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June 02, 2003

"Hail to the Thief" reviews start

This week's Breakfast Table at Slate is all about Hail to the Thief, the new Radiohead that most of the nonfamous posse has been listening to for months, courtesy of Pete. It is clearly going to be an Important Record, and I can feel the beginnings of that slight pain that comes from being an early adopter-- that need in my gut to say things like, "Yeah, I was listening that a while ago." Really, it's not my fault--I'm not trying to sound like the interlocutor is so five minutes ago, but that's indeed what I'll be thinking. It's already the music most associated with April and May, but now into June I feel like I'm just beginning to really get past the surface.

Except for the fact that I think I'll be listening to it for quite some time. Though I don't expect it to be this year's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Radiohead being less aurally cuddly than Wilco), it is already firmly implanted in my consciousness.

One of the Slate reviewers keeps going on about it being a lullabye-- if so, one meant to spawn nightmares. Thom Yorke's creepy voice keeps wheedling in with little refrains like "it's too late now, it's tooooo laaaaaate now." Of course it is, don't go reminding us.

But do, do remind us. HTTT is urgent, but its sound is such that this urgency stays in the background-- subaltern but ever-present, just as urgency should be if it is to be effective. It's in my brain, in an uncomfortable way, just like a good workout sits in your muscles.

Anyway, the Slate thing promises to be good reading this week, with an obvious soundtrack.

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