I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

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I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
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Live album by
Released12 November 2001
RecordedMay–September 2001
Genre
Length40:11
Label
Radiohead chronology
Amnesiac
(2001)
I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
(2001)
Hail to the Thief
(2003)

I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings is a live album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 12 November 2001 in the UK by Parlophone and a day later in the US by Capitol Records. Recorded during Radiohead's 2001 tour, it comprises songs from their fourth and fifth albums Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001). Radiohead rearranged the songs to perform them live. I Might Be Wrong received mainly positive reviews; critics praised the performances and rearrangements, but found the album too short.

Content[edit]

I Might Be Wrong comprises live performances recorded on Radiohead's 2001 tour.[1] It features songs from Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001),[1] plus a solo performance of another song, "True Love Waits", by the singer, Thom Yorke, on acoustic guitar.[2]

As Radiohead had developed Kid A and Amnesiac through studio experimentation,[3] they rearranged the songs to perform them live. For example, the electronic track "Like Spinning Plates" was rearranged as a piano ballad.[4] The guitarist Ed O'Brien said: "You couldn't do Kid A live and be true to the record. You would have to do it like an art installation ... When we played live, we put the human element back into it."[5] The drummer, Philip Selway, said Radiohead "found some new life" in the songs when they came to perform them.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[8]
Entertainment.ie[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[10]
Mojo[11]
NME[12]
Pitchfork8.0/10[13]
Q[14]
Rolling Stone[15]
StylusA−[16]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, I Might Be Wrong has an average score of 76 based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[6]

The Entertainment.ie critic Andrew Lynch wrote: "Unlike most live albums, this one captures some of the excitement of actually being there and gives Radiohead back the human dimension they've recently been in danger of losing."[9] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club wrote that the album "cast new light" on Kid A and Amnesiac.[17] The Rolling Stone critic Jonah Weiner described it as "explosively raw", praising the "twisty, insular" performance of "Idioteque" and Yorke's "beautifully chilling" vocals on "Like Spinning Plates".[18] Matt LeMay of Pitchfork also praised "Like Spinning Plates", saying it showcased Radiohead's "songwriting virtuosity rather than their sonic adventurousness", and "True Love Waits", which he said was "absolutely gorgeous ... It can hold its own against any song on OK Computer."[4]

Several critics felt the album was too short. Thompson found it was "marred by characteristically unrevealing packaging and inexplicable brevity".[17] Sam Samuelson of AllMusic suggested it could instead have been packaged with Amnesiac as a "complete Kid A sessions package, rather than a couple of thrown-together releases".[7] LeMay criticised the lack of older Radiohead songs, and said the album had the feeling of a "promotional item" for Kid A and Amnesiac.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Radiohead except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)VenueLength
1."The National Anthem" Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
28 May 2001
4:57
2."I Might Be Wrong" South Park, Oxford, England
7 July 2001
4:52
3."Morning Bell" South Park, Oxford, England
7 July 2001
4:14
4."Like Spinning Plates" Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA
8 August 2001
3:47
5."Idioteque"Arthur Kreiger, Paul Lansky, RadioheadSouth Park, Oxford, England
7 July 2001
4:24
6."Everything in Its Right Place" Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
28 May 2001
7:42
7."Dollars and Cents" South Park, Oxford, England
7 July 2001
5:13
8."True Love Waits" Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA
20 August 2001
5:02
Total length:40:11

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the EP liner notes.[19]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue number
United Kingdom 12 November 2001 Parlophone LP 12FHEIT 45104
CD CDFHEIT 45104
United States 13 November 2001 Capitol Records CDP 7243 5 36616 2 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marianne Tatom Letts (8 November 2010). Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album: How to Disappear Completely. Indiana University Press. pp. 156–167. ISBN 0-253-00491-8.
  2. ^ Reilly, Dan (10 May 2016). "The 21-year history of Radiohead's 'True Love Waits', a fan favorite two decades in the making". Vulture. Retrieved 10 September 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Fricke, David (24 May 2001). "Radiohead warm up with Amnesiac". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c LeMay, Matt (17 December 2001). "Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Radiohead take Amnesiac on tour". Rolling Stone. 21 June 2001. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b Samuelson, Sam (2001). "I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings review". AllMusic.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Radiohead". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  9. ^ a b Andrew Lynch (14 November 2001). Radiohead – I Might Be Wrong review Entertainment.ie. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  10. ^ Brunner, Rob (7 December 2001). "I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings". Entertainment Weekly. p. 105. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings EP review". Mojo: 114. December 2001.
  12. ^ Kessler, Ted (7 December 2001). "Radiohead – 'I Might Be Wrong' review". NME. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  13. ^ Matt LeMay (17 December 2001). Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings EP review Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings". Q (#184): 127.
  15. ^ Moon, Tom (22 November 2001). "Recordings: Radiohead, I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 December 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  16. ^ Keith Gwillim (1 September 2003). Radiohead – I Might Be Wrong – Review Stylus. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  17. ^ a b Stephen Thompson (12 November 2001). Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  18. ^ Weiner, Jonah (20 June 2016). "Radiohead: A Complete Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  19. ^ I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings (liner notes).

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