Forget advance word that Radiohead (see story, page 14) has returned to its rock roots for its sixth studio album.

Forget advance word that Radiohead (see story, page 14) has returned to its rock roots for its sixth studio album. Hail to the Thief finds the band mostly mining the experimental territory of its previous two albums, Kid A and Amnesiac. Indeed, "Backdrifts" has the same backwards keyboards that permeated Amnesiac's "Like Spinning Plates," and "Where I End and You Begin" references the "dinosaurs roaming the earth," from Kid A's "Optimistic." Fortunately, though, it's not just a rehash of those two albums. Throughout Hail, the band merges its now-signature esoteric sound with a more conventional rock bent. Witness such tracks as "Myxomatosis" and lead single "There There." But don't expect to be rewarded immediately, as Hail's riches unfold with multiple spins.—BT

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