For me, it doesn't get any better than The Bends, it's a near perfect album IMO. Though a ton of that is tied to when I first heard it etc. Nostalgia. Actually, it does remind me quite a bit of that small studio apartment you had in A2.
I have annoyed all their albums but that one for me is pure rock and I appreciate it for that. Super guitar driven, I love the lyrics etc.
You have a favorite?