Thumped Album Club Week 48: Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)

The 48th Thumped Album Club selection is Radiohead‘s OK Computer, from 1997

Just in time for its 20th anniversary re-release.

OK Computer is the third studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 16 June 1997 on Parlophone in the United Kingdom and 1 July 1997 by Capitol Records in the United States. OK Computer was the first self-produced Radiohead album, with assistance from Nigel Godrich. Radiohead recorded the album in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997, with most of the recording completed in the historic mansion St. Catherine’s Court. The band made a deliberate attempt to distance themselves from the guitar-oriented, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer’s abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and wide range of influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead’s later, more experimental work.

On delivery to Capitol, label representatives lowered their sales estimates because the album was deemed uncommercial. Nevertheless, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and became Radiohead’s highest album entry on the American charts at the time, debuting at number 21 on the Billboard 200. Three songs from the album-“Paranoid Android”, “Karma Police” and “No Surprises”-were released as promotional singles. The album built on the band’s worldwide popularity and has to date sold over 4.5 million copies.

OK Computer received considerable acclaim upon release. Prominent British and American rock critics predicted the album was epochal and would have far-reaching cultural impact. In subsequent years, the album has been frequently cited by critics as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. OK Computer initiated a shift away from the height of Britpop’s popularity to the more melancholic and atmospheric style of alternative rock prevalent in the next decade. Critics and fans often remark on the underlying themes found in the lyrics and artwork, emphasising Radiohead’s views on rampant consumerism, social alienation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer is often interpreted as having prescient insight into the mood of the 21st century. An LP reissue in 2008 contributed to a popular revival of vinyl records, and an expanded CD reissue in 2009, apparently released without the band’s foreknowledge or permission, brought renewed attention to the album and its legacy.

Radiohead - OK Computer

So give it the usual three listens before commenting, either further down the page or over on the forum. All previous Album Club selections can be found at https://thumped.com/tac.

  1. Listening again:

    Airbag:
    Always felt very intro-y when I listened as a kid, never disliked it but didn't really get its depth and completeness until recent times. It is a beautiful vortex of proggy '70s, US alternative, shoegaze, and some of the then current trip-hop effects/production.

  2. Paranoid Android

    Still sounds as dynamic as it did at the time. The idea of a hit song of its length blew our tiny little teenage minds. A friend of my used to forensically unpack the lyrics, "kicking screaming gucci little piggy" etc. I think it is still a decent, epic Queen-esque pop/rock tune in a similar mold to Smashing Pumpkins at their contemporary best, and hearing it live in the RDS in '97 was a ginormous thrill. It is kinda corny but I forgive it its corniness.

  3. Subterranean Homesick Alien

    Very '70s acidy folky vibe off this, I never hated it but I've never loved it either. Lovely production but a bit of a slight song, especially in its company on this record. The "Uptight" sections tie it back to the 1990s neatly.

  4. Exit Music (For A Film)

    Again dripping in the 1970s, very Spanish (flamenco??) sound off this and various other Radiohead songs throughout their oeuvre, see 2016's Present Tense for a recent example. It's a ballad, slightly off-kilter but surprisingly conventional even with its doom-synth upturn. The lyrics are in some ways a 1990s counterpart to the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home", with added spite for good measure.

  5. Let Down

    One of the peaks of this album. I detested it when I first heard it, seems weird now, but to my young ears it sounded like atonal garbage. Now it is just a perfect dose of teenage melancholy even though it was written as Yorke et al approached 30. I love the soaring, anthemic vibe of this tune, it should really have been a ginormous hit independent of the album. The Byrds-y vibe of the song continues into an astounding late stage peak of bursting out of the quotidian ennui glory.

  6. Karma Police

    With a piano figure that borrows heavily from the Beatles' Sexy Sadie, this song was a huge and (in retrospect) odd hit and another peak of the record. The song's success was helped hugely by a very strong music video that did the rounds at the time.

    The lyrics are surreal all but nonsense basically pointing at not being a dick otherwise you'll get your comeuppance. IIRC the song was treated as something of a joke by the band but again myself and pals discussed intently the meaning of evocative lyrics such as "Hitler hairdo" etc.

  7. Been rediscovering the brilliance of Radiohead over the last few months and working my way back through their albums until I finally got to this one a few weeks ago.

    I think it's massively over-rated. It's horribly bombastic and overblown. At its best it's got some great sing-along tunes (Karma Police), at its worst it just sounds like Muse. Did this predate Muse? If so, then I hold Radiohead responsible for the Muse monstrosity. If not, why the fuck would Radiohead want to sound like Muse?

    It's the album that put me off Radiohead back in the day, after really liking The Bends. And at least I'm consistent in that I still don't like it. The ones that came after are much better. It's no In Rainbows, like.

    Am I wrong?

    Probably. The proof of this will probably be me singing along enthusiastically to every track off it on June 20th.

  8. Muse were a frail facsimile of Radiohead when they began in about 2000, 3 years after this album was uhm dropped.

  9. I can't really listen to this album anymore. It's probably one of the last albums that I absolutely listened to death and I'm just sick of it now. Though I can dip in and out now and then.

    I remember writing in the other Radiohead album club thread about having a love/hate thing for them down the years. The first time they lost me was just after this album came out. It was after that RDS gig that @Scientician 0.8 mentioned. That was peak Radiohead hype imo, and it drove me a bit nuts. I remember every fucker having a t-shit that said 'kickingscreamingguccilittlepiggy' that they got at that gig. I dunno, it was just saturation, and I thought there were better albums out around that time (peak brit-pop time too).

    The first song I heard from this album was several months before it came out. The first War Child compilation had 'Lucky' on it. I was obsessed with that song. The rest of the album, when it eventually came out, didn't stack up.

    I also remember the singles from this album being released in sets. There was at least a CD1 and CD2 for each. Possibly even a third for some. I bought most, if not all, of them. My next 2 favourite songs from this period of Radiohead were from the singles.

    The other was Palo Alto which I can't find any decent version of on youtube.

    Remember that video from Paranoid Android too? That cartoon. I remember that was an actual cartoon series that was shown on channel 4 around that time. And it was terrible.

    I might get up enough interest to listen to this again later. Not now though. And it is a great album. Just, I've had enough.

    4/5

  10. Aside from my older brothers, no one I knew liked Radiohead so didn't have any of that saturation.

    I'm interested in what age bands are when they record these seminal albums, so I just worked it out. Wikipedia says they began rehearsals in July 1996 so when they started they would have been:

    Thom York – 27
    Johnny Greenwood – 24
    Colin Greenwood – 27
    Ed O'Brien – 28
    Philip Selway – 29

    Album was released in June '97 so a year older by then.

    Now I know. Sweet.

  11. all the horrible jock arseholes were 'into' radiohead/this album round my way

    that's probably what put me off them forever

  12. I do like this album a lot but Radiohead Mk.1 (Pablo Honey to OK Computer) just aren't a patch on the Mk.2 model. Though you can hear the seeds for the later albums here ("Exit Music" is pretty much their future) and it works a lot better than Pablo Honey (obvs) and The Bends (which has some amazing tracks but has aged terribly). When the album veers more towards that indie rock style (like on "Let Down" [though that cool synthesiser bit at 3:30 is wonderful]), it drags but, even with huge amounts of overexposure, the singles are class and "Electioneering" is probably their best full rock song (fuck off "Creep"!).

    The paranoia and unease that runs through OK Computer is pretty timeless – hard to hear lines like "Your Hitler hair-do is making me feel ill" and "We hope that you choke" without feeling a bit depressed about the present political situation (and that was true in 1997 and 2007). "Climbing Up the Walls" is probably the best example of that queasy, unsettling dread. The effects on the multitracked vocals shift throughout the song, the strong beat is overblown, and the music is a heady much of clean guitars, fuzz and strange samples in the background. Fuck.

  13. Haven't listen to this all the way through in a long. Listening to some tracks now, It still sounds great. I keep thinking of a 90's/00's pink floyd. I have 3 radiohead albums and always keep an ear on what they are doing, but the relentlessly moany vocals have always been a bit of a barrier for me. Still it's great to see a big band that are pushing it with each album.

  14. This isn't the greatest album ever made, it's not the best Radiohead album. But it's 50% terrific, and 50% muddled tosh. But when it's singing, jesus, it's incredible.

  15. Don't know this as I've never been fond of Radiohead. In Rainbows was alright, but there's just something about their music I can't get a grip on enough to get into it.
    Are these the only band so far to get 2 albums in TAC??

  16. travispickle said:

    Don't know this as I've never been fond of Radiohead. In Rainbows was alright, but there's just something about their music I can't get a grip on enough to get into it.
    Are these the only band so far to get 2 albums in TAC??Click to expand…

    I'm sure there will be another Neil Young album or two.

  17. The only Radiohead album I've listened to in full (only once or twice). I gave into what my bro and mates were listening to for a little while and had C90 with this on one side and Manic Street Preachers (everything must go) on the other.
    I liked some of the deep kutz from the MSP album and Panaroid Android.
    I've related this story before here… I went with bro and mates to see Radiohead in Punchestown. Got bored and left the tent, wandered around the food stalls and bought a cup of tea.

    I should give it another go.

  18. The only Radiohead album I've listened to in full (only once or twice). I gave into what my bro and mates were listening to for a little while and had C90 with this on one side and Manic Street Preachers (everything must go) on the other.
    I liked some of the deep kutz from the MSP album and Panaroid Android.
    I've related this story before here… I went with bro and mates to see Radiohead in Punchestown. Got bored and left the tent, wandered around the food stalls and bought a cup of tea.

    I should give it another go.

  19. Let Down never disappoints.

    Sounds like Muse?! How dare you.

    This album is a tonic for the soul. I am unashamed in my love for it. 5 outta 5. Even when I think, "ah I can't be arsed hearing Paranoid Android or Karma Police again" once they start they are too good to not enjoy.

  20. I wasn't really on board with Radiohead when this came out, I didn't have anything against them but I wasn't that interested in most of the popular british rock music of the day. Of course I did hear OK Computer back then then as it was unavoidable, but I don't think I've listened to it at all since 1997 and I'm a bit surprised that all of the songs are familiar.

    Are Muse one of those terrible guitar bands that play moany rock ballads? If so then I get that comparison, Kodaline come to mind for me. It's better than that obviously but in similar territory. There's nothing here to suggest that they had an interesting career ahead of them, in fact it sounds more like they were scraping the barrel they were already working from (moany rock with big finishes) except with a bit more style and studio polish. The best songs here are the poppy melodic ones – Let Down starts off a bit worryingly but the chorus and general good vibes of it are terrific, and No Surprises is pretty catchy too.

    The rest as fairly lumpen and too moany for me.

    C- for effort.

  21. Just on this. Radiohead really caught fire with The Bends, but, if memory serves, a while after it was actually released. I don't recall people taking to it instantly. And it was the late adoption of that album, running into the release of this album, that created massive hype before the thing was even released.

    I can't think of any other band that have had the same levels of hype before releasing an album, particularly with little enough substance to back it up.

    Radiohead are grand and all. I just don't get the obsession. It's like there's some kind of legend born from myth that people just buy into. I don't get it. The same shite will be happening with the National over the next while, but not to the same level, obvs.

  22. Always been my favourite track on the album

  23. I’ll do my usual stream of consciousness babble.
    pre apology for the typos

    Airbag
    Not one of my favourites but a good opener. I like the bass popping in & out. The slight breakbeak approach on the drums has me thinking of DJ shadow's entroducing released in 96. I'm sure like a lot of indie white boys, the head were influenced by it. I like the sounds on the outro.

    Paranoid Android
    I loved this from the first time I heard it. It still sounds great. It’s epic & ambitious without being silly (not there’s anything wrong with that). Some beautiful detailed guitar parts. I love that phasey effect on the clean guitars & the solos. The percussion adds a nice touch as well. Cool bass playing.

    Subterranean homesick alien
    Wow, this is a beautiful track. Musically there's a lot of mid 70's pink floyd in there. That soaring pitch shifted guitar part sounds great. I think he’s was using a digitech whammy pedal a phaser & loads of reverb to send it into the stratosphere. Love the spacey fender rhodes tinkling. Some subtle funky drums underneath verses.

    Exit Music (for a Film)
    Not mad about this track. The typical bleak, miserable Thom Yorke vocal, more up front in the mix than usual. Was this used in father ted to make Tommy Tiernan depressed?

    Let Down
    I love this one. Cool melodies throughout. The chorus is really uplifting & catchy in a mumbly sort of way. I sing along without knowing the words. Nice 70’s style Prog keyboard sequence at the end.

    Karma Police.
    Great song. Just rock solid songwriting, An instant classic I suppose. Love the chord progression. Great drum sound as well. (The snare sound has me thinking of surfer rosa) I like the ghostly Ooooh’s behind “this is what you get”. And the analog delay oscillation going apeshit at the end.

    Fitter Happier
    Nice eerie interlude with cool spaceage sound effects & a guest vocal by Stephen Hawking.

    Electioneering
    This is an okay track, but it doesn't really fit the flow of the record. It sounds like a different band has gatecrashed the album. Its less “composed” sounding than most other tracks on the record. More of live jam approach & I’m don’t think this type of thing is their strong point as a band. Some nice guitar parts, but It’s a bit of a b side really.

    Climbing up the walls
    Bit of a triphop feel to this one…it’s ominous & claustrophobic. Loads of cool metallic textures in the background, strings being picked behind the nut… Gets a bit nightmarish as it goes on. Great scream @ 03:37.

    No surprises
    A ray of sunshine through the gloomy clouds. Cute music box guitar arpeggio intro.It’s a nice song, I like the sentiment but it’s a touch over exposed at this stage.

    Lucky
    Great track. I like the intro & the languid tremolo effect on the guitar, love that. The chorus soars…the slide part helps with that.

    The Tourist
    This reminds me of one of the over wrought ballads from the first Suede album.It’s decent, a nice comedown track. I like the blissed out feel but it’s not that memorable.

  24. I’ll do my usual stream of consciousness babble.
    **pre apology for the typos**

    Airbag
    Not one of my favourites but a good opener. I like the bass popping in & out. The slight breakbeak approach on the drums has me thinking of DJ shadow's entroducing released in 96. I'm sure like a lot of indie white boys, the head were influenced by it. I like the sounds on the outro.

    Paranoid Android
    I loved this from the first time I heard it. It still sounds great. It’s epic & ambitious without being silly (not there’s anything wrong with that). Some beautiful detailed guitar parts. I love that phasey effect on the clean guitars & the solos. The percussion adds a nice touch as well. Cool bass playing.

    Subterranean homesick alien
    Wow, this is a beautiful track. Musically there's a lot of mid 70's pink floyd in there. That soaring pitch shifted guitar part sounds great. I think he’s was using a digitech whammy pedal a phaser & loads of reverb to send it into the stratosphere. Love the spacey fender rhodes tinkling. Some subtle funky drums underneath verses.

    Exit Music (for a Film)
    Not mad about this track. The typical bleak, miserable Thom Yorke vocal, more up front in the mix than usual. Was this used in father ted to make Tommy Tiernan depressed?

    Let Down
    I love this one. Cool melodies throughout. The chorus is really uplifting & catchy in a mumbly sort of way. I sing along without knowing the words. Nice 70’s style Prog keyboard sequence at the end.

    Karma Police.
    Great song. Just rock solid songwriting, An instant classic I suppose. Love the chord progression. Great drum sound as well. (The snare sound has me thinking of surfer rosa) I like the ghostly Ooooh’s behind “this is what you get”. And the analog delay oscillation going apeshit at the end.

    Fitter Happier
    Nice eerie interlude with cool spaceage sound effects & a guest vocal by Stephen Hawking.

    Electioneering
    This is an okay track, but it doesn't really fit the flow of the record. It sounds like a different band has gatecrashed the album. Its less “composed” sounding than most other tracks on the record. More of live jam approach & I’m don’t think this type of thing is their strong point as a band. Some nice guitar parts, but It’s a bit of a b side really.

    Climbing up the walls
    Bit of a triphop feel to this one…it’s ominous & claustrophobic. Loads of cool metallic textures in the background, strings being picked behind the nut… Gets a bit nightmarish as it goes on. Great scream @ 03:37.

    No surprises
    A ray of sunshine through the gloomy clouds. Cute music box guitar arpeggio intro.It’s a nice song, I like the sentiment but it’s a touch over exposed at this stage.

    Lucky
    Great track. I like the intro & the languid tremolo effect on the guitar, love that. The chorus soars…the slide part helps with that.

    The Tourist
    This reminds me of one of the over wrought ballads from the first Suede album.It’s decent, a nice comedown track. I like the blissed out feel but it’s not that memorable.

  25. Anthony said:

    <a href="https://thumped.com/bbs/goto/post?id=1681447#post-1681447">&uarr;</a>

    <blockquote>I've related this story before here... I went with bro and mates to see Radiohead in Punchestown. Got bored and left the tent, wandered around the food stalls and bought a cup of tea.

    I should give it another go.Click to expand…

    "Anthony – A Life in Rock" promises to be a real page-turner

  26. "Anthony – A Life in Rock" promises to be a real page-turner

  27. Managed to get a full uninterupted listen to a whole album at work. That's a new record for me.

    I've listened to this one a lot. I know to a lot of people this sounds like some kind of musical wallpaper or curtain fabric but I think it was really significant in the era it came out. They'd sorta ended up doing something between britpop and grunge on the bends and another record like that and I've had probably have given up on them. Airbag does a great job opening things up. The guitars are working more like strings over beats. Probably one of my favorite intros ever. I often get into fights about radiohead being a psychedelic band – for my money they are one of the best ever. They are obsessed with timbre and not repeating themselves – they rarely make a record that isn't exploring some new sound palette. Everything has to be trying something new. If you take off one headphone on most parts of this album you'll hear this obsession. I also like that they found a good place between jamming and composition – things are put together really well, but a lot of it has the feel of something that came from improvisation. Later stuff allows more of the improv through. Anywhoooo overall I'd say 20 years later there are at least three of their albums i'll go to before I'll hit this one – but as a make or break statement its magnificent. Ignoring hail to the thief and giving people licence to ignore amnesiac (other than knives out and pyramid song for being amazing tunes) every album after this is probably better. Still easily giving it 4/5 – if they'd stopped here they'd be looking at reunion tours for megabucks right now, instead they are making better records than this – just this one gave them the choice to do that.

  28. I may have to buy this. Listening to it on youtube is an awful experience. I got halfway yesterday.
    It's all very familiar. Excellent guitar tones.

  29. Giving this a listen for the first time in years. Potentially the first time ever on headphones.

    The bass part on Airbag is deadly, it's not really a bassline, it;s like a bleepy bloopy part but played on a bass.

  30. I briefly became a massive fan of Radiohead for about 6 months back when I was about 13/14; my mates didn't seem to understand that it was possible to like NOFX and Radiohead.

    I don't really listen to them at all anymore but I put this on recently and was surprised that I still knew every single note of it. My fav song are Subterranean Homesick Alien, Lucky and The Tourist but it's all pretty great aside from Karma Police which I never liked; mopey 90's sing-along song, but i'll concede to the popular vote on that one. I remember noticing way back when how the minimalist bass-line to Airbag is pretty incredible but no one would listen to me because they wanted to talk about how many notes Matt from Rancid could fit into a song.

    Shorter an album than I remember, I seem to remembering thinking it was really long, even in those cd-bloat days

    I probably prefer The Bends tbh, I like how dated that one is. I'm not too pushed with their later stuff, I like Kid A and the recent one I guess but remember being bored out of my mind by Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief. They probably made the right decision to stop being a guitar band but I suppose I had moved on as well.

    Hi thumped.

  31. I tried, but I just can't get Radiohead. First time I became aware of them was Creep on TOTP I think, and that was a complete non-starter.

    Music by and for students.

  32. I tried, but I just can't get Radiohead. First time I became aware of them was Creep on TOTP I think, and that was a complete non-starter. Music by and for students.

  33. re:Muse

    they were 100% Radiohead clones when they first came out. Radiohead with Jeff Buckley singing. It wasn't until their second album before they starting adding big metal riffs on top of things.

    But that was the period when everyone was trying to be Radiohead, throwing orchestras on top of everything to try and add a bit of gravitas to the song. They owned that late 90's period; you were either nu-metal, a boyband, some nice lads like Travis or someone trying to be Radiohead

    Even Thom Yorke's brother got signed:

    https://dailymotion.com/video/x183i0q

  34. re:Muse

    they were 100% Radiohead clones when they first came out. Radiohead with Jeff Buckley singing. It wasn't until their second album before they starting adding the big metal riffs.

    But that was the period when everyone was trying to be Radiohead, throwing orchestras on top of everything to try and add a bit of gravitas to a song. They owned that late 90's period; you were either nu-metal, a boyband, some nice lads like Travis or someone trying to be Radiohead

    Even Thom Yorke's brother got signed:

  35. Not much of a Muse fan but they have some decent stuff. Matt Bellamy is a talented guy. I saw them support elastica in the TBMC in 2001. elastica were a bit of a shambles, muse rocked.

  36. Unicron said:

    The bass part on Airbag is deadly, it's not really a bassline, it;s like a bleepy bloopy part but played on a bass.Click to expand…

    Great bass on that.

    I love when he takes it for a walk towards the end of Karma Police.

  37. I'm amazed the likes of the nme, melody maker ect… liked this album. I'm mean none of Radiohead are indie pin ups, (like the strokes) and its very prog rock…and they're upper middle class. They must have been conflicted.

  38. prefuse said:

    I'm amazed the likes of the nme, melody maker ect… liked this album. I'm mean none of Radiohead are indie pin ups, (like the strokes) and its very prog rock…and they're upper middle class. They must have been conflicted.Click to expand…

    but this was about 3 years before the Strokes?

    and the Strokes come from the richest families in existence! They made Radiohead seem like paupers

  39. And the strokes are american. If they were English they would have ripped them apart.

  40. Yeah that's true

    but they wouldn't have existed if they were English

    alternatively: they seemed to like Elastica, more poshos making poppy post punk

  41. True, true.

    I dunno, it's a good point. Radiohead were always a very internal band, lots of headphones and thinking. I know they had a bit of an image with Johnny's fringe and that but it was more about the sounnnnds man…

    I mean, they promoted Blur as well and they were all posh lads (except Dave, poor Dave).

  42. IMG_2580.JPG

    Ummm hello?

  43. even thom yorke was a pin-up

    someone scratched 'i love thom yorke' into a desk in school, i changed it to 'i love them yorkies'

  44. even thom yorke was a pin-up

    someone scratched 'i love thom yorke' into a desk in school, i changed it to 'i love them yorkies'

  45. even thom yorke was a pin-up

    someone scratched 'i love thom yorke' into a desk in school, i changed it to 'i love them yorkies'

  46. I’ve had this album pretty much on repeat since it was posted here. It’s as good as its reputation. Not a bad song on here. 5/5. Love rediscovering albums I adored as a young Bernie like this.

  47. tried listening to this just now, with the gig tonight and all. Skipped fitter-happier and couldn't make it past Climbing up the Walls'.

    Safe to say I'm done with this album. I hope they (mostly) give it a wide berth in tonight's setlist.

  48. They seem to be mixing things up a whole lot. I am STOKED for this gig. Wish I'd been online more this week to massive it up. Currently drinking bucks fizz after my corn on the cob dinner.

    So many tunes they could play that will blow my head off. Sit Down, Stand Up please.

  49. No hassle with getting in?

    Thought it was fabulous

  50. agreed, it was wonderful. Really excellent from start to end. Lovely atmosphere there too.

    You do have to wonder how hard it is for them to keep Johnny Greenwood under control. It's fascinating to watch him in action.

  51. they're mixing up the setlist from night to night. The one I checked yesterday had a good few different songs listed. It was kind of inevitable they'd play 'How to disappear completely' here too. They'd ended the previous set with There, There. I was a bit disappointed we didn't get that.

  52. Cornu Ammonis said:

    A 10 from Pitchfork for this? No surprises there, *chortle*!Click to expand…

    Anything less would be a let down

  53. IMHO they were Lucky to get that score.

    Anyway, giving it a whirl here, the unreleased stuff is hilariously lightweight, wouldn't have even made the Bends. Still decent though (y)

  54. pissypants said:

    Is this reissue sanctioned by the band or is it a cash grab by their former label?Click to expand…

    the release is dedicated to Thom Yorke's partner, who passed away last year. That suggests they are on-board with it.

  55. I believe the reissue is also being put out by XL, who've they've been doing business with since their first label contract expired, rather than by Parlophone/Capital.

  56. Admittedly I've been listening to it on a spotify stream, albeit on decentish headphones but it doesn't feel like the remaster has done much with the album tracks. However the b-sides feel like they've had a bit more time spent on them. Will have to wait till I get the physical copy sent to me.

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