OK Computer... an album that garners so much respect and yet so much hate. No matter one's opinion of it, OK Computer is a milestone in the history of modern music. It did not completely revolutionize modern music, nor did it introduce any novel style. What it did was blend a variety of influences, ranging from Pink Floyd and David Bowie to Pixies and even Miles Davis- Yorke has stated that the sounds of Bitches Brew fundamentally influenced the creation of this album-, with creative zeal and seamless execution, all packaged in an accessible yet sonically varied alternative rock sound. This mix proved to be just right for the time, as it was almost immediately received as a modern classic. The popularity they had gained from Pablo Honey and the respect they had received from The Bends secured OK Computer's popularity, but its reputation far exceeds anything that came about from those two albums. Say what you will about any of its pretensions- of which there are many-, what Radiohead accomplished here is no small feat; this is no average alternative rock album. Structurally, it flows with subtle progressions, utilizing many layers of sound to produce an inviting yet intricate atmosphere. While Kid A and Amnesiac would be electronic albums at heart, this is still a rock album at the core. The electronic elements simply add flavor to the mix, accentuating Greenwood and O'Brien's simple yet highly effective guitar chords and harmonies and Yorke's passionate vocal delivery and lyrics. The lyrical themes themselves are sufficient for a full-length review, but I will leave that study in "post-modern" social commentary to more accomplished critics. My only significant gripe here is that the album grows slightly tiring after "No Surprises", as the last two tracks sound like filler more than anything else- although "The Tourist" has its moments.