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By now, everyone knows how adventurous Radiohead are, which makes this live record--a hairy rock-band cliché--seem like a strange capper to their decidedly cliché-rejecting records. But throughout the hubbub surrounding Kid A, and its Amnesiac companion piece, Radiohead never embraced the notion that they're reinventing anything. Even while a tempest of critics hailed the band as saviors, pulling rock from the jaws of consumerist self-destruction, the band ignored it all, going into stadiums and working out their twisted angst through angry, direct means. "National Anthem"'s fuzzed-out riff rages aggressively behind Thom Yorke's crazed, breath-scat vocal, giving the song a rollicking edge that was nowhere on Kid A. The same effect is heard on "Idioteque," as Yorke, getting backup vocal help from the crowd, sings over an acoustic beat, removing the distant, electronic touch of the studio version. "True Love Waits" aptly ends the record with Yorke and a solo acoustic guitar, which finds just the right touch on a song that Radiohead have played with for years (long-term fans should note the first ever appearance on record of the track). In the end, Radiohead don't really stray too far from the original templates of these songs, they merely play up the highs and milk the lows, just like any good rock band should. -- Matthew Cooke
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005QXXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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By M. Hendrickx on November 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Radiohead last summer in Chicago, I knew they were awesome live, one of the few bands who can bring studio brilliance to the stage, and I had high hopes when I heard a live cd was being released.
What is on the cd is great, but I docked it a star for the compact length of the album, only 8 songs. They could have EASILY added another 3-4 songs from Kid A/Amnesiac that were mesmerizing live, namely You and Whose Army, Pyramid Song, Packt Like Sardines, or How To Disappear Completely. The only reason I can think of that they kept it this short is that they will release a dvd next year of an entire show, and they didn't want to let too much out of the bag at this point.
What is on the album is excellent though:
1. National Anthem: this song truly transcends the studio version. Colin Greenwood rules on the bass, providing the twangy foundation for the song, and the keyboard and echo effects make one wonder if they are listening to Dark Side of the Moon. Thom is his usual great self.
2. I Might Be Wrong: the song on the album that most closely matches the studio version, though there is some cool jamming at the end of it.
3. Morning Bell: this performance of the song is based on the Kid A version. The song starts out slow and erupts with emotion about 2 minutes in.
4. Like Spinning Plates: Most people will buy this album for two songs, this one and True Love Waits. I am not a big fan of LSP on Amnesiac, but this song is SO GOOD live. The piano brings a tenderness to the song, and Thom's voice bleeds with melancholy. Truly amazing.
5. Idioteque: an interesting change in tempo, following the slow and somber LSP.
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This album, in many ways, is a bitter pill for me to swallow. I had tickets to see Radiohead play Bull Run, VA. - a show that was rained out and cancelled. So "I might be wrong" is really the only chance I have to hear the band play material from the last two albums live.
On the whole, the album is very successful. In many cases I prefer the more straight forward or energetic versions performed live to the studio versions. Highlights include the gorgeous "Like Spinning Plates," the frenetic "Idioteque," and the warped and spiraling "Everything in its Right Place."
"True Love Waits" is a beautiful and haunting song, and the version on this album is the best recording of it available, but Thom's vocals sound a little thin compared to bootlegged versions available online. Still, it's great to finally have a CD version of one of my favorite Radiohead songs.
The only disappointing track, for me, is the title track. The dissonance Radiohead has successfully embraced over the last two years just doesn't work here. The album version is clearly superior. Still and all, a nice sampling of Radiohead's tour-de-force live show that will whet my appetite until the next tour, when Radiohead better return the Baltimore/Washington area!
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I Might Be Wrong is a live recording of a set Radiohead took across Europe (Oslo, Berlin, Vaison-la-Romaine, and erm Oxford)in 2001. Minus all the songs that made their name. 3 songs from Kid A, 3 from Amnesiac, 1 that crops up on both those records, Morning Bell, and a new track, True Love Waits. The prospect of listening to the offspring of those two sibling albums: potentially bug-eyed, three-legged and otherwise "seriously" deformed, may not be a particularly attractive one. But I Might Be Wrong has denied modern genetics and is actually a cracking album in its own right.
The National Anthem and I Might be Wrong kick proceedings off. Wired, buzzing, electrified and raw, these songs take on whole new dimensions when performed live.
Morning Bell has now popped up on 3 different albums within 2 years. Bridging the gap between the Kid A original and the more organic, funeral-like take on it during Amnesiac, the song is driven by a gorgeous patter of drums by Phil Selway and a lonely keyboard, or treated piano, motif. Mid-way through, the song suddenly takes off, fuelled by a buzzing electrified *noise* presumably from one or other of Johnny Greenwood's instruments, before all but the drums cut out as Yorke demands "Cut the kids in half, cut the kids in half". The song appears to be about divorce before any of you start getting worried out there. Yorke mutters in deep paranoia, and then an almost religious trance as Greenwood picks out ugly notes on his guitar.
And then comes the most startling track. Like Spinning Plates was one of Amnesiac's more horrible pieces. Eventually the backwards, slightly sickening, swirling track did grow, and take on a spectral landscape feel. Here, however, Yorke is backed only by himself on piano.
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"I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings" apparently does a great job of capturing the feel of Radiohead during their 2001 tour in support of Kid A and Amnesiac, which is great for people like me who didn't get to catch the tour. Everyone's favorites from the Kid A/Amnesiac duo make an appearance on the live recordings: "Like Spinning Plates" is STUNNING; instead of keyboards or synthesizers, we're treated to a piano accompaniment to Thom's vocals, which makes lines like "I'm being cut to shreds" sound even more haunting. "Idiotheque" is full of energy, you can just FEEL the buzz from the audience on this song, and "True Love Waits", a previously-unreleased track, has about as much, if not more, melancholy than Creep or How I Made My Millions. These tracks alone make the CD worth getting.
Despite the fact that there are some AMAZING (repeat, AMAZING) songs on "I Might Be Wrong", I feel a slight bit cheated: I expect more from Radiohead than a 40 minute, 16 second CD. Come on, I've seen opening bands play this long, if not longer... there's a full thirty-four minutes left on the CD that could have been used for extra tracks, and I KNOW they played on stage for longer than 40 minutes.
It's nice to see an album devoted to live songs, instead of getting the occasional live track on one of their numerous b-sides, but when I'm buying a full album, that's what I'd like: a FULL album. Despite the small track listing, the song quality more than makes up for this fact, making it an album no Radiohead fan should be without.
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