Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
NME.COM feature on Radiohead - Hail to the Thief album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 31 August 2009
...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...
- May 1, 2003
Tracklisting click track to read more
- 2 + 2 = 5
- Sit Down. Stand Up
- Sail To The Moon
- Go To Sleep
- Where I End And You Begin
- We Suck Young Blood
- The Gloaming
- There, There
- I Will
- A Punch Up At A Wedding
- A Wolf at the Door
- Paperbag Writer
- Where Bluebirds Fly
- I Am Citizen Insane
- Fog (Again) (Live)
- Gagging Order
- I Am a Wicked Child
- Remyxomatosis (Cristian Vogel RMX)
- There There (First Demo)
- Skttrbrain (Four Tet Remix)
- I Will (Los Angeles Version)
- Sail To The Moon (BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley's Live Lounge - 28/05/03)
- 2 + 2 = 5 (Live At Earls Court)
- Go To Sleep (Zane Lowe - 08/12/03)
Manchester Arena, Manchester, October 6
- Oct 19, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
- Jul 30, 2012
Moody Theater, Texas, March 6th and Frank Erwin Center, Texas, March 7th
- Mar 23, 2012
The band will start work on their new album in September
Jonny Greenwood confirms plans for band to meet up later in the year
The LP will be released on October 6
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief: Wikipedia Album Entry
Hail to the Thief (subtitled The Gloaming) is the sixth studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 9 June 2003 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 experimental electronica and jazz, Hail to the Thief was seen as a return to alternative rock, 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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