Radiohead: Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Ed
Engineers: Jim Warren, Nigel Godrich, Will Shapland.
Recorded live in England, Germany, and Norway.
So you're one of the most innovative, admired bands in the world. Your last three albums have been among the most glorified and scrutinized in post-Beatles rock history. What's your next move? In the case of Radiohead, that crucial next move proved to be the live album I MIGHT BE WRONG, which documents the intense performances of material from the last couple of albums and gives the envelope-pushing creative team a much-needed breather before unveiling their next masterpiece.
Not that I MIGHT BE WRONG bears the slightest hint of filler or contractual obligation; these fever-pitch versions of cuts from KID A and AMNESIAC add much to the band's legacy. From the driving, Can-like bass line of the opener “The National Anthem” through “Like Spinning Plates”'s moody, piano-led majesty and the quirky, minimalistic electronica of “Idioteque,” Radiohead is at the peak of its powers here. These European concert dates find the band employing its vast array of sonic weaponry in the service of a forward-looking vision that I MIGHT BE WRONG catches in an exciting sonic snapshot.
What the critics say…
Rolling Stone (11/22/01, p.89) – 4 stars out of 5 – “…Offers a clue about why Radiohead are so compelling live…the peaks are still somehow shaped by Yorke's sense of beautiful understatement.”
Q (12/02, p.67) – Included in Q Magazine's “The 50 Best Albums of 2002.”
Q (12/01, pp.126–7) – 4 stars out of 5 – “…Listening to this live album, aside from its musical pleasures, you alight on a striking sound indeed: the most intelligent music of the age being received by thousands upon thousands of cheers…”
Uncut (12/01, p.124) – 3 stars out of 5 – “…Radiohead prove here that they can conjure blazing intensity, visceral physicality and raging rock dynamics from even willfully opaque jazzoid chuffing…”
NME (Magazine) (11/10/01, p.40) – 8 out of 10 – “…This sounds significantly better than both the studio albums that spawned it…”