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Radiohead

OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review DVD

Review by Ron Fuchs

OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review takes a look back at Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer, which has been hailed as a masterpiece by many. It also was embraced by the progressive music community as a bright beckon in the endless mediocrity in mainstream music.

The bulk of this documentary contains interviews from various music critics (Mark Paytress, Barney Hoskins, Alex Ogg, Dai Griffiths, David Stubbs, and Jake Kennedy). They discuss, sometimes pander, the impact the album had on the entire mainstream music world. I noticed that they hailed the release as a return of progressive rock. However, true fans who don’t rely on mainstream borders know that progressive rock never really died. It just went underground and evolved.

Viewing this documentary made me appreciate the timeless beauty of OK Computer.  It is a fresh today as it was when it was released a decade ago. It is important to know that the DVD is an independent review and not sanctioned by the band. For the most part, though,  it’s very insightful and makes the listening experience even more enlightening. Also included in this DVD are some rare live performances. Those alone are worth the price of admission.

In closing. I would recommended viewing OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review to fans of Radiohead as well as fans of the more experimental side of rock music in general.

This review originally appeared at Prognaut.com.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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