July 14, 1997 12:00 PM


With its startling sonic attack and multiple layers of noise and melody, this British quintet has produced what is easily one of the best rock albums of the year so far. In a deceptively gentle voice that recalls Bread’s David Gates, songwriter Thom Yorke leavens his edgy tales of paranoia and alienation. Whether it’s the savage roar of the group’s three guitarists or the insistent piano that pushes tracks like the haunting “Karma Police,” Radiohead unleashes perfectly crafted pop songs that are as unnerving as they are lovely. (Capitol)

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