• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2017
Metascore
100

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. 100
    The actual content of OKNOTOK, in terms of what’s new, is hardly justification for any casual listener to pick it up, but the excuse to revisit the record itself would absolutely vindicate the purchase.
  2. Jun 30, 2017
    100
    All [of the unreleased songs] were recorded around the time of OK Computer; all are unimpeachably first-rate; and yet, all were sensibly left off the original. Nevertheless, they complete the picture of one of rock's greatest bands cresting their first creative peak.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 27, 2017
    100
    It's an album that at times sounds like it wants to smash your face to pieces, sometimes your heart. It's beautiful, horrible, bleak, spiteful, overwhelmed, overwhelming--a cry of panic ,despair, anxiety in the face of accelerating modernity. .... All three [previously unreleased tracks] are excellent in their way. [Aug 2017, p.100]
  4. Jun 26, 2017
    100
    It is untouchable and timeless.
  5. Jun 26, 2017
    100
    This reissue (effectively 2008’s Collector’s Edition plus three excellent unreleased songs) proves that Radiohead’s reputation derives from their music’s depthless humanity, not its instrumentation.
  6. Jun 23, 2017
    100
    OK Computer never stopped sounding timeless. In its new form as OKNOTOK, unreleased songs feed off beloved B-sides, forming a web that supports the concrete themes of the original album so as to make its points even sharper.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 22, 2017
    100
    This remaster makes it glisten like the first time you heard it, while three unreleased tracks show that their vision didn't properly take shape until well into recording. [Aug 2017, p.113]
  8. Jun 22, 2017
    100
    What no one, including Radiohead, did was make another album that really sounds like OK Computer. Which is another reason why it doesn’t appear to have dated at all.
  9. Uncut
    Jun 22, 2017
    100
    “I Promise,” “Man Of War,” and “Lift” are the most exciting, crucial elements of this deluxe edition. ... [The B-sides are] a perfect counterpart to the three new tracks, and point towards Radiohead's convention-defying next chapter of Kid A and Amnesiac. [Aug 2017, p.44]
  10. Jun 22, 2017
    100
    Years removed from its source, its impact is multiplied tenfold. In 1996, it was a path towards adult-contemporary pop radio; today, it’s an exquisitely faded Polaroid.
  11. Jun 26, 2017
    90
    There was little to nothing as picturesque and vivid in major-label rock as OK Computer in 1997, and it’s debatable if there’s been anything since. ... If OK Computer seemed to wither over its runtime, there is a more consistent, punchier quality to the second album sequenced out on OKNOTOK–full of big guitars, sweeping sentimentality, and drier wit. Here, its bold half-ideas, this many years on, sound better than ever, and find a new coherence.
  12. 90
    All three [previously unreleased tracks] are worthy additions to the Radiohead canon, enhancing and enriching an all time classic album rather than diluting it.
  13. Jun 22, 2017
    90
    The remasters find some new glimmers of clarity and sparkle, particularly on guitar sounds, but aren’t startlingly different from past versions. ... After 20 years, it’s clear that “OK Computer” was the album on which Radiohead most strongly embraced and, simultaneously, confronted the legacy of the Beatles.
  14. Jun 23, 2017
    80
    The main draw here is the first release of three songs with myth-like status among the infatuated. ... There are a series of rough demos and what sounds like soundboard recordings of various sections of Paranoid Android in the first flushes of development (magnificently wigged-out, whirling dervish-style organ solo, come on down!) and a bare-bones take on Airbag, again featuring embryonic lyrics.
  15. Jul 6, 2017
    72
    OKNOTOK will be of little interest to a passerby in a record store; its main value even for the die-hardiest of Radiohead fans is that little peek behind the curtain, a crack of light closer to understanding the way one of the most elusive bands in the world works.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 637 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 637
  1. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    Timeless. Classic. Masterpiece. Ingenious. Perfect. Ahead of its time. Ahead of our time. Beautiful. Haunting. Paranoid. Changed the course ofTimeless. Classic. Masterpiece. Ingenious. Perfect. Ahead of its time. Ahead of our time. Beautiful. Haunting. Paranoid. Changed the course of music for the 21st century. Will change the course of our lives to come. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2017
    0
    Le doy un CERO, porque este álbum solo contiene canciones sobre-valoradas... además no es la primera vez en escuchar un álbum como este. EsLe doy un CERO, porque este álbum solo contiene canciones sobre-valoradas... además no es la primera vez en escuchar un álbum como este. Es por ello que la música sobrevalorada solo es MODA. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    How do the critic scores average out to a perfect 100? I'm not saying it's not, I actually give this album a 10. It's perfect to me. ButHow do the critic scores average out to a perfect 100? I'm not saying it's not, I actually give this album a 10. It's perfect to me. But isn't Metacritic supposed to take an average of the critic ratings? Strange. It's starting to make them less credible for me Full Review »