One of the most underrated album of all time
Every song in the album has a solid hook
From a notes on the page point of view/piano solo theory perspective it kicks Neverminds arse from both a melodic perspective and harmonic perspective (listen to the descending chord progression in the chorus of Ripcord which is just brilliant)
You is an intense ballad with some great vocals from Thom Yorke
Creep has a falsetto to die for and the greatest grunge moment ever with Johnny Greenwood's kerchunk prechorus moment
Thinking about you is a marvellous acoustic ballad
Lurgee has a nice intense but minimalistic guitar outro
The last song Blowout is one of the greatest Radiohead songs of all time that would improve every Radiohead album if it was placed in it and would make my Best Of Radiohead compilation. The greatest e minor7th chord I've heard in the intro (the guitar tone in the rhythm guitar is awesome) and some lovely intricate guitar playing in the first half of the song that would Johnny Marr proud. The second half build up and explosion kicks the shit out of later attempts like Sit Down stand up or even 2+2=5 (which is a great song in it's own right).
Only How Do you and Stop whispering are disappointing songs but both of them I would still consider decent even if it not Radiohead standard and would be decent songs if it was in Nevermind.
Nevermind on the other hand has some catchy songs here and there. However nothing really stand out that elevates it above catchy pop music apart from good guitar tones and some emotionally resonant vocalist. Although kurt cobain may have been a mindblowing emotional resonant vocalist at that time, Thom Yorke already surpassed him in terms of vocal range and dynamics in Pablo Honey and hence his impact that may have blown me away if Radiohead never existed, but now seems unremarkable when compared to a clearly better vocalist. Nirvana loud/soft sudden shift is impressive but Radiohead does that just as good as Nirvana but also added crescendo to their songwriting arsenal (see Blowout) that Nirvana lacks in their songs. Songs like Polly and Something in the way are atrociously underwritten and overly repetitive with really primitive melodies and are more lyric based songs than actual music to listen to. The only way Nevermind outdoes Pablo Honey is the production and maybe the lyrics