Hail To The Thief (studio album) by Radiohead

Hail To The Thief by Radiohead
Year: 2003
Overall rank: 177th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 2,301 votes)
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Hail To The Thief is ranked 7th best out of 22 albums by Radiohead on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Radiohead is OK Computer which is ranked number 1 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 80,730.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.5/100, a mean average of 80.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.

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From 04/19/2023 14:03
While I do believe other Radiohead projects are better then this album, I did really enjoy it. Hail to the Thief captures the essence of Kid A’s Electronic and Ambient music, as well as The Bends’s rock music. Where I End and You Begin is a perfect example of combining Radiohead’s old, and new. Very Cool
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From 03/27/2023 03:44
My second least favorite Radiohead album...

One that has many great songs, but as a whole just doesn't feel as compact as other releases. I even prefer "The King of Limbs" because it is a more cohesive listening experience. I'm not the only one with this opinion, but yes, "Hail to the Thief" would be a much better record if it had like 3-4 songs cut from it (personally I would remove "Backdrifts", "We Suck Young Blood" and "The Gloaming" (I do like these songs, but I think taking them out would make the album as a whole flow much much better) and would include "Gagging Order" from their 2+2=5 EP).

Anyways, it's still an enjoyable music album. The first 3 songs are an amazing way to open up. After that, "Where I End and You Begin" and "There, There" are definitely two of their best songs ever, with a dark atmosphere that calls back immediately to "Amnesiac" or "Kid A" while reincorporating more rock sounds that were somewhat absent from their two earlier releases. "A Wolf At The Door" on another hand is a fabulous cut that doesn't really resemble any other of their songs.

Some people were wondering if this would get a re-release as their previous 3 records. I doubt it a lot. I think even the band knows it didn't get as much recognition as earlier or later material, but it's still interesting revisiting it.
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From 09/21/2022 16:55
Scatterbrain, A Wolf At The Door, There There, Sail To The Moon, I Will, 2+2=5, Go To Sleep..
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From 07/18/2022 15:00
Good music but somehow gets boring after a few listens.
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From 03/28/2022 06:04
Scatterbrain, A Punch at the Wedding and There, There. That's it.
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From 02/28/2022 23:56
Just another massively overrated crappy Radiohead album. Nothing more, nothing less.
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From 02/04/2022 15:40
As someone who stopped listening to Radiohead after OK Computer, this album was a great surprise.

Excellent mix of traditional and modern instrumentation…and more importantly, a return of the dramatic shifts in dynamics that attracted me to the band in the first place.
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From 01/14/2022 11:50
A little bit bloated which is the only reason I have it so low in Radiohead's bestography. But it's still a great album. There There is one of their best and has really grown on me over the years. Other highlights are A Wolf At The Door, Go To Sleep and A Punchup At The Wedding. Weak tracks are I Will and The Gloaming.
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From 01/02/2022 19:43
Buen discográfica, pero lejos de sus mejores momentos. Mezcla de sus dos épocas bien diferenciadas.
Mejor canción There there
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From 10/12/2021 07:34
A Wolf At The Door, There There, Sail To The Moon... beautiful tracks.
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