for me. Overall, this might not be my favourite Radiohead album or the one I think is the greatest but it still has its moments and I can't deny how much quality is present on here.
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85/100
From 10/21/2022 14:54
Every time I listen to this i tink it´s their best, but then for some reason, it´s always behind In Rainbows, Ok , and Kid a in my memory. Maybe the other three have somo sort of better aftertaste.
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85/100
From 08/31/2022 03:21
Great album
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From 08/12/2022 20:17
Radiohead's best album. Whilst it has a distinctive melancholy sound it avoids being self indulgent like later albums
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90/100
From 08/07/2022 04:27
A really good record. Radiohead rarely misses. My favorite song on this record was High and Dry.
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From 04/14/2022 21:57
A strong sophomore effort from the one and only Radiohead, The Bends see the group improve leaps and bounds from their debut. With the emotional, heavy sounds of the mid-90's grunge and the deep sensitivity that really makes the band distinct, The Bends can be called the first true Radiohead album. From the powerful opening of Planet Telex, the reflective Fake Plastic Trees, to the magnificent closer of Street Spirit (Fade Out), there is a lot to be said on this album. Even the deep cuts like (Nice Dream) and Bullet Proof... I Wish I Was are incredibly strong tracks. Every band out there aspires to make an album as sonically wondrous and as massive of a technical achievement as The Bends.
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90/100
From 04/12/2022 14:53
The start of Radiohead's steep and remarkable rise to immortal status. What makes The Bends so incredible is that it has great qualities of an art-rock album while being able to stand amongst brit-pop and alternative rock albums of the time. The standard and class of writing here however puts this album way above those.
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90/100
From 04/02/2022 19:15
This album is the soundtrack to depression along with The Smiths- Queen is Dead. It's a very sad album and I don't listen to it much anymore because I'm a very happy person. However, the music is awesome and well written. It has a nostalgic vibes to it in some ways. Probably reminds people of the era in which it came out. I think it does deserve the hype and place that it reached. My only complaint is I wish Thom wrote happier songs. I would relate to it more.
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Best Albums of 1995
1. The Bends by Radiohead
2. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
3. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
4. Different Class by Pulp
5. Post by Björk
6. Liquid Swords by GZA/Genius
7. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
8. To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey
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20. The Great Escape by Blur
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