What Album Was Radiohead ‘s High Water Mark?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by vinyl diehard, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever Thread Starter

    I know that Radiohead has had a successful career with many great albums. Which one do you figure is their pinnacle.
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  2. No Bull

    No Bull Forum Resident

    lots of great albums. In Rainbows is my current fav.
  3. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever Thread Starter

    Hail to the Thief is my favourite, showing much artistic bravery in persuing their own road.
  4. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    Kid A.

    A daring, emotional and immense masterpiece. But this is a band who have a career like a mountain range. Peak after peak. The valleys are simply the periods between records.
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  5. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    i think creep is a great single, and ok computer a great lp. if not mixed a bit "strangely".

    i never went "deep" on them lp wise.
  6. Kid A by a country mile.
  7. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Voted Kid A but OK Computer is right there with it. I think all of the albums have something to offer but they vary widely in style (think Bowie.)
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  8. YMC4

    YMC4 Forum Resident

    SF Valley, CA.
    In Rainbows was the logical culmination of their musical journey up to that point.
    rather selfishly, i wanted them to stay right there but the band has chosen wisely to keep moving and...more power to them :righton:
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  9. timind

    timind Don't blame me

    Westfield, IN USA
    I went with Kid A, but have been listening to Moon Shaped Pool a bit lately.
  10. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    Amnesiac. Took the cue from their previous high water mark Kid A and got just a little bit creepier and weirder.
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  11. CaseyJames

    CaseyJames Relaxed Fit Jeans Vibe

    The Bends is my favorite, but OK Computer is probably their artistic best.
  12. PhoenixWoman

    PhoenixWoman Forum Resident

    Lancaster, NY
    OK Computer, followed by A Moon Shaped Pool. (Seriously, no votes for the latter?) I love Kid A but find I have to be in the right mood for it, which by default knocks it down a notch or two.
  13. Matt I

    Matt I Forum Resident

    Lots of great albums and they all grow on you but Kid A seems to be the highwater mark. It is so adventurous and it flows so well.
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  14. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    difficult to pick one.it seems as if their career has had three maybe four phases already
    1.the first two
    2.ok computer-so great a phase of it's own.
    3.kid A through Hail
    4.the last 3 records.
    hard to pick one.
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  15. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    Kid A was my gateway album so a sentimental favorite, however as others said, there are many high points to date. I am optimistic that they have yet to hit a plateau.

    They also have a rich B-side/EP catalogue.
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  16. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    It's not the 1st album. It's not horrible, it has Creep, but I would have a hard time saying it's a good album. The rest of the albums are excellent. People say Rubber Soul or Revolver is The Beatles' best album. Maybe one of them are the best. But, Abbey Road is no lesser of an album in my opinion. I won't state which is the best Radiohead album.. But OK Computer is their Sgt Pepper's. Maybe not their best record, but it is renown as a special recording apart from the others.
  17. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    OK Computer by a wide margin.

    All albums preceding it have various good/great songs, to show the Promise Of A Great Band.

    All albums subsequent to it have good/great songs, to convey the feeling that they’re almost hitting that high level again, but just not quite.
  18. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Ok Computer

    But my fav is In Rainbows.
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  19. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    OK Computer with Kid A a close second. The Bends is my favorite.
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  20. RudolphS

    RudolphS Forum Resident

    Rio de Janeiro
    Kid A for me. I actually like '00s Radiohead more than '90s Radiohead.
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  21. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    There is something about all their previous albums I would want to change (either drop a song, or substitute one for a B-side that I like better) but as far as songwriting, arrangement choices, and track sequencing, A Moon Shaped Pool is perfect... possibly a bit too compressed in mixing/mastering, but so is everything of theirs since Pablo Honey! On vinyl AMSP sounds great and it's a straight-through listen, no skip-aheads
  22. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    The Bends is 2nd and In Rainbows is 3rd(although A moon Shaped Pool might catch it eventually with time). Seeing their Tour last Summer got me to finally buy the In Rainbows Deluxe Set. Maybe taking the Best 4-6 Songs from Kid A & Amnesiac and combining them into 1 Album would also make at least tied to 3rd for me.

    However, I am biased as my #1 All Time Favorite Album(by Any Music Artist) is:

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  23. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    The Bends
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  24. countingbackward

    countingbackward Forum Resident

    Montreal, QC
    The Bends is my favorite. It defined their sound as something all its own...not to mention the great tunes.
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  25. RudolphS

    RudolphS Forum Resident

    Rio de Janeiro
    Good to see Pablo Honey received 3 votes (so far). Never understood the bad rep for this album. Yes, the sound is very different from later Radiohead work, but taken on its own merits, as an early '90s alt.rock album, it's not bad at all. And from what I recall is that upon release it also received relatively positive reviews.

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