Picks and Pans Review: More Radiohead: a Buyer's Guide

updated 03/14/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/14/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Here are four albums by the English alt-rock gods that you need to have in your collection.

THE BENDS

(1995)

Putting a cool, clever twist on Brit pop, this provided the blueprint for other U.K. alt-rock bands like Coldplay. Key track: the beautifully surrealistic ballad "Fake Plastic Trees"

OK COMPUTER

(1997)

Ahead of its time, this fantastic voyage into the future-and outer space-still makes you feel like a paranoid android. Key track: "Karma Police," a philosophical mind-bender

KID A

(2000)

On this-the second of their three Grammy-winning albums-they explore electronica to dreamy effect. Key track: the otherworldly opener, "Everything in Its Right Place"

IN RAINBOWS

(2007)

This work of art displays all of the band's many colors, from soulful and sexy to rhythmic and rocking. Key track: "Bodysnatchers," a U2-channeling, arena-ready anthem

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