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Radiohead's 1997 album "OK Computer" is widely regarded as the band's magnum opus. Influenced by masterpieces like "Pet Sounds" and "Bitches Brew," Pitchfork called the groundbreaking, dystopian album the best record of the 90s. But some think 1995's "The Bends" is Radiohead's best work. From guitar anthems like "Black Star" and gorgeous elegies like "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Street Spirit," "The Bends" resonates emotionally with some listeners in a way "OK Computer" does not. Which record reigns supreme? 💿

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"OK Computer" was a watershed moment for Radiohead and rock music history. Twenty years after its release, Duncan Lindsay argues it "remains the most genius compilation of music ever created." 

Barry Walters, who reviewed the record when it came out in 1997, is still in awe of its stellar production and singular artistic vision:

Deliciously melodramatic with frenzied crescendos of massed guitars massaged into busy, buzzy orchestration, it perfectly contrasted with the wounded innocence of Yorke’s choirboy cry. Radiohead brought the noise of avant-garde rockers like Sonic Youth, but no one else had juxtaposed it against such exquisite singing that suggested mankind’s frailty, much less married it to studio craft that updated the painstaking aural architecture of bygone prog and krautrock...co-producer Nigel Godrich and the band created their own sonic world. 
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But although "OKC" is a groundbreaking concept album, some fans are still loyal to "The Bends." This record was Radiohead's sophomore effort, their shot at proving to the world that "Creep" was not all they had to offer. 

At New Music Express, Jazz Monroe called the record "fraught, compassionate...a melancholy hymnbook for alienated consumers." It's a pop album, rife with arena fillers and acoustic ballads that could bring a tear to even the most hardened hipster's eye. 

The last line on the album? “Immerse your soul in love.” 😥

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Phil Selway is #TeamOKC:
"'The Bends' is like 'Star Wars'—a neat, separate entity with lots of explosions but not much plot. And 'OK Computer' is 'The Empire Strikes Back,' more ambitious, more complex, with more loose ends, but ultimately much better."

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For some there's just no contest. #TeamOKC

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Some say "OKC" isn't just the greatest Radiohead albumit's the greatest rock record ever made.

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Though they're in the minority, "Bends" lovers defend the album to this day as Radiohead's best.

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"OK Computer" is a dark record. "Exit Music (For A Film,") Radiohead's contribution to Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" soundtrack, imagines the suicide of the doomed couple. Chills, every time Thom starts to wail, no matter how many times you listen to it.

The band was shown the final thirty minutes of the film and were instantly driven to inspiration. According to Yorke, “When we saw the scene in which Claire Danes holds the Colt .45 against her head, we started working on the song immediately.”
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But then consider the simple, gorgeous melancholy of "Fake Plastic Trees." If this song doesn't tear your heart out, check your pulse, because you may be dead inside.

FINAL RESULTS
Radiohead's greatest '90s album: 'OK Computer' or 'The Bends'?
A festive crown for the winner
#OKComputer
#TheBends
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