Album Release: Mon 9 Jun 2003
6th studio album. Produced by Nigel Godrich
Following the electronic and jazz styles of Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief returned to the guitar rock of Radiohead's earlier albums, but retained electronic elements such as drum machines, synthesisers and digital manipulation.
To avoid the protracted recording sessions of previous albums, the band recorded it quickly, employing a live, 'spontaneous' approach.
Many of the album's lyrics were written in response to the War on Terror and the resurgence of right-wing politics in the West after the turn of the millennium.
Songwriter and vocalist Thom Yorke said the album expresses 'frustration and powerlessness and anger, and the huge gap between the people that put themselves in control and the people that allegedly voted for them.'