OK Computer (2020)

OK Computer Dai Griffiths OK Computer Seemingly granted classic album status within days of its release in OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World a label the band
  • Title: OK Computer
  • Author: Dai Griffiths
  • ISBN: 9780826416636
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
OK Computer Dai Griffiths Seemingly granted classic album status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World a label the band has been burdened by and has fooled around with ever since Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this albSeemingly granted classic album status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World a label the band has been burdened by and has fooled around with ever since Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this album resonate so deeply with its audience, and argues that OK Computer is one of the most successfully realized CD albums so far created.
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  1. Jpeeples

    What a crap book The author spends nearly a third of the book talking about how LPs are different from CDs, without mentioning Radiohead AT ALL This hardly seems relevant because while OK Computer was released on an LP, it s pretty rare and so most listeners only know the album on CD And when he does fold Radiohead into the discussion of how OK Computer is a CD album, the treatment is pretty minimal.He also name checks obsessively, but usually drops literary names, not names from music or rock m [...]

  2. Jon

    Griffiths s little book was interesting, though less enlightening about OK Computer than it was about other things The beginning stuff about the differences between vinyl and CD formats was interesting, though his explanation of how OK Computer fit into that discussion was rather underwhelming Course, the whole book was a bit underwhelming lots of promising looking avenues that we lingered near, but ultimately didn t drive down.Griffiths spent time talking around the album than he did talking a [...]

  3. Ben Winch

    Sometimes the success of certain artists or artworks makes me feel as if I ve been transported to the Twilight Zone Critics, friends, people from all walks of life will be raving about something and all I can think is What the f k is going on here The phenomenal critical and commercial success of Radiohead is a case in point Many a time during the inexorable swelling of their fame have I heard that unmistakable fingernails on a blackboard whine that is Thom Yorke s vocal style and thought to mys [...]

  4. John

    I should probably start this review by saying that my favorite Radiohead album is Pablo Honey There, I said it, and I ve listened to them all I m no musicologist, and unlike many Radiohead fans including one particularly obnoxious ex girlfriend I don t pretend to be one I also liked The Bends, and to an extent I also like OK Computer, though I see it as a marked shift for the band from making music that I enjoy, to making music that I appreciate and, to be fair, periodically enjoy The primary dr [...]

  5. Simon

    This book was so frustratingly shitty I nearly threw it across the room.Griffiths s analysis of the album is so transparently weighted in favour of his nonsensical thesis that it s almost laughable, with facts, figures, and anecdotes cherry picked, slanted, and outright misrepresented to prop up whatever the hell it is he s trying to say An inept and charmless writer, he subjects us to pages of irrelevant arithmetic in support of no coherent argument and drags us through the entire history of re [...]

  6. Christopher

    While I enjoyed the lengthy lecture on recording formats and how the allowable length of music was determined by the medium, this slim volume read like an exlipcation de texte I used to give in college when discussing Victor Hugo There s quite a bit of minutiae that isn t necessary to appreciating OK Computer for what it is or what it was for music in the late 90s Griffiths is a professor, so it s not surprising that this text seemed very academic in nature.

  7. Clint

    There are countless opinions out there about Radiohead and their music, but Dai s decision to look at OK Computer as a New Critic gave insight on the album than I ve ever seen His academic approach to the classic album took a piece of music I already love to even greater height.

  8. Gabe Durham

    My sense is that 33 1 3 eventually moved away from this sort of doctoral thesis passed off as pop culture book model Hidden in here are some interesting ideas someone could one day write a book about.

  9. Jon

    I have to admit, this was one of my least favorite books in the entire series so far With the recently reissued album on my mind, I was hoping for some added insight but this just fails to deliver on any level Even setting aside the author s absolutely bizarre fixation on intros and outros as being wasteful, I just couldn t find anything to connect with I won t begrudge anyone s approach to how music moves them, but I couldn t relate to such a mechanical, statistical approach to music.

  10. Richard Leo

    The TL DR One definitely for the fans, but also those interested in general musicology Fascinating read that delves into the history and theory of what makes an album classic to ascertain whether this album deserves the accolades and status it has received.My first read of a series discovered by accident And a wise choice it was too This is a book not just for the fan, but also for anyone interested in the history and theory of popular music, strands of thought which Dai Griffiths applies with a [...]

  11. Alex V.

    I ve always felt OK Computer was a new kind of album, one constructed of disparate containers gathered closely together, generating heat from proximity and similarity of content, rather than the stickier methods in which rock music gets crafted The rattle inside OK Computer is not of bum out sadness as folks often claim, but from the clink and slosh of things being pushed together on the shelf It is in Thom Yorke s soaring falsetto and in Johnny Greenwood s atmospheric guitar that the findings a [...]

  12. Alex

    These 33 1 3 books sure are hit and miss They can be so pretentious at times that it hurts Nevertheless, they can usually provide some insight that makes the original album worth revisiting or reconsidering personal convictions in new light Griffths effort fails miserably on both counts and adds pretty much nothing new to the listening experience There s way too much description and the book is far too light on meaningful analysis or interpretation.Griffths suggests an interesting argument that [...]

  13. Robert

    Everyone knows the cultural impact of OK Computer on the music world, not to mention the amount of Magazine articles dissecting the album and although there are a couple of unofficial bios out there, it seems that no one has attempted to write a book about the group s magnum opus Saying that a lot has been said about OK Computer in magazines, from the instruments used to, track inspirations There really isn t anything new to offer.Griffiths does manage instead of an exhausting analysis he rather [...]

  14. John

    Most music books I read send me straight to the music as I re immerse myself in the work under discussion This was the first time a book has made me want to avoid the music, to wait until I could flush its memory from my mind before re engaging with the songs Griffiths spends the bulk of the book talking about the lengths of the songs, the chord structures, the time during which there is singing vs the time when there is not, the make up and conception of albums, etc etc If I was unfamiliar with [...]

  15. Alex

    I m giving this a bump up from 2 stars largely because I enjoy reading pretty much any analysis of Radiohead s music The most intriguing part of the book, for me, is the author s proposition that Fitter Happier should be viewed not as a throwaway, obnoxiously avant garde track, but rather as the centerpiece of the album He suggests that the seventh track on OK Computer is the glue that holds the rest of the albums music and imagery together.However, the author s analysis is a little too math y a [...]

  16. Ted Moisan

    This is a really cool series of books I plan on reading a few , and I hope they all live up to the high standard of this one Griffiths isn t going to waste our time by biographing Radiohead, as countless sources already have Instead, he looks at the band, and this album in particular, in structural terms and as a defining moment in the development of music as a recorded medium In other words, how music has been changed by being written onto records of varying speeds, cassettes, and up to today s [...]

  17. Joe Mahoney

    Dai Griffiths discusses OK Computer in the context of it being a CD Album a single, uninterrupted sequence of songs as opposed to a vinyl or cassette album that had two definite sides That s a completely different take on the album to mine and I can t say that I agree with it me having listened to it on tape for the longest time That said, Griffiths has done a lot of good research in to the structure and content of all the songs and ere are a lot of fascinating takeaways in this little book Reco [...]

  18. Dean Wilcox

    I m a big fan of this series this is the 16th title I ve read At their best the 33 1 3rd books provide historical or social context, analysis, process, and reflection Sadly, this book does very little of any of those things With the exception of the first chapter a rather interesting gloss on the history of recording technology all to argue that OK Computer is a CD album this title mainly describes the track listing, songs, words, and packaging nothing I couldn t discover simply by listening and [...]

  19. Jason

    Tedious and the worst of the 33 1 3 series so far Griffiths avoids interviews with anyone involved in making the album which he views as lazy and cheap and instead does some bizarre quasi mathematical analysis of the ratio of words to beats, or something like that The author and his colleagues at university probably think this is how music should be written about and appreciated I think it made for a dreadful read that gave me absolutely no insight into this album or why it was regarded as an in [...]

  20. Audra

    really was looking forward to an in depth analysis of this album, which for me is a touchstone album of a Very Important Time of my life, in addition to being a masterfully crafted album instead was treated to a random meandering of some of the most tedious facts that don t even hold together in any kind of cohesive thesis why did i waste so much time reading this lazy excuse for a book who picked this idiot for this album I ve so enjoyed the other books in this series.

  21. Eric

    i really enjoyed this i can see how most people would not it is a very technical reading of ok computer song by song breakdown that borders theoretical nonesense i mean, just shut up and love the album right but this little book really put the album in perspective he argues that it was the first time that the CD format was truly realized and he does it compellingly again, if you re a music geek and like reading about how albums are done, this could be good, or you ll hate it.

  22. Daniel Burton-Rose

    Griffiths set out to write a book of music criticism that makes the reader listen again, rather than just indulge in nostalgia for the moment in which the album under discussion entered his consciousness in my case, at least, he succeeded There s also a welcome attention to the influence of commodity form on composition Griffiths argues that this 1997 Radiohead album was the first successful cd, shaking off the two sided structural shadow of the record.

  23. Joel

    Not sure why people seem to dislike this one so much So far I think the writing is a great blend of academic and accessible Finished OK, I guess I get why other reviews say this isn t about Radiohead enough But it s a good analysis of the album and what the CD format meant for music in the 90s.

  24. Jake Adam

    I didn t get what I expected I had hoped for an account of the creation of OK Computer, something that would give me insight into the moment of making that music, but this book is really little than an exegesis of the album, enthusiastic, but somehow too easy You ll learn about the author from this book than about the band or the album.

  25. Patty

    Dreading this one a little bit I love love love the record, and I ve read mostly bad reviews of the book But I will give it a shot anyway.Update Yawn Little bits of it were interesting, but the writing was pretty dead and technical overall, and I m not really sure how much the writer even liked the album.

  26. Rose Owens

    Griffiths provides a quite interesting reading of Ok Computer and also predicts the future of Radiohead with surprising accuracy pretty much said that the group would use a revolutionary tactic to release a future album with In Rainbows Also good to read a background behind the songs that gets deep inside the words and beats.

  27. Nathan

    This one started out well enough, and ended as such, but the middle was lacking in the sense that most readers were probably indifferent to the ramblings of the author Studying the structure of a song is not necessarily criticism, and thus difficult to follow.

  28. Jon Rosenfield

    NO STARS reading this was like torture It s as though someone took the concept of writing about music is like dancing about architecture as a directive and took the most misguided, pointless, boring perspective to talk about this much loved record.

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