Alternative // By AJ / 22 May, 2006
With the release of their new album being somewhat imminent (or is it, who knows with those crazy kids known as Radiohead), I thought it’d be fitting to take a look at their last studio release, Hail to the Thief. After the superb Kid A and the not-as-superb-but-still-pretty-decent Amnesiac, Radiohead fire back in 2003 with Hail to the Thief, a nice blend of the work done in Ok Computer with the experimental tones of Kid A and Amnesiac.
Depending on your stance with the band, Hail to the Thief is either one of their best albums or pretty ordinary. I take the “pretty awesome” stance on this occasion: tunes like There There (The Boney King of Nowhere), Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury & Executioner) and 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm) aptly demonstrate the bands willingness to step outside the traditional realms of what’s deemed as “alternative”, despite their public appearance of being overly-pretentious. The band’s life aside, this is a cracking album and from what I hear, their latest effort looks to continue the trend of quality music from them.
From Hail to the Thief
There There (The Boney King of Nowhere) – (YouTube)