Customer Reviews


202 Reviews
5 star:
 (104)
4 star:
 (66)
3 star:
 (13)
2 star:
 (6)
1 star:
 (13)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail to the thief!
Even if these reissues are just a way of squeezing every last penny out of Radiohead fans, the record company have done a great job on them.
The album itself makes up the first CD. i will not say much about it as everything that needs to be said about Hail to the Thief is probably covered in other peoples' reviews. it is left just as it was, as it should be in my...
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Kid Z

versus
3.0 out of 5 stars Fail To The Thief!
The final Radiohead album for EMI, "Hail To The Thief" came a couple of years later and takes the musical experimentalism and new directions of the previous two albums, and forges them into a concentrated whole. It neither broke new ground, nor spoilt the narrative. Radiohead created in this a stuttering, paranoid whole, obsessed with the end of times, the final days of...
Published on 24 July 2009 by Mr. M. A. Reed


‹ Previous | 1 221 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail to the thief!, 26 Oct 2010
Even if these reissues are just a way of squeezing every last penny out of Radiohead fans, the record company have done a great job on them.
The album itself makes up the first CD. i will not say much about it as everything that needs to be said about Hail to the Thief is probably covered in other peoples' reviews. it is left just as it was, as it should be in my opinion - i don't think there's any need for remastering, and appending any bonus tracks to this disc would stop it ending the way it was meant to. radiohead albums always end well so it's fortunate that it's kept that way.
the second CD is all the B-sides from the album's singles plus a few live songs. (most of this is on the COM LAG (2plus2isfive) EP.) the B-side songs, while not as good overall as the album songs, are quirky and/or interesting, and still very good. Gagging Order is just gorgeous. NOTE: THIS 'LOS ANGELES VERSION' OF 'I WILL' IS DIFFERENT TO THE ONE ON THE COM LAG EP. THE ONE HERE ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE IT'S AN EXTENDED VERSION OF THE ALBUM VERSION.
the DVD has the music videos for the singles and four songs performed on Later... with Jools Holland. there could probably be more on here but oh well.
also in the box is the original booklet (again it's good that this is kept the same - the artwork is great), three postcards with the covers of the singles on them and, best of all, a huge fold-out map which i believe came with a limited edition version of the album - as with the second Kid A booklet and the Amnesiac library card it was quite generous to include this.
So, in summary, you'll get your money's worth even if you already own Hail to the Thief and Com Lag. and it's definitely better value than the version which just has the two CDs.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?, 6 May 2003
By 
Mr. Gideon D. Brody "twitter me: gideon_" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Having scaled great heights both commercially and musically It seems incredible that Radiohead, with their fifth album, Hail To The Thief, are able to not only scale similar mountainous heights once again but they are in fact on course to surpass them.
OK Computer, Radiohead’s zenith moment and worthy of all the acclaim it received arrived into our homes with meteoric effect. Astounded by its clear brilliance the world became besotted with the intelligent musicianship of the Oxford collective. Ok Computer’s impact was clearly massive - the crater it created is something than any band would struggle to claw itself out of. The testing but worthwhile Kid A and the even less accessible Amnesiac were clear reactions of a band fearful of plummeting from their self-made position of apogee.
Both Kid A and Amnesiac were careful (and fitfully beautiful) treads in the direction of Hail To The Thief which dutifully avoids the stickier protracted attempts at computer experimentation that beset the two aforementioned albums and puts an emphasis on the band’s supreme song-writing skills and moreover, the enchanting and often haunting voice of Thom Yorke.
Gone will be all those ill-informed Aphex Twin comparisons given the much heavier use of guitars (’Where I End & You Begin’, ’2+2 = 5’, ‘There There‘) than on the last two albums but that isn’t to say that it pays homage in any big way to Radiohead’s breakthrough album The Bends. No, Radiohead are certainly not about to regress and they certainly are in no mood to play the old rock trick of ‘going back to what you know best’. As an exposition of the band themselves, Hail To The Thief is a clear indication that Radiohead are comfortable with where they are now - making symphonic sounds that pierce your soul and endure until the songs themselves become irremovable fixtures in your mind. Radiohead are clearly not interested in the idle fancies of ordinary pop musicians and money-sucking uber-producers yet it is the challenging and brutal yet beautifully melancholic nature of this band and this album that allows tracks to outlive the 3 minute perfection of radio-friendly post-pop.
Whilst eclipsing previous achievements may be an impossible task Radiohead are still gaining plenty from the album-making process and as a result Hail To the Thief has a very polished feel. The vocals of Yorke are beautifully harmonized like never before(’Sail To The Moon‘, ‘I Will‘), the electrical wizardry is measured (’The Gloaming‘) and the pace of the album is carefully programmed so that its shocks then lulls you in emotionally. With your breath taken you are left in a state of truly satisfied reverie.
An astonishing album by an extraordinary band.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tunage!, 14 Aug 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I have been collecting these 2 CD DVDs from Pablo Honey up to Hail to the Thief and yet more beautiful music from Yorke and the gang has been produced, my only dissapointment was in the DVD which was a little lacking in body, especially when you compare it with The Bends, the bonus material almost double the content of the main disc, with tons live vids and alternate takes on the DVD, yet hail to the thief only had about 15 mins of content. :( thats what made me only give it 4 stars, but the music itself is all 5 stars. Sit down/stand up. What a tune.

"The raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops..."
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail To Radiohead, 26 Aug 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Radiohead as a band clearly have a mission. To unequivocally prove to the world, that they are the most creative and original band of their generation. Well, in that case, 'Mission accomplished boys'. Tom and the guys give us another master piece which is head to toes full of colossal music, impeccable production and deeply meaningful lyrics.
My favourite tracks from 'Hail To The Thief' are the very boundaries of the album. Track 01, '2+2=5' and the closing tracks of the album 'Scatterbrain'
and 'A Wolf at the Door'. How does this album compare to their previous ones? Well, it's not quite anything like 'Kid A', but on the other hand it's nothing like 'The Bends' either. Most probably, it's somewhere in between. Some critics have said that Radiohead are completely mixed up and that they have completely lost their direction. Perhaps these critics are right, but the result is still top notch quality.
I miss the old Radiohead, I really do. 'OK Computer' and 'The Bends' have earned them a place in Rock History. However, this album which is a clear cut better than 'Amnesiac', still deserves to be bought.
This album is definitely not their career's bet, but for me, its still thumbs up for Radiohead's number 6 studio album. Hail To Radiohead!.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mastering makes a difference, 10 Jun 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
For anyone who grabbed the internet leak of this album and are now wondering whether its really worth buying a cd which you've already been listening to for a couple of months the answer is delete your mp3s now and buy this album. The band warned us that the leaked version was not the final cut but it is astounding how much difference there is. The sound is fuller, the instrumentals more pronounced and Thom Yorkes vocals are now more haunting than they have ever been. Hail to the Thief is now an epic rivalled only by OK Computer and whilst for sheer beauty it will forever remain second best, the roller coaster of emotions which Radioheads latest offering provides is nothing but phenomenal. From the first signs of anger since the bends in the anti capitalist 2+2=5 through the unadulterated beauty of sail to the moon and I will and finnally finishing with perhaps the best song since Paranoid Android in a Wolf at the Door, the album leaves nothing unturned. Many feared that Radioheads days of exploring new musical frontiers were numbered and the synthesisers had been pushed to their limit, well perhaps they have but in that case Yorke et al have responded with an epic summary of their hugely distinguished career.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!! Although still second best to The Bends, 24 May 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
I managed to get the album 2 months before its release, which, being a massive radiohead fan was brilliant. The Album is an epic in its own right, its one of those album's you could listen right the way through without skipping songs. '2+2=5' could be quite comfortable on 'ok computer', its starts out slow, but climaxe's into some hard guitar work. But that aside the best song on the album is 'we suck young blood', it reminds me of 'Pyramid song', but i think its the best song they have brought out in years. It has a haunting sound of a piano with some fret pulling of the guitar in the background with swooping bass notes. The music is amazing, but what makes the song is Thom Yorke's unbelievable voice. A definate buy for the big radiohead fans, but also a great buy for the average fan. If you didn't like Kid A or Amnesiac, you'll be surprised at how they have linked together the old sound and the new sound and came to a medium which will rocket them into the charts once more
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Radiohead Classic., 28 April 2003
By 
Ernie (Los Angeles) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
When you first heard Creep from Radiohead, you either thought this is a good song from a band that will have more to offer in the future or you thought that this is a good song from a one hit wonder. Little did everyone know that the "Creep" group would later turn out two great followups in "The Bends" and "OK Computer". Radiohead would later leave thier mark on music with "Kid A" and "Amnesiac". Kid A and Amnesiac would leave people thinking what else can this band do and have they already peaked or already reached thier pinacle. I am here to tell you that they have not reached it yet. With the release of "Hail to the thief" Radiohead is once again leaving people baffeled and amazed that this band can constantly reinvent itself. The one thing that sets Hail to the thief apart is the fact that the albums tracks could have easily have gone on any of the previous albums. What makes Hail to the thief different is the fact that this album is in the the tradition of Radiohead's previous albums of always pushing the boundry of music. Some of the tracks are completely different from one another yet they flow so perfectly well together. Radiohead has yet again proven that they can not be pigeon holed into a genre of music or labeled as a typical rock band. You will not be disappointed when you buy this album today.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year?......., 3 May 2003
By 
Mr. Gideon D. Brody "twitter me: gideon_" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Having scaled great heights both commercially and musically It seems incredible that Radiohead, with their fifth album, Hail To The Thief, are able to not only scale similar mountainous heights once again but they are in fact on course to surpass them.

OK Computer, Radiohead's zenith moment and worthy of all the acclaim it received arrived into our homes with meteoric effect. Astounded by its clear brilliance the world became besotted with the intelligent musicianship of the Oxford collective. Ok Computer's impact was clearly massive - the crater it created is something than any band would struggle to claw itself out of. The testing but worthwhile Kid A and the even less accessible Amnesiac were clear reactions of a band fearful of plummeting from their self-made position of apogee.

Both Kid A and Amnesiac were careful (and fitfully beautiful) treads in the direction of Hail To The Thief which dutifully avoids the stickier protracted attempts at computer experimentation of the two aforementioned albums and puts an emphasis on the band's supreme song-writing skills and moreover, the enchanting and often haunting voice of Thom Yorke.

Gone will be all those ill-informed Aphex Twin comparisons given the much heavier use of guitars ('Where I End & You Begin', '2+2 = 5', 'There There') than on the last two albums but that isn't to say that it pays homage in any big way to Radiohead's breakthrough album The Bends. No, Radiohead are certainly not about to regress and they certainly are in no mood to play the old rock trick of 'going back to what you know best'. As an exposition of the band themselves, Hail To The Thief is a clear indication that Radiohead are comfortable with where they are now - making symphonic sounds that pierce your soul and endure until the songs themselves become irremovable fixtures in your mind. Radiohead are clearly not interested in the idle fancies of ordinary pop musicians and money-sucking uber-producers yet it is the challenging and brutal yet beautifully melancholic nature of this band and this album that allows tracks to outlive the 3 minute perfection of radio-friendly post-pop.

Whilst eclipsing previous achievements may be an impossible task Radiohead are still gaining plenty from the album-making process and as a result Hail To the Thief has a very polished feel. The vocals of Yorke are beautifully harmonized like never before('Sail To The Moon', 'I Will'), the electrical wizardry is measured ('The Gloaming') and the pace of the album is carefully programmed so that its shocks then lulls you in emotionally. With your breath taken you are left in a state of truly satisfied reverie.

An astonishing album by an extraordinary band.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheering and waving, twitching and salivating at HTTT, 19 Mar 2005
By 
Ralph De Cordova "Ralph" (Cumbria, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Hmmm... what can I say. This is a typically brilliant album from one of the best bands ever (although sadly I doubt this will be acknowledged when we looking back in a couple of decades) and quite simply represents a group who have their own unique style and can put tremendous variety into their work, as well as add thought-provoking lyrics and leave the rest of recent popular music in a light much worse than you've ever seen before, simply because you've discovered the greatest band of the last 20 years.
Admittedly, it will take a few listens to get into this album, as has been stated before, but patience will pay dividends and at the 20th listen you will be brainwashed into knowing who are the greatest artists of this era. Instead of liking inferior dross you will be marvelling at the wonderful evocative wails of Thom Yorke and the guitars in songs like "2+2=5" and "There There"; the piano that leads superb songs like "Sail To The Moon" (which takes a "Say 'No' to time signatures" stance) and the evil "We Suck Young Blood" (which any self-respecting vampire would have as his signature tune) as well as the bittersweet "Punch Up At A Wedding"; the riff-heavy and political (yeah Green Day, you don't have to be as subtle as a cow's arse in Antarctica to be political) "Go To Sleep"; the electronica-mad yet compelling "Myxomatosis" (spell that will you!); and finishing with "A Wolf At The Door" which - had it been released as a single - would have left mainstream nobody rappers like 50 Cent/Eminem looking like the chav at the back of the class with just his ego for a friend.
If you don't like any of Radiohead's work, be it The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A or HTTT, then you're not human.... who needs slapped*. Which reminds me, I need to slap somebody....
*The author of the above review does not advocate the use of violence against human or non-human species, although would encourage any readers to buy the above product or any products related to the band "Radiohead" from this website as a kind gesture to the hosts of this review and to your lacklustre record collection.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RADIOHEAD ARE BACK WITH ANOTHER CLASSIC!, 18 April 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
First of all, yes this is in the same vein as "kid A" and "amnesiac", but if you're not a fan of these albums, don't let that put you off. This still has enough elements from "o.k. computer" to keep you more than satisfied. More focus has gone on using "real" instruments than on the two previous albums. Radiohead now have a much more mature sound and have really found a niche in the ever sterile music market of today. There are still elements of electronica throughout "hail to the thief", but these greatly enhance the overall sound of the album.
Every track is an absolute corker, but "sit down. stand up." has to be my personal favourite. Thom Yorke's ethereal vocals are layered upon a piano loop and bits of electronica, which build up wonderfully to a climax where the music changes dramatically into fast placed blips (I promise you the final effect is a lot better than i've described!)
A lot of people's "top 10 albums" lists are going to be changed with the release of this one, I know mine has! Enjoy!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 221 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews