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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's finest singles
2+2=5 is the best single Radiohead have put out since 'No Surprises' and it is accompanied with a few surprises of its own. The remix of Scatterbrain is a genuinely diverting reexamination of the song, while the LA version of I Will loses none of the original's direct simplicity. Meanwhile 2+2=5 represents Radiohead's greatest talents, shifting gear effortlessly from a...
Published on 29 Nov 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just cos you played it doesn't mean it should be there
"2+2=5," the latest brilliant single from Radiohead's brilliant Hail To The Thief album has every right to be all over the radio. Beginning with an electronic buzz and building to a freakout awash in guitars, the track deserves its place in the dictionary as an example of the word "catharsis." Additionally, Radiohead releases are usually causes for joy because with...
Published on 21 Dec 2003 by Stephen Perrot


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3.0 out of 5 stars Just cos you played it doesn't mean it should be there, 21 Dec 2003
This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
"2+2=5," the latest brilliant single from Radiohead's brilliant Hail To The Thief album has every right to be all over the radio. Beginning with an electronic buzz and building to a freakout awash in guitars, the track deserves its place in the dictionary as an example of the word "catharsis." Additionally, Radiohead releases are usually causes for joy because with singles come b-sides, where the band is allowed to run free. Curiously, this more commercialised song does not get regular b-sides, rather alternate versions of songs from HTTT. The new take on "Myxomatosis" gives us an inkling of what the song might have been during the Kid A area and makes us appreciate that it's on HTTT instead. The demo of "There There" is only interesting as a means of looking into the band's developmental and creative process and makes the listener thankful that they cleaned it up for inclusion on HTTT. Great single, but weakish b-sides on CD1. CD2 fares better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's finest singles, 29 Nov 2003
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This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [Cd2] [CD 2] (Audio CD)
2+2=5 is the best single Radiohead have put out since 'No Surprises' and it is accompanied with a few surprises of its own. The remix of Scatterbrain is a genuinely diverting reexamination of the song, while the LA version of I Will loses none of the original's direct simplicity. Meanwhile 2+2=5 represents Radiohead's greatest talents, shifting gear effortlessly from a sparse, beautiful introduction to an explosive finale. As a protest record it outstrips anything else this year, but it is far more than just that; it is a song to rank with Radiohead's finest, and the B-sides make this single an essential purchase for all Radiohead fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have not been paying attention., 21 Dec 2003
This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [Cd2] [CD 2] (Audio CD)
"2+2=5," the latest brilliant single from Radiohead's brilliant Hail To The Thief album has every right to be all over the radio. Beginning with an electronic buzz and building to a freakout awash in guitars, the track deserves its place in the dictionary as an example of the word "catharsis." Additionally, Radiohead releases are usually causes for joy because with singles come b-sides, where the band is allowed to run free. Curiously, this more commercialised song does not get regular b-sides, rather alternate versions of songs from HTTT. The Four Tet remix of "Scatterbrain" is quite skittish and fits nicely with the tone of the song. The gorgeously smooth version of "I Will" could almost show up on an easy listening station, and would be a viable single option in and of itself. Die hard fans would prefer unreleased tracks, but this disc is a nice appetite whetter for the remix album rumoured to be dropping in 2004. Skip CD1 and get this one instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the year by far, 1 Nov 2003
This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
And so the Oxford four-piece continue to impress with the probably the finest track from their excellent sixth album Hail To The Thief. 2+2=5 starts with the best guitar riff they've done since Paranoid Android, a haunting, flowing melody that, after a short tension-builder, morphs into an irresistable rock-out anthem. It could have done with being a bit longer but is still easily the best Radiohead song since Pyramid Song (although their last single Go To Sleep came close). Here's hoping the next one will be Where I End And You Begin or Scatterbrain.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song, 24 Nov 2003
This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
Great Song, disappointing b-sides though, should realise up on the ladder or maybe an old unreleased song such as follow me around.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissappointing, 18 Nov 2003
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Mr. C. Eames "ce124" (Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The track 2+2=5 is ok but why buy the single for 4 when you can get the full album for about 10? I buy Radiohead singles for the b-sides. I know they will cash in and release a b-sides album or a rarities box set at some point but it's good to hear the b-sides now. They are a good indicator of the level the band are at. In the past RH b-sides were consistently superb but ever since the Amnesiac singles there has been a definite dip in quality. I hope we get a few more good RH releases before they retire. HTTT and Bodysong bode well for the future but the b-sides themselves worry me because presented with 2+2=5 are awful remixes and studio outtakes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An immensly dissapointing single, 12 Nov 2003
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M. Young "Amuro Ray" (Liverpool UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 2 + 2 = 5 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
After the ever popular radiohead albums "OK Computer" and "The Bends" the band did the unthinkable and commited commercial suicide. The brilliant albums Kid A and Amnesiac, rather than re-tread old ground offered a new sound and brilliant new songs. Both electronia and piano/jazz based music was experimented with to full effect. But with the release of the disspointing "Hail to the Thief", rather than advance further radiohead just re treaded old ground, not only the ground of kid a but mostly the ground already covered by there first 3 albums. This track is quite possibly the most dissapointing radiohead song ever. It starts off sterotypically miserable, with a terrible drum track and uninspired melody. Then the song "freaks out" into an "edgy" few minutes of meaningless guitar fuzz and the belted out nonsense of Thom Yorke.

Not only this, but the b-sides (usually very well done by this band) are terrible remixes and the DVD edition doesn't evenhave the 2+2=5 video!!! (as they were too lazy to do one)
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