More than two months before its planned June 10 North American release by Capitol, Radiohead’s upcoming album, “Hail to the Thief,” began appearing online in its entirety last weekend. Radiohead’s past two albums, “Kid A” and “Amnesiac,” were also were available online several weeks before street date, despite the fact that no advance copies were circulated and journalists were required to listen to them at the office of the band’s publicist.
Early listens to “Hail to the Thief” reveal it to be just as experimental as “Kid A” and “Amnesiac,” which debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200. The band continues to dabble in electronic music on such tracks as “Backdrifts” and “The Gloaming,” but veers back slightly to the more guitar-centric sound of its earlier work on such cuts as opener “2+2=5” and “There There.” The latter track is due to arrive May 26 as commercial single internationally.
Radiohead begins a U.K. tour of theater-sized venues May 17 in Dublin.