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Hail to the Thief [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Radiohead Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (926 customer reviews)
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Filling the gulf between OK Computer’s epic progressive rock and Kid A’s skittering electronic theatrics, Hail to the Thief borrows equally from each. Its title implies that this will be a collection filled with songs of anger and dissent, but Radiohead no longer howl at the moon like they did on 1995’s The Bends. Instead, they use eloquent metaphors and complicated arrangements to express the uncertainty, fear and anger arising from the 2000 U.S. presidential election and a post-9/11 world. There’s no doubt about where Thom Yorke and company stand; the prog-rock break on "2 + 2 = 5" and Yorke’s terror at the thought of being "put in a box" make that immediately clear. But there's a prevailing sense of powerlessness here. The tinkling piano behind the cold sonic surface of "Backdrifts" and the brief, swooping melody in the middle of "Sail to the Moon" are islands in a sea of confusion. Like all of the band’s best work, Thief requires more than a few listens to fully appreciate, but those who stick around will be richly rewarded. --Matthew Cooke

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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than previous efforts Nov. 23 2007
By Harrison Koehli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Hail to the Thief captures the intensity of the band that seemed to me to have been put on hold while they experimented with Kid A and Amnesiac. I loved both albums, but they lacked the consistency of previous and subsequent efforts. Song highlights for me are 2+2=5, Sit Down Stand Up, I Will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous masterpiece June 23 2003
By ncr
Format:Audio CD
It starts with what is still surely one of the most thrilling sounds known to modern man - a guitar being plugged into an amp. It's tempting to interpret that distinctive, buzzy pop as a statement of intent; enough of the radical experimentation, Radiohead seem to be saying - we're back and we're ready to rock.
It's not quite that simple, of course. Their sixth album may see Radiohead pulling back a little from the electronica-injected, multi-textured soundscapes of both 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' but it's by no means 'OK Computer', part II. 'Hail To The Thief' rather occupies a confident, half-way ground; it's the sound of Britain's most consistently challenging chart act achieving some kind of equilibrium, finally at ease both with themselves and with their status as this country's sole, meaningful commercial rock band.
Thom Yorke has described the album as Radiohead's "shiny pop record", which is of course his little joke. The title refers to George Bush's dubious election result in Florida and titles such as 'We Suck Young Blood' and 'Myxamatosis' imply that love songs are again thin on the ground. Themes of paranoia, ignorance, systemised political deceit, powerlessness and evil abound, but although Radiohead don't deny having a serious agenda, they have no interest in music as manifesto. "Are you such a dreamer, to put the world to rights?" are Yorke's first words (in '2 + 2 = 5'); he understands that it's a futile exercise, which is why his band concentrates rather on shining the light of their intelligence on the world around them, then reflecting it back at us, brilliant tunes attached.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get the normal version June 15 2003
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
I had all the songs from this CD already. They are great. This is maybe one of the best albums they have come out with so far. Every song is just great. BUT, i ordered the special edition because I was expecting it to be as good as the Amnesiac Limited edition cd which was actually made to look like a library book. Sadly this special edition is terrible. I can beleive this is a radiohead cd. The Cd package is of very poor quality. The whole thing looks like it will fall apart. I am a designer and I have to say this special edition is not worth the extra $$$$. Get the normal version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations June 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
People have been talking so much about how this cd will either be a "glorious" return to RH's earlier, rockier styles, or it will permanently exile them from pop music charts as they plunge deeper into eclectic sonic experimentation and artistic grandstanding. It's neither.. rather it is an exact and natural extension of the sounds they began hinting at with Amnesiac.
Kid A suprised the world with its electronic bleep-and-swirl jive, but Amnesiac was dismissed (by some) as just another set of songs from the same mould. But Amnesiac showed Radiohead maturing in its use of autre, electronic jiggery pokery into fluid natural textures, making use of them just as they do any other instrument, witnessed in "Pyramid Song" and "Spinning Plates" both of which are heavily doused in electronics but sound as if they could have come from any decade in modern music.
Hail to the Thief takes this concept further and shows a band very comfortable with who they are and their abilities. They no longer feel the need to experiment so deeply to show their "artsiness" and as a result, simply rock. But don't expect them to "Bends rock" or even "OK Computer rock" for that matter.. this band may be comfortable playing real instruments again, but they are definately not stupid enough to backtrack or devolve musically. The songs here comprise a certain angst that seems so true to todays world, full of lyrics about self-doubt, insecurity, mistrust in others, and the choice of whether to become involved, or watch it at home on the television. We need this album today, and we need Radiohead today, to be telling their message. There are many more radical bands out today, many with harsher views or more personal involvement.
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By Vitaly
Format:Audio CD
The latest Radiohead album, Hail To The Thief, is actually a tricky one to review. While it can't be denied that it doesn't match their two classics, The Bends and OK Computer, it is still a piece of art that proves the genious of Radiohead and shows some real music in comparison to today's majority of acts who are either schematic, uninspired, silly, or absolutely devoid of any talent.
One thing I'll have to admit is that so far I have listened not to britpop or alternative rock, but to American alternative post-grunge metal or, if you will, to much-hated nu-metal. And it is noteworthy that Hail To The Thief was the album that showed me how wrong I was.
The secret of Radiohead's music lies, in my opinion, in its unexplaiable expression. It was of course present on The Bends and OK Computer, but, as the new album is considerably less melodic than both, it is one of the first things that attract the listener's attention and make him fall in love with the music. Radiohead's ability to express feelings or states of mind or to recall situations from life in their music is untopped. Tom Yorke's vocals and lyrics (on Hail To The Thief they are deliberately 'childish' - just read the song titles - but it really helps settle the mood, making the album a slight medieval gothic flavour) suit the instrumental parts ingeniously well and alltogether they paint a wonderful atmosphere.
Some listeners say Hail To The Thief hasn't got a topical unity as OK Computer did, but I have to disagree and point out that the feeling of doom, end, and inevitable danger can be seen in any of the album's 14 tracks, giving the album a universal, apocalypthic side that so far has been absent in the group's catalog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hail!
"Hail To The Thief" is a musical oxymoron: Warm yet cold, distant yet intimate, eerie yet lovely. While it doesn't quite work up to the eerie purity of past albums like "Kid A,"... Read more
Published on March 27 2007 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars The best album of 2003? I THINK NOT.
This is not the best album of 2003. I can't understand how a band that is primarily centered on electronica music can be considered groundbreaking? GROUNDBREAKING? Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2006 by Vader
4.0 out of 5 stars And 'richly rewarded' I have become... (4.5 stars)
Like many fans apparently, I was initially put off by this album. I was expecting something groundbreaking, as every one of their previous efforts have proven to be. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2006 by JJ
3.0 out of 5 stars listening several times to Hail To The Thief
I bought the CD to listen to " There there". It's one of the greatest tracks ever. Worth a lot of hassle. Unfortunately for my ears the other tracks are mediocre. Read more
Published on April 9 2006 by DSF
5.0 out of 5 stars 2+2 = 4 in this case
Gold here! 2+2=5, Backdrifts, I Will and Punch up at a Wedding are highlights. But this is a great collection. Best Radiohead since Ok Computer and that is saying something!!
Published on May 31 2005 by Harris Macklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Without Peer
With apologies to Bono and the U2 boys, Radiohead is far and away the greatest rock band on the planet. Read more
Published on April 28 2005 by SRM
4.0 out of 5 stars My Initial Disappointment
I bought Hail to the Theif in pure excitement, ready for another adventure into Thom Yorke's twisted mind. I even bought it overpriced, because I wanted it right away. Read more
Published on April 16 2005 by Corey S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail To The Thieves
They stole from themselves, ironically, in producing this Radiohead incarnate album. However, it's musically a masterpiece, and although rather repetitive I really enjoyed this... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2004 by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album not copy protected in US
Dear (potential) Radiohead fan,

This is a great album, but there is no need to pay extra money and get this import UNLESS it is from the US. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2004 by Iqbal Faizer
5.0 out of 5 stars mmm... another Radiohead classic
Radiohead is a group of magicians who will put you under their spell that they cast with music. Everybody needs this cd. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by "x_cjunkie"
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