Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Despite their tremendous strengths as a live band, at times experimental to the point of abrasion, at others commendably intimate even in the large venues their popularity demands, Radiohead have only released one live album in a career now spanning two decades. So it makes sense that it’s drawn from their touring in support of Kid A and Amnesiac, a period many consider their peak, both in the studio and in concert. Seven of the eight songs here are from those albums and every one of them is re-approached in a way that makes them more effective in a live setting.
“The National Anthem” opens with radio transmissions and substitutes fuzzier bass and guitar clatter for the horn section on the studio version, which likely would have been impossible to recreate live. On Amnesiac, “Like Spinning Plates” is an entirely different song called “I Will” (later released in two different versions) played backward, and even sung over backward, the end result proving quite affecting, if understandably strange. Here, Thom Yorke just sits down at a piano and recreates the whole clusterfuck as a straight-ahead song; an insightful reinterpretation. On Kid A, “Idioteque” is a shiny, forward-thinking piece of electronica serving as a perfect bedding for an intense vocal workout by Yorke. Here, it’s reworked as something that Kraftwerk might have rigged up in 1974, recalling the birth of electronic music rather than trying to predict its future. All of this ends with “True Love Waits,” a solo acoustic turn from Yorke mostly noteworthy for only ever appearing on this album.