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  • Rob

ON THIS DAY, 1995...

'The Bends' is the second studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on March 13, 1995. It marked a significant departure from their debut album 'Pablo Honey' and helped establish Radiohead as one of the most innovative and influential bands of the 1990s.


The album was produced by John Leckie and recorded at various studios, including Abbey Road Studios in London. It features a blend of alternative rock, Britpop, and experimental elements, showcasing the band's evolving sound and musical maturity.


Lyrically, 'The Bends' explores themes of alienation, disillusionment, and societal pressure. Frontman Thom Yorke's introspective and often cryptic lyrics and passionate vocal delivery became a hallmark of the album's emotional depth.


Musically, 'The Bends' is characterized by its dynamic range, intricate guitar work, and atmospheric soundscapes. Jonny Greenwood's innovative guitar playing, Ed O'Brien's textural guitar layers, Colin Greenwood's melodic basslines, and Phil Selway's tight drumming contribute to the album's rich sonic landscape.


Several tracks from 'The Bends' became classics for Radiohead, including 'Fake Plastic Trees', 'High and Dry' and 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'. These songs and others on the album showcase Radiohead's ability to blend accessible melodies with experimental arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics.


'The Bends' received critical acclaim upon its release and has since been recognized as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. It helped solidify Radiohead's reputation as innovators in alternative rock and laid the groundwork for their subsequent groundbreaking albums, including 'OK Computer' and 'Kid A'.

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