"Radiohead - The Bends" - "Pablo Honey" in no way was adequate preparation for its epic, sprawling follow-up. Building from the sweeping, three-guitar attack that punctuated the best moments of "Pablo Honey," Radiohead create a grand and forceful sound that nevertheless resonates with anguish and despair - it's cerebral anthemic rock. Occasionally, the album displays its influences, whether it's U2, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., or the Pixies, but Radiohead turn clichés inside out, making each song sound bracingly fresh. Thom Yorke's tortured lyrics give the album a melancholy undercurrent, as does the surging, textured music. But what makes "The Bends" so remarkable is that it marries such ambitious, and often challenging, instrumental soundscapes to songs that are at their cores hauntingly melodic and accessible.