Com Lag (EP)

(2004), 5/10
Com Lag is a collection of Radiohead b-sides that, for once, actually mostly sound like b-sides. These songs are culled from the Hail To The Thief singles, and although it’s an excellent Radiohead album, it’s clear that Radiohead hadless awesome material left over than they did from other sessions. Many of the songs are reworkings of Hail To The Thief tracks: remixes of ‘Myxomatosis’ (the best thing about it is the inevitable ‘Remyxomatosis’ title) and ‘Scatterbrain’, and alternative versions of ‘2+2=5’ and ‘I Will’. There are some solid tracks to make it worthwhile for Radiohead completists; Thom Yorke’s solo performance of Amnesiac b-side ‘Fog’, the acoustic but predictable ‘Gagging Order’ and the serviceable ‘I Am A Wicked Child’ are all investigating. But in you decide to track it down as an import from outside the Pacific Rim where it has been officially released, Com Lag is possibly the worst value for money Radiohead release available.

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