But midway through the tribal thumper "Here Here," Greenwood lets loose with a squall of hot-blooded guitar not heard from this bunch since OK Computer. Greenwood's impassioned playing sets the tone for Thief, where Radiohead grounds its customary electronic envelope-pushing in more discernible, straight-up rock songs (such as the dirty funk workout "Go to Sleep"). Even the ballads work themselves into a frenzy here. Opener "2 + 2 = 5" is transformed from a quiet condemnation of overbearing authority figures into a melee of bloodcurdling wails and cacophonous guitar; "Sit Down, Stand Up" morphs from tender torch song with tinkling chimes into a frantic blitz of bustling circuitry. It's all progressive and palatable, making Thief an album even an Amnesiac couldn't forget.
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