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.
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.
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.
|# 79 -||Consequence of Sound (2000s)|
|# 368 -||NME Top 500 of All Time|
|# 40 -||Pitchfork: The People's List|
|# 89 -||Rolling Stone (2000s)|