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Follow the link for more information. Hail to the Thief is the sixth studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 9 June 2003 by Parlophone in the UK and a day later by Capitol Records in the United States. Radiohead replaced their guitar-led rock sound with a more electronic style. In early 2002, after the Amnesiac tour had finished, Yorke sent his bandmates CDs containing demos of songs he was considering for Radiohead’s sixth album. The three CDs, The Gloaming, Episcoval and Hold Your Prize, comprised electronic music alongside piano and guitar sketches. At the suggestion of producer Nigel Godrich, most of Hail to the Thief was recorded in two weeks in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Hollywood culture influenced the album’s lyrics and artwork. Radiohead had created Kid A and Amnesiac through a years-long process of recording and editing that drummer Philip Selway described as “manufacturing music in the studio”. For their next album, the band sought to capture a more immediate, “live” sound. Most electronic elements were not overdubbed but recorded live in the studio. Radiohead tried to work quickly and spontaneously, avoiding procrastination and over-analysis. Inspired by the Beatles, Radiohead tried to keep the songs succinct.
5″, was initially recorded as a studio test, and was finished in two hours. Radiohead recorded most of Hail to the Thief in two weeks, with additional recording and mixing at Radiohead’s studio in Oxfordshire, England in late 2002 and early 2003. I was listening to a lot of political programs on BBC Radio 4. The Hail to the Thief lyrics were influenced by what Yorke called “the general sense of ignorance and intolerance and panic and stupidity” following the 2000 election of US President George W. At the time the father of an infant son, Yorke adopted a strategy of “distilling” the political themes into “childlike simplicity”.
Yorke also took phrases from Dante’s Inferno, the subject of his partner Rachel Owen’s PhD thesis. The phrase “hail to the thief” was used by anti-George W. Bush protesters during the controversy surrounding the 2000 US presidential election. Bush protesters during the controversy surrounding the 2000 US presidential election as a play on “Hail to the Chief”, the American presidential anthem. Though Yorke described Hail to the Thief as “very acoustic”, he denied that it was a “guitar record”. 5″ is a rock song that builds to a loud climax.
Stand Up”, an electronic song, was influenced by the jazz musician Charles Mingus. Backdrifts” is an electronic song about “the slide backwards that’s happening everywhere you look”. Go to Sleep” begins with an acoustic guitar riff described by Colin Greenwood as “1960s English sort of folk”. Jonny Greenwood used the ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument, on several tracks. Jonny Greenwood built from tape loops. Greenwood described it as “very old school electronica: no computers, just analogue synths, tape machines, and sellotape.
Yorke described “I Will” as “the angriest song I’ve ever written”, with lyrics inspired by news footage of a bomb shelter containing children and families being destroyed in the first Gulf War. Jonny Greenwood described “Scatterbrain” as “very simple and sort of quite pretty, but there’s something about the music for me, the chords for me, where it never quite resolves”. To create the album’s cover art, artist Stanley Donwood made lists of words and phrases drawn from roadside advertising in Los Angeles. Hail to the Thief’s artwork was created by Stanley Donwood, who has created the artwork for every Radiohead release since The Bends. The cover art, titled “Pacific Coast”, is a road map of Hollywood with words and phrases taken from Los Angeles’s roadside advertising, such as “God”, “TV” and “oil”, in place of buildings. Comparing the cover to the more subdued palettes of his prior Radiohead artworks, Donwood described the bright, “pleasing” colours as “ominous because all these colours that I’ve used are derived from the petrol-chemical industry None of it is natural.
It essentially comes from black sludge. We’ve created this incredibly vibrant society, but we’re going to have to deal with the consequences sooner or later. In April 2003, promotional posters spoofing talent recruitment posters appeared in Los Angeles and London with slogans taken from the lyrics of “We Suck Young Blood”. Yorke asked Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate to create a music video for lead single “There There”, but Postgate, who was retired, declined. Instead, a stop-motion animation video was created by Chris Hopewell. Hail to the Thief was released on 9 June 2003 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and a day later by Capitol Records in the United States. On March 30, 2003, ten weeks before release, an unmastered version of Hail to the Thief containing unfinished tracks was leaked online.
EMI decided against moving the album’s release date earlier to combat the leak. EMI’s vice president of new media Ted Mico said: “The leak did allow us to be in the press continually for the last 10 weeks. We’re confident people will buy this record. Hail to the Thief has a score of 85 out of 100 on review aggregate site Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim”. James Oldham of NME saw Hail to the Thief as “a good rather than great record the impact of the best moments is dulled by the inclusion of some indifferent electronic compositions. John Harris felt that some of the material “comes dangerously close to being all experimentalism and precious little substance”.