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4 stars Musically (regardless of taste), the order of Radiohead from best to worst (of their mainstream albums) goes as thus:

OK Computer/Kid A The Bends Hail to the Thief Amnesiac Pablo Honey

You can argue all you want with me, but unless you can name me every single mode in existence and sing an Ab harmonic minor scale using solfeg, then you will be wrong. That said, you can see where Hail to the Thief stands. It is probably one of the most diverse Radiohead albums, which is saying a lot, and draws a lot of influence from a jazzy contemporary sound rather than the technoie progression fround on Kid A. At the same time, it is very similar to Kid A, but with more "singable" songs rather than instrumental or moodlike qualities. It also may take a bit to get used to... a few listens perhaps, but the content and quality is there. And it's even more inspiring and genius considering that it DOES take so long to realize how great it is. That's called depth people.

I would love to go through every song and explain why it's great (minus about four tracks which seem more like fillers than anything), but I'm too lazy. Simply put, you should find a way to get your hands on this because you won't regret. This album is simply amazing and though it may go unnoticed, kind of like Pink Floyd's Animals, true fans of GOOD music will forever remember this as a culminating achievement in the Radiohead, and musical, world.

BTW - I only use five star stuff for purely genius albums (ie, elliot smith). This is probably in the 97% of best albums out there, regardless of the fact I give it four stars.

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