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Old 10-01-2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Hail To The Thief is a very disappointing Radiohead album

I bought this album last Saturday, and I still think it's the worst album they've ever made. Then again I don't own Pablo Honey, but You is awesome, so it must be better already.

2+2=5 is OK I guess...the verses sound the same as every RH song since OK Computer's demise. The ending/bridge is sweet though, it reminds me of Franz Ferdinand or something, with Jack White singing (seriously, that DOES NOT sound like Thom).

Sit Down/Stand Up is all right, but not as good as 2+2=5.

Sail To The Moon is a good song, even if it really doesn't have a reason to exist.

Backdrifts is garbage.

Go To Sleep is absolutely fantastic. A modern version of a Bends track really.

Where I End is OK too. But boring.

We Suck Young Blood is horrible. I don't know what they were on, but it certainly didn't help their creative process any.

The Gloaming? Pass.

There There is pretty good, one of the stronger tracks, but it still is disappointing.

I Will? Crap.

Punchup At The Wedding is pretty good , and it keeps the album alive.

Myxomatosis is awesome. Great bass line.

Scatterbrain is good. Par.

Wolf At The Door is one of the best tracks here, and at the very least, it sounds different.

I give this album two and a half Thom Yorke smilies, out of five.

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Old 10-01-2005, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Hail To The Thief is a very disappointing Radiohead album

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Backdrifts is garbage.
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You lost me there.

It's rubbish in the way ATCYLB can be considered rubbish, if you think about it in a roundabout way.
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I'm gonna get it anyway.

*includes Radiohead in list of favorite bands in profile*

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Prepare to be shat upon.

RH fans don't take kindly to anything negative.
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Old 10-01-2005, 12:19 AM   #5
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What's sad is I love Radiohead. This album bewilders me though.
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Old 10-01-2005, 12:28 AM   #6
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All I can say to this thread is...

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
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I love it.
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i'm indifferent toward it. but i love pablo honey, so...
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I really don't understand this.

Oh, Zooters, did you get my email? I think Outlook Express is being a bitch.
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httt may be sub par when compared to the rest of radiohead's catalogue, but it's still brilliant when compared to the other shit out there masquerading as music.
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All I can say about this one is, Radiohead can and have done better. Only 2 songs on HTTT stand out in my mind, while all their other albums (I don't own Pablo Honey) are amazing in every aspect.
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Not their strongest but hands down better than Amneisiac!!!
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Disappointing is certainly the word for it. I still think it's a solid album, though; it just reeks of filler. But then, so did Amnesiac (here it comes now)...

My track-by-track:
  • "2+2=5"--Good and loud.
  • "Sit Down, Stand Up"--It works as a transition track. The build-up to the "THE RAINDROPS, THE RAINDROPS, THE RAINDROPS" part is pretty cool.
  • "Sail to the Moon"--Very pretty, in line with "Pyramid Song," which is plenty of reason to exist. Has a lovely ghostly feel, which works beautifully with the lyrical imagery.
  • "Backdrifts"--I like this song. Dunno why everyone slags it off. The outro's about a minute too long, though.
  • "Go To Sleep"--The album certainly sets this one up right by preceding it with the three sedatives. One of my favorites off the album. Has a great improvised feel that holds together well until the end. Doesn't waste a second, which is a lot more than I can say for most of the other tracks on the album.
  • "Where I End, You Begin"--The bass saves it, although I think the spooky melody and atmospherics make it memorable anyway. Another song that takes too long to finish, though.
  • "We Suck Young Blood"--This is where it gets really boring. This would've been a cool "My Wild Love"-ish (Edit: it's a Doors song) interlude if it were a couple of minutes shorter.
  • "The Gloaming"--Also too long. Even if it's only 3:32, it manages to squander the first minute and last thirty seconds on random synth crap. I know a lot of people drool over this stuff when Radiohead does it, but it really kills the flow of the album when every track is broken up with these pointless, long ass intros and outros. After the last two tracks, you really need something punchy here, and this ain't it.
  • "There, There"--The percussion grabs you right away and keeps you there. More of the vaguely tribal feel established by "We Suck Young Blood." It actually builds up to something, so the longer outro is well justified. Definitely one of the better tracks (though an odd choice for a first single).
  • "I Will"--Maybe my favorite track off the album. Nice melody (more of that spookiness that's all over the album; I guess they've been in that mood since OK Computer, but this album still has feels unique for the band; maybe it's the tighter production) and very succinct.
  • "A Punch-Up at a Wedding"--Boring. Doesn't go anywhere. One track like this on an album would be fine, but this is like the fourth or fifth by now.
  • "Myxomatosis"--Sounds different right from the beginning. It has some neat dynamics, so it doesn't feel as flat as the rest of the tracks.
  • "Scatterbrain"--Another song that doesn't go anywhere. It has a few nice ideas that are drawn-and-quartered out to song length.
  • "A Wolf at the Door"--Everyone loves this one. It has the lyric "dance, you, fucker, dance, you fucker." C'mon.
Overall, it's a good, worthwhile album, but Radiohead fans hear some synths and decide it's the most innovative thing since light, so a good album turns into one of the best albums of the 21st century.
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httt may be sub par when compared to the rest of radiohead's catalogue, but it's still brilliant when compared to the other shit out there masquerading as music.
That's a not much of an excuse for any album; it's basically equivalent to "it could be worse."
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Not their strongest but hands down better than Amneisiac!!!
That's not saying much.
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A very good album.
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