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Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since OK Computer., 10 May 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
After the last two albums, Kid A and Amnesiac, no-one had any idea how this album would turn out. Some reviews had predicted a very raw album, and others believed that it would merely be more electronic music. Both of these answers are correct in their own respect. Some of the songs use a pure rock sound, such as '2+2=5' and 'Myxamatosis', although this is not to say that the songs aren't complex. Other songs are more like those heard on Kid A and Amnesiac, such as 'Backdrifts' and 'The Gloaming'. There are also plenty of tracks which are a combination of the two. The best example of this is 'Sit Down, Stand Up'. This starts out as a soft, ambient rock song, and then in comes a fast electronic drum beat similar to those in drum n bass music. This is a really interesting combination that works well. As an album on the whole, the track order could have been chosen better, as at times the album can sound a bit disjointed, especially between 'We Suck Young Blood' and 'The Gloaming'. However, the overall sound of the album is brilliant. It is very relaxed, despite the harshness of some of the songs. The best tracks are '2+2=5', the dream-like 'Sail To The Moon', the catchy 'Go To Sleep', the paranoid 'Myxamatosis', and the eerie 'A Wolf At The Door'. There are plenty of other good tracks, and the only one that could possibly bring the album down is 'The Gloaming'.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, 2 Nov. 2002
This review is from: NIRVANA-NIRVANA (Audio CD)
The album is less of a "Best Of" and more of a Singles Collection, which I have no problem with. I'm glad to see no "Polly" as that is Nirvana's most over-rated song. Fortunately it contains Nirvana classics such as "About a Girl", "In Bloom", "Rape Me" and "All Apolagies", as well as their great cover of "The Man Who Sold The World", and obviously "Smells Like Teen Spirit". However, there are less of the songs that contain the 'messy' sound that made them great, for example "Love Buzz", "Stay Away" or "Milk It". This sound probably did not appeal to a lot of people, so the track listing is still good. The most outstanding tracks are "Lithium", "All Apolagies" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"

Let Go
Let Go
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again!, 27 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
For the third time running, Nada Surf have made a brilliant album. I'll go through it song by song.
Blizzard of '77 - A good acoustic number, possibly not the best choice for an opener, but it's short and simple
The Way You Wear Your Head - Quite catchy, however probably the weakest track on the album.
Fruit Fly - This is where the album really starts, this song starts off as a mellow acoustic song and grows into a faster, catchier tune
Blonde on Blonde - a very calming song, about walking around in the rain listening to your walkman just watching the world go by, one of the best on the album
Inside of Love - an amazing track, however, very depressing
Hi-Speed Soul - This is the rockiest song, and much like their old songs (such as Treehouse, Deeper Well, Bacardi, Dispossesion). Great guitar and great song
No-Quick Fix - another catchy song
Killian's Red - probably the best song on the album, something about it that I can't describe
La Pour Ca - a song written because of Nada Surf's huge french fanbase, it is all in french
Happy Kid - good, but a bit too much like No Quick Fix, still nice and catchy though
Treading Water - this is a song I can see being a classic, with its great intro, guitar and lyrics
Paper Boats - a long song, but a very good long song, again great lyrics

Kid A
Kid A
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars indescribable, 15 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
I didn't get Kid A when it first came out, and so due to what everyone said about it, I wasn't as shocked as some people, but there is so much to describe, the only good way is to go through it track by track.
Everything In It's Right Place - Probably the best opener the band have done. The first few notes before the drumbeat get you into the feel of the album instantly. The track is made mainly of synths, and Thom Yorke has very distorted vocals.
Kid A - The most obscure track on the album. It was made entirely on computer, and the singing is a computerised voice given a tune. Takes a while to get into, but very good.
The National Anthem - One of the catchiest tunes on the album. It starts off with just a powerful bassline, and you are later hit with great drumming, paranoid singing, eerie synthesisers and one of the most dramatic horn sections I've ever heard
How To Disappear Completely - The "depressing" song on the album (Like Exit Music and Street Spirit). However the lyrics aren't too despressing, but the sound is. It is probably the best written track on the album, but not actually the best.
Treefingers - The only weak track, only really one for die-hard experimental fans. For me it's just noise
Optimistic - This song is more back to basics. It has what everyone loves them for - catchy guitar, clever lyrics and amazing singing. It's not short of synthesisers either.
In Limbo - A very chilled out track. It's a really good song, but the kind of song you like but don't remember how it goes.
Idioteque - The only song catchier than The National Anthem on the album. A dance track with very powerful lyrics sung brilliantly by Thom. Probably best known for its drum beat
Morning Bell - A song which can only really be compared to No Surprises, and that's only for its lyrics about feeling trapped in a boring life. The most noticable parts of the song are the drums and Thom Yorke's astounding singing voice
Motion Picture Soundtrack - Probably my favourite Radiohead song ever. A simple song with basic chords on an organ, and later with a harp effect. This is the kind of song which will leave you breathless after every listen. The singing is incredible, as are the lyrics. A soft song and a better choice could not be made for the last track. If only it had been put on OK Computer instead of The Tourist, then it would be the best album in the world, but they saved it for Kid A.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, but no Proximity Effect, 16 July 2002
This review is from: High/Low (Audio CD)
This album is brilliant, and although not as good as their follow-up, this shows how they progressed into a more mellow sound. The album opens with the crunching guitar of "Deeper Well", probably the least original song on the album, but a great rock tune. The following track, "The Plan" is great! With its fast, catchy bass-line and heart touching bridge makes its very complex. Popular is the worst song as its a tad boring. "Sleep" is a catchy rock tune with chilling verses. "Stalemate" shows the first really mellow track, and boy do they do it well, with a wicked solo at the end. "Treehouse is another fast rock tune. "Icebox" is a very touching song, although still a great rock song as well, and the same goes for "Psychic Caramel". "Hollywood" is a great song because it switches between fast and loud to mellow and heart warming several times in one minute, but is still easy to listen to. "Zen Brain" is the song the whole album works up to. It will warm your heart and leave you breathless, the lyrics are great with Matthew Caws singing "Throw away your crushes, all your chilhood crutches", and the calming guitar is amazing too. The whole song leaves you thinking about everything you've ever done, and is by far the best on the album. All in all, this is a great album, and despite only being about 30 minutes long, is well worth it.

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