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OK Computer by Radiohead
Released: Jun 1997
Label: Parlophone UK
Before the torrent of praise for this 1997 album, Radiohead had released a few moderate hits, opened for Alanis Morissette and were far from being one of the world's most revered bands. On OK Computer, they pull out influences as disparate as Miles Davis, Ennio Morricone, DJ Shadow and the Beach Boys, and flip their focus from inward despair to outward desolation, oppression and greed. With layers of arpeggios, distortion, electric piano, strings, even cowbell, the band take inspiration from the bleakest corners of the collective consciousness and create a haunting, brilliant beauty.
Stephanie Benson