…More end-of-the-year lists: The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio listed Hail to the Thief among its albums of the year. “The quintet continues to dabble in electronica while clinging to rock, dividing listeners along familiar lines. Those who genuinely dislike the group are excused, but the ultra-avant-garde who ”used to like Radiohead” ought to get off their thrones and strap on some headphones — the band still delivers tunes with equal propensity to send hearts racing and to stop them cold.”
At Rough Trade Records, Hail to the Thief came in at number 52 on their Top Albums of 2003.
Hail to the Thief came in at number three on the Triple J listener’s Top 10 albums of 2003.
The Hershey Chronicle have HTTT listed on number three: Difficult, angular and challenging, Hail to the Thief is not the return to rock many had predicted. However, it is a great survey and a synthesis of the band’s recent experiments in techno and art-rock. That unholy union could be an unlistenable mess in lesser artists’ hands; in Radiohead’s, it results in new classics like the hypnotic “Where I End and You Begin” and the subtly-melodic “There There,” the band’s best single in years.
The Korea Times has the album listed as one of the best of 2003 as well.
The New York Times did the same: “Raising the stakes again after two albums of introspection, Radiohead stirs its sonic experiments into new ravaged anthems, engaging the outside world again with perplexity and rage.”
‘There There’ was #37 on John Peel’s 2003 festive 50 list, broadcast on BBC Radio 1.
[Thanks Doug, Dick, Anne, Chris, Ainslee]