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- Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 11 reviews
2003 Rank: #19 / 212
USER SCORE
85
Based on
364 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

ryansliao
80
This record blends the great guitar melodies of OK Computer and the electronic experimentation of the records since. The topical songwriting is also a major plus. This is a minor step up from Amnesiac and definitely one of their better albums.

Best Tracks: 2+2=5, Sit Down Stand Up, Backdrifts, Where I End and You Begin, A Punch Up At a Wedding

Worst Track: The Gloaming
85
Some of Radiohead's best guitar work is found on this album, although it ends up being a little too dense and confusing as a collection of songs.

Great songs on this album: 2 + 2 = 5, Sit Down. Stand Up, Sail to the Moon, There There, Myxomatosis, A Wolf at the Door
Felindie
79
Fav Tracks: Myxomatosis, A Puvh Up At a Weeding, Go To Sleep
83
Radiohead has been called many things.
Hype for Hail To The Thief was massive, as is the case with every Radiohead album.
Oddly, Radiohead doesn't go forth with this concept and make another concept album.
One of the most notable things about Hail To The Thief is the return of electric guitars.
The issue I have with these unnecessary dabbles in the weak is that they drag down the album from being a complete classic.
Hail To The Thief is an interesting album. That is, of course, until the next ... read more
chessmess
89
Probably Radiohead's most important political and social commentary. A cohesive record with fourteen tracks that do not sway in quality.

I believe this to be the best songwriting so far from Radiohead.
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DETAILS

June 10, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / EMI / Label
Nigel Godrich / Producer
radiohead.com / Website
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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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