I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings Live
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Given that Radiohead are one of the most zealously bootlegged bands in the world--nearly every public utterance is out there somewhere--the emergence of I Might Be Wrong, the band's first ever official live album, would seem a tardy and superfluous gesture. Conversely, Radiohead have never gone out of their way to actively discourage the black market trading of their live wares. Which makes you wonder just what is the intention of this live album? Could it be for hardcore fans who wish to remain on the right side of the law? Or could it be symbolic; the drawing of a double-ledger line under the sporadically interesting but frustratingly contrary anti-guitar rock intransigence of the Kid A/Amnesiac era and the opening-up of whole new chapter? Or perhaps it's because they just wanted to put out a live album? We must wait and see. And so, in all probability, must they. Nevertheless, I Might Be Wrong--featuring eight songs culled from live shows in Berlin, Oslo, the Roman amphitheatre at Vaison le Romaine (how very Pink Floyd of them) and their triumphant homecoming gig at Oxford's South Park--is pretty much beyond reproach, even if the renditions here--"National Anthem" (Charlie Mingus inspired with a raspy Motorhead bass line) "I Might Be Wrong" (Led Zeppelin meets Blondie's "Rapture") deviate little from the script of the original studio versions. The notable exception is an enchanting recital of "Like Spinning Plates", wherein the backwards electronica of the Amnesiac original is superseded by a romantic, ornate piano accompaniment for a classic Radiohead moment. Long-term devotees will also notice the first ever appearance on record of "True Love Waits" (Yorke with solo acoustic guitar), a song which Radiohead have grappled with for years and which finally finds a handle--and a home--right here. --Kevin Maidment
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There are no disappointments on this album except it being too short. Highly recommended.
Radiohead open up on stage in ways they never do in the studio. They manage to convey a range of sound comparable to their albums' production effects, but without the calculated distance. The result is that each of the songs here seems a truer version of itself: noisier, more powerful and more genuine. Like Spinning Plates and Everything in Its Right Place, in particular, crackle with new emotion. And all the songs benefit from what's best about live work: they're energized by the fact that they balance constantly on edge of possible failure (though of course these were selected because they succeed).
Anyone who has only listened to Radiohead's albums will benefit from hearing how they flourish on stage; and anyone who already knows live Radiohead should cherish these outstanding mixes. In the company of only their fans, Radiohead finally aren't afraid to be a great band.
However, the version of True Love Waits, beautiful as it is, is nothing compared to the first version played in 1995. The original featured a keyboard loop near the end of the song that seemed out of place, yet just... worked.
In the end, however, the raw energy of the National Anthem, I Might Be Wrong and Idioteque, the laid-back Dollars and Cents, the inferior version of True Love Waits, the beautiful acoustic Like Spinning Plates, the bleh Morning Bell (the only Radiohead song I dislike), and the 2003-2004 tour closer and ambient masterpiece Everything in its Right Place make this a great choice for any Radiohead fan.
To truly capture the feeling that Radiohead should leave you with, you must see them live, though.
Well, Radiohead has reached that point - at the moment, they're expending a great deal of energy just duplicating what they achieve on their records. Apparently the only way they can play Everything In It's Right Place in concert is to sample Thom's voice on the spot, and loop it through a machine to achieve - astonishingly - exactly the same thing they did in the studio.
There are only two songs that make this worth buying. The arrangement of Like Spinning Plates is beautiful - it is, I dare say, the way it should have been done in the first place. And True Love Waits is a return to the older Radiohead - beautiful lyrics and a beautiful song, carried with a simple acoustic guitar strum, although I'm disappointed that it isn't a particularly crisp live recording.
The rest of the songs are all vastly superior on the studio versions. Which makes sense - this is a studio band now. That's where the bulk of their effort goes.
How can anyone justifying charging what a full album costs for a much shorter collection of live recordings, only two of which are worth listening to? Dollars & cents, pounds and pence: someone at their record company has figured out that people are getting fanatical enough about this band to pick up anything they put out.
Their B-sides have been great so far: this is the first thing that I can, without qualification, tell you not to buy.
Considering the source material for these live performances--the notoriously experimental albums Kid A and Amnesiac--the very existence of this disc seems impossible. How can Radiohead replicate a year and a half of studio haggling in concert? Inexplicably, the band can play these songs and even improve them onstage; I Might Be Wrong is a beautiful example of that fact.
The first track, "The National Anthem," removes the horn section that stole the show on the Kid A version and replaces it with brilliant beatbox vocals by Thom and some nice synth work (I don't THINK it's a guitar, at least...) by Johnny. The overall edgy, "live" feel perfects an already great song. "Idiotheque," one of the best songs on Kid A, receives an equally rousing treatment later, complete with an estatic crowd singing along.
The now-classic "Everything in its Right Place" is probably the standout track--Johnny manipulates Thom's vocals using an odd machine, and turns this into a solo that encompasses the second half of the song. "Morning Bell," "I Might Be Wrong," and "Like Spinning Plates" are also present, and very well done in my opinion.
The disc ends with a powerful rendition of "True Love Waits," unavailable on any other Radiohead album. Unconditional love is a universal emotion that has received some of the worst (and less frequently some of the best) songwriting in history, but Thom, armed with only his acoustic guitar, takes it on anyway.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Let me be the first to say that this album is a "must own" for any Radiohead fan. I know some fans of their early music were confused or disappointed by the fussy studio... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by B. Pardue
the songs are all executed well.
my brother enjoys this albums version of "i might be wrong" more than the AMNESIAC's version. Read more
I cannot even begin to explain the emotions that are able to sweep over me when listening to this cd. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Justin K.
"The National Anthem" and "Everything in it's right place" are the only tracks here I don't really like. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by David
I personally like Thom's voice live only you actually need to see them live to get the feeling. Also True Love Waits isn't a love song its about during the time the Christian... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Natalia
Im Not big on live albums and I hardly ever heard Radiohead live also, but my friend who is a bigger Radiohead fan than I'am told me that this is a really great album, I got this... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Michael Null
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