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I Might Be Wrong (Live) – Radiohead

I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

(2001), 7/10
Hot on the heels of Amnesiac came this live album, focusing completely on Kid A and Amnesiac material. Of its eight songs, three come from each album, along with ‘Morning Bell’ which appeared on both, and a new song. Due to this set list it’s hardly a fan-friendly live greatest hits – if anything it’s the equivalent of a seventies progressive rock band releasing a live album so they could prove they could play their complex instrumental parts live. This album demonstrates that Radiohead were capable of making the relatively esoteric and electronic material from Amnesiac and Kid A into songs that could be performed in a live context with a traditional band format. Some of these songs are substantially altered from their studio incarnations, tending towards more organic sounding instrumentation – ‘Like Spinning Plates’ is pared down to a gorgeous piano and vocal piece, the bass takes over the title track and ‘The National Anthem’, while Idioteque’ captures an intensity that it doesn’t quite manage on record. The new track, ‘True Love Waits’, is the most straightforward of the songs, an solo acoustic declaration of love for Yorke’s son, and an outtake from the OK Computer era. As much as I Might Be Wrong is an interesting record, and fans should definitely hear the excellent remake of ‘Like Spinning Plates’ and the new ‘True Love Waits’, you might think about how much of a Radiohead fan you are before you pay too much for an eight song, forty minute live album. I Might Be Wrong has much more artistic integrity than the average fan-milking live release, but as a result of this it also has a more limited appeal.

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