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Radiohead were one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to draw heavily from the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums. But the band internalized that epic sweep, turning it inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation. Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture -- borrowing as much from My Bloody Valentine and Pink Floyd as R.E.M. and Pixies -- instead of virtuosity. It took… Show more

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Jul 30, 2008 - soniraptor

"the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums"

What is this guy talking about? Has he ever listened to anything by U2 before Joshua Tree? Does he even know what arena rock is? When U2's War came out, U2 was still playing in night clubs.

Anyway, There is no comparing U2 to Radiohead. That's stupid. They are two different things. U2's music is simplistic and moralistic, whereas Radiohead's music is complex, guitar laden, with strange scales and time changes.

The problem with Radiohead is that they turn good acoustic songs into rock opera, overplay their instruments, and overproduce their tracks.

That's not to say U2 had no influence. U2 has influenced many artists, Coldplay for example. That's not a bad thing. That's how music has worked for centuries.

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Jun 04, 2008 - pobrien
Radiohead is a classic example of under appreciated pop rock

Yes they have a significant loyal fan base but just take a look at the other negative reviews. Their sound has a uniqueness to it that is refreshing in this era of pop repetition and tickets to a show would be much appreciated here!

Feb 26, 2008 - Zombie Chow
It's Like Tapping into the Mind of a Dentist's Patient...

I hear Radiohead and I get two things that pop up in my head:

1) I see whiney teenagers that grow into adults that complain about everything, surrounded by overly-agreeable friends. These guys who're so "fed up with the pains of society and the corporate machine that is enslaving us all". While in the same breath they use to explain how anti-starbucks and socially proactive they are they talk about the latest TV shows on primetime, and suggesting they go for a burger at one of the ultra-corporate fast food mega-chains...


2) That guy on the college campus that is so "Sensitive" and "Understanding"... But is just out looking to get his penis wet on some vulnerable easy young girl that wears her emotions on her sleeve. Sure he's got a guitar and can play every Radiohead song from memory, but when was the last time they actually said something that was originally their own thoughts and not some formula panty removing statement that has been refined from years of marinating in the same shallow empty sexual sociopathy they been soaking in since the first time they got bored of someone that wasn't themself...

Enough about Radiohead's fan base that I see and have to put up with on a daily basis. Let’s move on to the actual "music".
This is the perfect example of the rot that's in the music industry. Radiohead drones and whines their way into the pop scene being so "deep" and "experimental". To me, they are a pile of whine backed by a chorus of steel and cellophane being shredded by rusty antique machinery that's about six centuries overdue for a good oiling...
I think I could do better. Like Radiohead, I have absolutely no skill in singing and playing instruments, but I am sure with a consistent supply of hammers I can hit my feet enough and record whatever comes out of my mouth...
Whaaaaaa!!! Whaaaaa!!! Whaaaaaa! I'M SENSITIVE AND DEEP!!!! My feet bleed from the hammers produced by the oppressors of society!!!!

Hmmm... I think I am on to something here...

Jul 04, 2007 - josh
Simply one of the all-time greats

One of the greatest rock bands of any style and any era. Inventive, sonic, soulful, and powerful.

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