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tomvejada
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#1 Posted on 10.6.03 1726.57
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I just finished listening to Radiohead's latest "Hail To The Thief" and its the usual excellence from Radiohead.

Standout tracks include, "Sit Down, Stand Up", "Myxamatosis", and my favorite "Backdrifts."

Overall, while not the classics that "OK Computer", and "Kid A" are, it's better than "Amniesiac."
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#2 Posted on 10.6.03 1921.30
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That's my take on it thusfar. It's still not a return to form, but it's the best thing they've done since the twin masterpieces of "The Bends" and "OK Computer".
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#3 Posted on 11.6.03 1206.50
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Much more listener-friendly and less erratic than the Kid Amnesiac albums. But I agree not on the level as The Bends or OK Computer.

The album title, of course refers to the presedential election of 1888. And most surprisingly of all, the album art, actually looks like art!
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#4 Posted on 11.6.03 1654.27
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    The album title, of course refers to the presedential election of 1888.


Somewhere, the spirit of Samuel Tilden is smiling.
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#5 Posted on 11.6.03 1728.36
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I thought that looked funny to my knows-WAY-too-much about presidential campaigns mind. Tilden was the opponent of Hayes in 1876 where Tilden got robbed by the south (Florida IIRC...odd) so that Reconstruction would end. 1888 was Cleveland vs. Harrison where Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the EC vote.

Wow I feel nerdy now.
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#6 Posted on 13.6.03 0024.40
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See, all of the US's problems come from the South. The North should've thrown the Civil War and said the hell with them.

Anyway, back to Radiohead. Got the album today, going to listen to it at work tomorrow. I've held off downloading the songs for this long, so it had better be damn good.
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#7 Posted on 18.6.03 0621.48
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Last night on MTV2, they had one of those $2 Bill shows.

Radiohead was on, and I think they're one of the best live bands today. They only played a couple of songs from "Hail to The Thief, but they played a lot of their greatest hits. Best song was "Idioteque."

I'm sure MTV2 will play it again this week.
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#8 Posted on 18.6.03 1907.29
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Odd to consider Radiohead a live band at all anymore, when most of their new music is played by pushing buttons.

[I'm not suggesting that it doesn't take some musical talent to compose this stuff; I like it. But it's like watching a man operate a switchboard.]
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#9 Posted on 19.6.03 1138.26
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Consensus building.....

Best since OK Computer....

Non-conformity.......

Better than The Bends
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#10 Posted on 19.6.03 1543.53
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    Odd to consider Radiohead a live band at all anymore, when most of their new music is played by pushing buttons.

    [I'm not suggesting that it doesn't take some musical talent to compose this stuff; I like it. But it's like watching a man operate a switchboard.]



I've seen them live, and you'd be amazed at how much of their sound is Ed O'Brien and Jonny Greenwood making really weird noises with their guitars.
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#11 Posted on 20.6.03 1409.01
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Yeah....lots of guitar in their live show. It's actually pretty rocking...even the stuff off Amnesiac and KID A.
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#12 Posted on 20.6.03 1758.15
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Check out the live EP, I Might Be Wrong, that came out after the Amnesiac tour of 2001. You can hear how rockin` the Kid A/Amnesiac songs turn out live...I prefer the live versions.
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#13 Posted on 21.6.03 0616.01
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That live CD is pretty good.

A very good song on it that's actually better live is "Like Spinning Plates."
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#14 Posted on 21.6.03 1716.05
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The record is good. REALLY good. I'd put it right up there with OK Computer and Kid A as the three best records they've done.

And speaking of "I Might Be Wrong"...how amazing is it that even a regular live album by these guys is better than 95% of the stuff you hear in the mainstream world these days?
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#15 Posted on 21.6.03 2009.13
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    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
    Better than The Bends


That's pushing it.
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#16 Posted on 21.6.03 2318.35
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard



    That's pushing it.



No it's not.
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#17 Posted on 23.6.03 0009.46
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I fucking love Radiohead. I've been mulling over where to stick Hail to the Thief in ranking the greatest of their albums. I guess it would be:

1) Kid A
2) The Bends
3) Hail to the Thief
4) OK Computer
5) Amnesiac
6) Pablo Honey

I love the new songs. The standout one for me on this album would be Wolf at the Door.

On a side note, I got tickets to see them on 8/20. This will be my first time. I had tickets to see them two years ago when they were going to play two consecutive shows in a row in Centreville, VA at a place called Bull Run Park. Unfortunately, we had the thunderstorm of the century for the first show and it was cancelled. The next show was also cancelled b/c it rained so hard the stage sank. SO, for this year's show, we're going to have t-shirts made that say "Bull Run Survivor" on them.

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#18 Posted on 24.6.03 1738.21
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I am loving the hell out of this album so far. My Radiohead power rankings:

1. OK Computer
2. Kid A
3. Hail To The Theif
4. The Bends
5. Amnesiac
6. Pablo Honey
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#19 Posted on 25.6.03 0245.44
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1. The Bends
2. OK Computer
3. Hail to the Thief
4. Kid A
5. Amnesiac (though if Radiohead had just made ONE 13-14 song album of these two, it would've ruled)
6. Pablo Honey

From HttT, I really like Punch-Up At A Wedding, Backdrifts and Myxomatosis.
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