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Author's Rating
Vocals 7
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7
Production 8.75
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 79%
Member Ratings
Vocals 10
Musicianship 10
Lyrics 9.75
Production 10
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 10
Average: 100%
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Radiohead - The Best Of

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (06/09/08)
Radiohead - The Best Of
Record Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: June 2, 2008

While Nirvana led the way for grunge and Alice in Chains pioneered the trail for alternative metal in the '90s, Radiohead became the voice of ambient rock, a scene that rolled over from grunge and alt-rock concepts. Modern bands like Coldplay and Muse can look to Radiohead for laying down the groundwork that has enabled them to play what they play today. Radiohead changed synth-pop in a manner that made it relevant for today. Their latest release, The Best Of is a two-disc set of the band's historical set put out by their label.

Although, Radiohead just released their album In Rainbows five months ago, the timing for The Best Of coincides with it nicely. Radiohead have become such an music institution crossing borders everywhere that The Best Of is as welcoming as the members of England’s royal family coming to your country for a visit. People around the world are so conditioned to Radiohead making albums that if the band were to stop, it would feel like the breaking of a well-established tradition. Radiohead have become that kind of an institution where people are so used to them that it’s hard to give the band up.

Their instrumentation is often slow and repetitive like in their trademark tunes “Creep” and “Anyone Can Play Guitar,” but sometimes their art-pop inclinations take over and guitarists/keyboardists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien create angular channels and sunny chimes along the sinuous movements. Lead vocalist Thom Yorke cuts through the porcelain-like coating, and bassist Colin Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway zap the droning psychedelics with roving beats. The music can have an eerie resonance, a melancholic mood, or an upbeat swing trumping up the acoustic and orchestral shindigs. The chord progressions glide easily and the sleek rotations flow like sheets of ice. The songs can seesaw between sounding like a eulogy or a lament, but they always offer keen observations about the world. Through the masses of blurry fuzz will peek out York’s voice whose vocals often define where the melodic precipices are planted. Some tracks on The Best Of are fan favorites, including “Karma Police,” “High and Dry,” “My Iron Lung,” “Optimistic,” “Knives Out,” and “The Bends,” although the band has nothing from their latest release In Rainbows on the record.

Even though, Radiohead have amassed a vast discography, each track without a doubt sounds like what people have come to expect from the band. Radiohead stay within a certain sonic zone, although they do give themselves enough flexibility to stretch out their limbs while staying focused on their core sound. Some people have come to like Radiohead and others have come to hate the band’s music, but no matter which side of the fence your loyalty lies, you cannot deny that Radiohead are a music institution that people are not ready to give up.

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09:36 PM on 06/10/08
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good review but i really don't like the fact that your endorsing this especially due to the fact that radiohead rejected it
01:05 AM on 06/11/08
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I partly agree with you, but these really can't been considered as albums in the conventional sense.
Both CDs are just a messy attempt at making money - the biggest shame of all is the terrible tracklisting. People will buy this if they've just discovered Radiohead with In Rainbows, and it's a shame that they'll miss out on the hidden gems on almost every album. Down with EMI!
01:12 AM on 06/11/08
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Everybody, just do yourself a favour and get their entire discography. Like Rexona, Radiohead won't let you down!
01:01 PM on 06/11/08
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good review but i really don't like the fact that your endorsing this especially due to the fact that radiohead rejected it

that doesn't make sense. He's more reviewing the album and the songs that you, I'm sure, already have. Make your own decision and dont' let the band do it for you.
06:15 PM on 06/11/08
there's always next year...
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if it's a great band, and some of their best songs, why does it get a 79% ???? I don't mind people rejecting it because the band doesn't want people to buy it. based on the songs, it should have a much higher rating.
09:27 PM on 06/11/08
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if it's a great band, and some of their best songs, why does it get a 79% ???? I don't mind people rejecting it because the band doesn't want people to buy it. based on the songs, it should have a much higher rating.

nah, i disagree with that statement.

when i review albums anyway, i factor things in like the flow of the album, whether or not it is worth buying and other little things like that. if an album (a greatest hits one especially) leaves a bad taste in my mouth for one reason or another then a lower score is understandable. if these songs were released by Radiohead all at once on an album for the first time, then i'm sure it would get a much higher score.
08:57 AM on 06/14/08
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not the best of reviews, and its not really radiohead's latest release seeing as i don't think they had anything to do with it and it's definetaly not the tracklisting i would have chosen for their best of. Great band though.
12:15 AM on 06/17/08
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This album was released by EMI with no consent from Radiohead, after they left the major, only for the company to skim money from unaware newly acquired fans, on the wake of the success of In Rainbows.
And although it features some of the best tracks ever written, it still blatantly smacks of commercial operation.

And oh, unless in presence of concept albums, the so called album flow is absolute rubbish.
You can find the entire discography for under 40 euros. Do you need somebody to tell you what's worthier?
05:22 PM on 06/20/08
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I'm pretty sure everyone knows by now that Radiohead doesn't agree with this release. Just sayin'.
11:22 PM on 10/13/10
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Get the albums separately. This does not do the band justice and supports this shitty label.
10:43 AM on 03/23/11
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I really hope most people didn't buy this album.
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