Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2003 Ratings: #40 / 239
User Score
Based on 827 ratings
2003 Ratings: #25
June 10, 2003 / Release Date
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Capitol / EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

70
NME

That’s not to say there’s not some exceptional music on this record, it’s just once again the impact of the best moments is dulled by the inclusion of some indifferent electronic compositions.

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.

60
The Guardian

An album that's neither startlingly different and fresh nor packed with the sort of anthemic songs that once made them the world's biggest band.

ElectricMess
84
"Hey Thom we've got this big empty space in the track... Any ideas?"

"No"
amw100
89
The most Underrated Radiohead album by far, the concept of politics gone way too personal and the way they make it chaotic with its pacing makes it all in all an experience to listen to.
liammenzies
82
Is it a bit bloated at points? Sure, but it's undoubtedly one of the most unnecessarily slated Radiohead records.
Plats
84
It’s bloated and a little bit messy. But this is still a pure Radiohead album throughout. The tone, the atmosphere, the production, it’s all there... there.

Fav Tracks: There, There; 2 + 2 = 5; A Wolf At The Door; Myxomatosis; Where I End And You Begin; Sit Down. Stand Up; Go To Sleep; Sail To The Moon

Least Fav Track: We Suck Young Blood

Score:
8.4
Great
MasterCrackfox
81
At points this album feels like the most accessible the group has been since OK Computer, which was still a record marked by heavy experimentation. This is especially the case on earlier tracks in which the group incorporate some of that alternative rock sound that they started out on, with more guitar based tracks (Go To Sleep) and massive pieces like Sail to the Moon. Then, once again, the group shift gears and take their music down unfamiliar territory to generally successful conclusions. We ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#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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