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BMRA-Round 1-Ok Computer vs. Yourself or Someone like You

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Which One?

Poll ended at Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:59 pm

Ok Computer
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79%
Yourself or Someone like You
7
21%
 
Total votes : 33

BMRA-Round 1-Ok Computer vs. Yourself or Someone like You

Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Dec 25, 2006 11:59 pm

Radiohead's Ok Computer
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Using the textured soundscapes of The Bends as a launching pad, Radiohead delivered another startlingly accomplished set of modern guitar rock with OK Computer. The anthemic guitar heroics present on Pablo Honey and even The Bends are nowhere to be heard here. Radiohead have stripped away many of the obvious elements of guitar rock, creating music that is subtle and textured yet still has the feeling of rock & roll. Even at its most adventurous -- such as the complex, multi-segmented "Paranoid Android" -- the band is tight, melodic, and muscular, and Thom Yorke's voice effortlessly shifts from a sweet falsetto to vicious snarls. It's a thoroughly astonishing demonstration of musical virtuosity and becomes even more impressive with repeated listens, which reveal subtleties like electronica rhythms, eerie keyboards, odd time signatures, and complex syncopations. Yet all of this would simply be showmanship if the songs weren't strong in themselves, and OK Computer is filled with moody masterpieces, from the shimmering "Subterranean Homesick Alien" and the sighing "Karma Police" to the gothic crawl of "Exit Music (For a Film)." OK Computer is the album that establishes Radiohead as one of the most inventive and rewarding guitar rock bands of the '90s.

Matchbox 20's Yourself or Someone like You
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Yourself or Someone Like You turned out to be the standard-bearer for post-alternative rock because it has a '90s sheen in its production, but, for all the world, its core sounds like classic rock. Lead singer/songwriter Rob Thomas adopted some of Eddie Vedder's vocal mannerisms, but they were smoothed out, lacking the angst and pain that were Vedder's hallmark. Matchbox Twenty functioned much the same way, picking up at Pearl Jam's fascination for album rock, but deciding to stick to the classic blueprint instead of personalizing it. All of this resulted in a record that is much more straightforward than most alt-rock albums, even if it follows the pattern of a classic '90s album -- not just in its production dynamics, but down to the acoustic-based slow number that closes the record. It blends the most familiar elements of the two golden eras of album-oriented rock, finding a balance that is comfortable for mainstream fans of either side. Other bands with similar sounds that could have done the same thing, yet Matchbox Twenty distanced themselves from the pack with sturdy songs and fairly strong hooks, all delivered forcefully with Thomas' distinctive bravado. Their music is not flashy, nor is it as ingratiating as Third Eye Blind's pop instincts. It is, however, solid, American rock, reminiscent of a blend of Petty and Pearl Jam. So, it shouldn't have been surprising when the album found a wide audience. For many observers it was still unexpected, because the sound seemed a little plain. What they didn't realize was that Yourself or Someone Like You wound up being the point where mainstream American rock stopped being willfully eccentric and returned to being unassuming and kind of ordinary.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:11 am

OK Computer by miles and miles
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Postby Pokeyouindaeye » Tue Dec 26, 2006 1:17 am

This shouldn't be much of a contest.
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Postby davidmarver » Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:55 am

OK Computer ;-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:21 am

Definitely Radiohead here. ;-D
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Postby acsguitar » Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:44 pm

Why is matchbox 20 even on here
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue Dec 26, 2006 1:21 pm

acsguitar wrote:Why is matchbox 20 even on here


Exactly. Gee whiz, first it's Barenaked Ladies, now it's Matchbox 20? :-?

Radiohead is just one of those bands that flew over my head, but OK Computer should run away with this one.
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Postby statsman88 » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:24 pm

IMO Radiohead is a bit overated but they are still pretty solid, went with them
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:40 am

Not a big fan of either band, but God knows I can't stand listening to Matchbox now that their overplayed ten times over on the radio. :-P
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Postby Old_Style » Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:46 am

Dr. Duran Duran wrote:Not a big fan of either band, but God knows I can't stand listening to Matchbox now that their overplayed ten times over on the radio. :-P


are they still played on the radio?
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