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Hail To The Thief


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   2 + 2 = 5   MP3 sample
  2   Sit Down, Stand Up   MP3 sample
  3   Sail To The Moon   MP3 sample
  4   Backdrifts   MP3 sample
  5   Go To Sleep   MP3 sample
  6   Where I End And You Begin   MP3 sample
  7   We Suck Young Blood   MP3 sample
  8   The Gloaming   MP3 sample
  9   There There   MP3 sample
  10   I Will   MP3 sample
  11   A Punch-up at a Wedding   MP3 sample
  12   Myxomatosis   MP3 sample
  13   Scatterbrain   MP3 sample
  14   A Wolf At The Door   MP3 sample


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Radiohead are at a point in their history where they no longer have to prove anything. Recording this album in LA was apparently a breeze. A three month affair as opposed to the two years they spent on the 'Kid' / 'Amnesiac' sessions. They've done it again. This is their fifth great album in a row (debut 'Pablo Honey' not really making my 'great' list), and its an album full of charm and confidence.

For starters it opens with a genuine 'rock' track, all guitars and drums a blazing. It seems that the last few years of electronic tinkering hasn't done Johnny Greenwood and Ed O'Brian any damage, they are still a thrilling guitar combination twittering away in their much imitated style. It seems the whole band has stepped up to the plate for this album with drummer Phil Sellway and bassist Colin Greenwood playing better than they ever have, nailing grooves that would have been called "baggy" in 1989. As for ole Thom York, well despite the usual paranoid and freaky lyrics he really seems to be enjoying himself and is singing in that "Fake Plastic Trees" way (check "Little Babies Eyes" and "Scatterbrain" for the evidence). You know, brilliant heartbreaking, lovely. Its not all bread and (stone) roses though, "We Suck Young Blood" is a spooky track, combing a slave-spiritual rhythm with unnerving, glacial production. First single "There There", plus "Myxamatosis" and "A Wolf at the Door" all bubble with a vital energy.

Combining experimentalism with good rock songs, they have managed to achieve something broadly relevant, much like that stubborn era defining masterpiece 'OK Computer'. This is a good thing and a fantastic achievement - up there with their best work. Radiohead's first 'fun' album. Well almost. Recommended.

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Artist: Radiohead
Album: Hail To The Thief
Cat #: 5845442
Date: 12/06/2003
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Parlophone
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Pop , Rock
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