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Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the theif that stole the good music, 16 Jun 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
I am a massive fan of all Radiohead have done post-Pablo Honey (especially Kid A and Amnesiac) but this one just doesn't have the soul of its predecessors. You can argue all you like about the releative merits of some of the more experimental stuff on the last two but at least they had a depth of feeling and authenticity about them that is strikingly lacking here. There seems to be a need to summarize all their previous albums here with songs less definitive or imaginative than the originals. 'We Suck Young Blood', 'I will' and the likes cover the familiar, slower territory of 'How to Disappear Completely' and 'Pyramid Song' but go nowhere. The harder faster tracks such as the opener Myxomasis, '2+2=5' and its glitchy follower are as throwaway and dispassionate as Kid A's the 'National Anthem' - the worst track on that album. Only 'Where I End & You Begin', 'Wolf at the Door' and, to a lesser extent,'Backdrifts', reach the band's top form. I love both electronica and guitar music but neither of these forms are deployed with any imagination. I thought I'd never see the day that a new Blur album (Think Tank)would show more dynamism and atmosphere than that of Radiohead.


Deadringer
Deadringer
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, but derivative, instrumental hip-hop, 1 May 2003
This review is from: Deadringer (Audio CD)
I felt compelled to set the record straight on this album having been persuaded to buy it... Although this record may satisfy the various headz looking out for chopped-up, beat-laden, (largely) instrumental hip-hop - I felt that this was too close to DJ Shadow for comfort. Nearer in quality to Josh Davies' more recent, weaker effort, this doesn't come close to Endtroducing - all the components are there: scratched up trumpets, crackling beats, ancient soul samples, folksy strings etc.; but it is no more than a sum of its parts. It is certainly not as cynical as the souless cut and paste of Moby, but it doesn't have the depth of ideas (or feeling) that define RJD2's mentor.


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