- Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 11 reviews
2003 Rank: #20 / 197
USER SCORE
85
Based on
332 ratings

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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.

john95
83
2+2=5:9,5/10
sit down.stand up:9,3/10
sail to the moon:6,3/10
backdrifts:8,7/10
go to sleep:8,6/10
where I end and you begin:8,9/10
we suck young blood:6,2/10
the gloaming:8,1/10
there there:9/10
I will:8/10
a punch-up at a wedding:8,4/10
myxomatosis:9,3/10
scatterbrain:6,7/10
a wolf at the door:8,8/10
Average:8,27/10=82,7/100=83/100. Very good.
SiberianBreaks
73
A strong, political statement almost completely brought down by messy tracklisting and just a handful of overlong and underwhelming moments. Hail to the Thief still remains as a very enjoyable collection of tracks and sees the band excellently merging alternative rock into the cold, electronic style they've worked with on the last two albums - a brilliant way to attract listeners from all spectrums. This album is also about as 2003 as Blink-182's self-titled.

Favourite tracks: Where I End and ... read more
Raincoat
77
Experimental, strange, and fun. It says a lot when one of Radiohead's weakest albums is still undeniably strong.

Highlights: "Sit Down. Stand Up", "Myxomatosis"
Aoaystheory
99
Great collection of songs, undeniably consistent, just shy of a perfect score.
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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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# 4 - Pitchfork
# 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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