- Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 11 reviews
2003 Rank: #19 / 218
USER SCORE
85
Based on
484 ratings

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100
Drowned in Sound

‘Hail To The Thief’ poses as many questions as it answers. Naturally, it gets better the more you unveil, but to love it you have to truly appreciate it, and vice-versa.

93
Pitchfork

For its moments of gravity and excellence, Hail to the Thief is an arrow, pointing toward the clearly darker, more frenetic territory the band have up to now only poked at curiously. 

91
Entertainment Weekly

Like all Radiohead albums, it’s a slow grower, a densely packed collection of rapidly mutating sounds and surfaces that takes a while to comprehend.

80
AllMusic

At nearly an hour in length, this album doesn't unleash the terse blow delivered by its two predecessors. However, despite the fact that it seems more like a bunch of songs on a disc rather than a singular body, its impact is substantial.

80
Rolling Stone

Despite the anger and bitterness, Hail to the Thief is more musically inviting than Radiohead's last two outings. The album's fourteen tracks ... are more tuneful and song-focused than 2000's Kid A or 2001's Amnesiac.

60
Slant Magazine

The album sits comfortably somewhere in between the computer-generated Kid A and the prog-rock splendor of OK Computer, which is an inch in the right direction but still a whole step away.

Nov 30, 2015
Aoaystheory
99
Great collection of songs, undeniably consistent, just shy of a perfect score.
Sep 12, 2017
60
A musical clusterfuck. A pretty decent one though.
Jul 20, 2017
88
Stands on its own just fine. Comparing to others seems pointless. Political...haha...have never paid attention to the lyrics...why would u?! This man's voice is an instrument.
Apr 29, 2017*
78
I actually really didn't like this album very much. It's one of my least favorites from Radiohead. It was alright though.
Apr 3, 2017*
aaron
95
The alternate tracklist of this album would have got a 100. So close, so far.

And while I genrally try to avoid a political album, Radiohead has created a manifesto, that seems to sail over politics and judge it harshly, the way we imagine aliens would the human race.
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June 10, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / EMI / Label
Nigel Godrich / Producer
radiohead.com / Website
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# 10 - SPIN
Track List

  1. 2 + 2 = 5 (The Lukewarm) 
  2. Sit Down. Stand up (Snakes & Ladders) 
  3. Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky) 
  4. Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over) 
  5. Go to Sleep (Little Man Being Erased) 
  6. Where I End and You Begin (The Sky Is Falling in) 
  7. We Suck Young Blood (Your Time Is up) 
  8. The Gloaming (Softly Open Our Mouths in the Cold) 
  9. There There (The Boney King of Nowhere) 
  10. I Will (No Man's Land) 
  11. A Punch-up at a Wedding (No No No No No No No No) 
  12. Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury & Executioner) 
  13. Scatterbrain (As Dead as Leaves) 
  14. A Wolf at the Door (It Girl. Rag Doll)

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