Thought for Food

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Thought for Food
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 3, 2002
Genre Folktronica [1]
Label Tomlab
The Books chronology
Thought for Food
The Lemon of Pink

Thought for Food is the debut studio album by American musical duo The Books. It contains all the characteristic elements of their sound: rich and varied sampling from a variety of mundane and instrumental sources combined into songs.



Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [2]
Pitchfork 9.0/10 [3]
Stylus Magazine A [4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 [5]

Pitchfork placed Thought for Food at number 125 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. [6]

Track listing

  1. "Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again" – 4:05
  2. "Read, Eat, Sleep" – 3:46
  3. "All Bad Ends All" – 2:42
  4. "Contempt" – 3:20
  5. "All Our Base Are Belong to Them" – 4:18
  6. "Thankyoubranch" – 5:05
  7. "Motherless Bastard" – 4:11
  8. "Mikey Bass" – 2:52
  9. "Excess Straussess" – 2:06
  10. "Getting the Done Job" – 3:49
  11. "A Dead Fish Gains the Power of Observation" – 1:07
  12. "Deafkids" – 1:10


  1. Macdonald, Cameron. "Lost and Safe with The Books". Tape Op . Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. Richardson, Mark. "Thought for Food – The Books". AllMusic . Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  3. Richardson, Mark (July 23, 2002). "The Books: Thought for Food". Pitchfork . Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  4. Estafan, Kareem (September 1, 2003). "The Books – Thought for Food – Review". Stylus Magazine . Archived from the original on October 29, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  5. "The Books – Thought for Food". Tiny Mix Tapes . Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  6. Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork . Retrieved October 1, 2009.

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