Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

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Album Review

Release date: 31 August 2009

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

Radiohead : Hail To The Thief

...a band still coming to terms with the puzzle of what to do after you've made an album universally hailed as one of the greatest ever...

When 'OK Computer', Radiohead 's third album, swept aside all competition in 1997's end of year polls, it did so for a good reason. Not only was it a toweringly complex and beautiful record, but alongside releases from Spiritualized ('Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space') and Primal Scream ('Vanishing Point') it also seemed to point to a...

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Jonny Greenwood says he has been emailing Thom Yorke new Radiohead song ideas

Jonny Greenwood says he has been emailing Thom Yorke new Radiohead song ideas

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Radiohead - Hail to the Thief: Wikipedia Album Entry

Hail to the Thief (subtitled The Gloaming) is the sixth studio album by English band Radiohead, released on 9 June in the United Kingdom and 10 June 2003, in the United States. It debuted at number one in the UK and at number three in the United States.

After two Radiohead albums that featured heavily processed vocals, less guitar, and strong influence from and , Hail to the Thief was seen as a return to , drawing its sound from every era of the band's existence. Preceded by the single "There There", the album reached number one on the UK charts, and met with modest but worldwide commercial success, selling 994,000 units in the United States.

Band members described the album as having a more "swaggering" sound and a relaxed recording process, in contrast to the tense Kid A/Amnesiac sessions. At nearly an hour in length, Hail to the Thief is the band's longest album, although many of its songs are within the three- and even two-minute range, shorter than the band's average. Thom Yorke said he was inspired by Beatles songs of that length which he thought felt much longer. This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

The album received universal acclaim from professional critics upon release, based on a Metacritic score of 85/100, or 85%. Neil McCormick, writing in The Daily Telegraph, called it "Radiohead firing on all cylinders, a major work by major artists at the height of their powers", and the record performed typically well in magazines' end-of-year lists, especially in the United States. It was the fifth straight Radiohead release to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Unswayed, the NME's James Oldham saw it as "a good rather than great record" and Alexis Petridis of The Guardian called it "neither startlingly different and fresh nor packed with the sort of anthemic songs that once made them the world's biggest band." In 2004, coproducer Nigel Godrich and engineer Darrell Thorp were honoured with Grammy Awards for their work on Hail to the Thief.

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