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Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
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Based on 14 reviews
2003 Ratings: #40 / 293
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2003 Ratings: #42
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It feels more like a band playing to a multitude of strengths than the formal wrestling of Kid A.

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.


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. 

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.


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.

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.

NOW Magazine

Having exorcised their stadium-rock angst on Kid A and Amnesiac, Radiohead get back to business with the strikingly straightforward Hail To The Thief.


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.

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.

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.

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

While the tracklist is a little bit messy as a collection of songs, the tone, the atmosphere, the production, it’s still there... there. "Hail To The Thief" confronts many themes of post-9/11 politics (hence the title) that are very well-written and, topped off with a great mix of both their rock and electronic roots, results in one of their more chaotic, explosive and varied records.

Fav Tracks: There, There; 2 + 2 = 5; A Wolf At The Door; Myxomatosis; Where I End And You ... read more
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.
So it looks like Hail To The Thief is the last Radiohead album I've heard. well, After going deep into virtually all the discography of this band I have to admit openly that this is my favorite band of all time. I've never been disappointed by their music, ever. Even when I listened to Pablo Honey I was positively surprised that it wasn't as bad as most people say. All their albums are at a very high level but Ok Computer, Kid A and In Rainbows are the 3 best albums I have ever listened to. ... read more
This is what I like about Radiohead, the punchy experimental artsy rock that their music provides
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