Radiohead
Go to Sleep


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pechorin USER (23 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Radiohead -- Go to Sleep

Thom Yorke -- Vocals/guitar
Ed O'Brien -- Guitar
Jonny Greenwood -- Guitar
Colin Greenwood -- Bass
Philip Selway -- Drums

It's time for an overhaul of a very subpar review I did a very long time ago.

With Hail to the Theif, Radiohead blended styles of their previous albums to get a very unique-sounding record produced. Many fans wanted them to revert back to the guitar anthems of The Bends or the genius of OK Computer. They thought albums like Kid A were too artsy; too electronic to be good albums to listen to. Still, there were others who wanted this electronic sound, claiming it to be the true pinnacle of Radiohead's genius. Thus, HTTT blended these into a very cool, though sometimes very creepy album. However, one track, Go to Sleep stood out as a song that could have fit onto an older album of theirs such as The Bends. As with all of their previous efforts, Radiohead left some very strong material for B-Sides with the new album.

Go to Sleep features some very well-crafted songs that would suit a fan of Radiohead's earlier material. First, there is the title track itself, Go to Sleep. Political in nature, this song is mostly driven by a loosely arpeggiated acoustic guitar, though there is a heavier breakdown towards the end of the song. The other songs on this EP follow the same suit. Gagging Order is a very pretty acoustic ballad that features Thom Yorke alone with his guitar. I find it very similar to "Lozenge of Love" from their other excellent EP, My Iron Lung. The last song, I Am A Wicked Child, is a very groovy, bluesy song. It steadily gains force and tension as the song progresses, and it is an excellent piece to go along with the other two songs.

This album demonstrates that Radiohead can still put out great rock songs that hearken back to their older style. It also shows how they can make some of the best B-Sides in the business; ones that are strong enough to actually compete with their 'real' material. If you're a fan, I highly recomment this album. I would rate it higher than a 4, but since there are only three songs, that is as high a rating I will give it. I hope this helps out some.



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sonnycloudy
January 29th 2005


1 Comments


Wasn't Citizen Insane on this album?

Kingadamx
August 12th 2005


120 Comments


I believe that there are two different releases of this ep/single, and citizen insane is on the other release.

woofwoofwoof
August 22nd 2005


156 Comments


its funny how he gave the songs a 4, 4.5, and 5, and it turned out to be three stars. i mean... four dollars for a 4.5? so what if it has 3 songs!

Pechorin
November 6th 2005


160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay, I re-reviewed it, as the older style was very dated and not very informative. Sorry it took so long.This Message Edited On 12.01.05

Wolfy
November 16th 2007


101 Comments


gagging order is really awsome. I dont like the other 2 all that much tho.

mezzasun
August 14th 2008


16 Comments


radiohead needs to release an album with rarities like gagging order and cuttooth on them
i would definatly but it

Dylan620
April 10th 2010


1054 Comments


Probably my favorite track off of Hail to the Thief, along with "2+2=5."

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010


15083 Comments


the best are the opener, the closer and 'there there'

oltnabrick
January 18th 2013


31604 Comments


Go to Sleep is the best song on this one. this ep is sort of pointless though



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