Upon its release, Radiohead’s first album did not receive a lot of exposure in its native UK. But after lead single “Creep” took the US alternative airwaves by storm, Pablo Honey was re-released to a warmer audience.
The band’s second release is a colossal rock album. From the keyboard textures of “Planet Telex” to Thom Yorke’s melancholy coo in “High and Dry,” the album hints at the musical experimentation for which the band is now famous.
Considered by many critics as the best album of the ’90s, OK Computer officially launched the band into demi-god status. Songs like “No Surprises” and “Karma Police” reflect the textured nature of the album’s sound. The end result is a melodic yet sobering album that seemed to capture the excitement and uncertainty of the new millennium.
With Kid A, Radiohead exchanged pop rock conventions for electronic blips and free jazz. The album didn’t produce any real singles and turned off some of its fans expecting a continuation of the sounds of its earlier work. But, there is many a Radiohead fan that cites this album as the band’s finest work.
Amnesiac is comprised of additional tracks from the Kid A studio recordings and found the band continuing to meddle with jazz concepts and unorthodox song structures. It was both critically and commercially successful.
Hail to the Thief
The band’s most recent release easily surpassed even its own fans’ expectations. The album is anchored by the piano-heavy lullaby “Sail to the Moon” and first single “There There.”