3. How Do You?
4. Stop Whispering
5. Thinking About You
6. Anyone Can Play Guitar
9. Prove Yourself
10. I Can’t
12. Blow Out
Radiohead debuts with a solid record on which you can hear their talent already. The band is however still trying to find itself. Some of the songs are hit or miss and while certain songs are of magical beauty, some songs just aren’t doing it.
The album starts with the alternative rocker You. The song itself is well done, but it doesn’t really bring anything really refreshing or new to the genre.
The album then continues with the very refreshing breakthrough single Creep. This song got really big and deserved to be. Combining great and cheeky lyrics with a mastermind melody, Creep develops in the exact right atmosphere to excell.
How Do You? sounds like a U2 gone nu-metal. (Think of Canadian contemporaries Our Lady Peace for example). Great song and perfectly played. Great rock song. They better play this one live.
We hear Stop Whispering next, which is a song with excellent lyrics and powerful vocals. One of the best songs on the album for sure.
Thinking About You is slightly acoustic alternative yet mainstream rock. Something Dashboard Confesstional tapped into for inflences. Another plus on this debut.
The massive Anyone Can Play Guitar is probably a hit or miss. You either adore this song or you don’t really care for it. I must say I’m falling in the latter category. The song just doesn’t stir anything for me.
Ripcord is a decent rock song but nothing special in my book. Typical 90s straightforward rock. Energetic and sounds good, but nothing new.
The next song Vegetable is an early example of what Radiohead is capable of. Combining great guitar work and strong vocals with clever hooks, all packed together in the right atmosphere for the song to excell.
Also Prove Yourself shows that Radiohead has a lot going for themselves. On this track you can hear that when they find their way they’ll make it count. Something they definitely proved.
On I Can’t Radiohead excells. It gives a little insight in the direction their sound will evolve, though it is slightly more mainstream than their later work.
Lurgee never really gets going. The vocals are great, but the song never really reaches a climax.
The album closer, Blow Out is a good track to end the album with. The soulful vocals and pleasant instrumentals have a good finishing touch on the whole package.
“Pablo Honey” is a good start for an alternative rockband. Radiohead mixes absolutely brilliant songs with average, yet solid songs. Some of the songs are absolutely refreshing and some are good songs but hardly bring anything new to the genre. No one can really deny the talent of Radiohead, but we do have to be honest and judge that they haven’t yet found their way completely. But once they are in the drivers seat they will be cruising for sure.