This live set is a souvenir from the shows that followed 2000's acclaimed Kid A and this year's companion, Amnesiac.
This live set is a souvenir from the shows that followed 2000's acclaimed Kid A and this year's companion, Amnesiac. Forget about the oldies; everything here is from those albums, aside from Thom Yorke's solo acoustic, unreleased fan favorite "True Love Waits." The band's devotion to recent fare is apparent in these dynamic versions, convincingly translating the studio experimentation of "Idioteque," "Morning Bell," and "Like Spinning Plates" to the live stage. Stripped of its queasy recorded backing, the latter is here a revelatory, piano-heavy hymn, while "Everything in Its Right Place" goes in the other direction entirely, piling on vocal and keyboard effects to sense-altering effect. Renditions of the title cut and "The National Anthem" also aim right for the jugular, their dirty grooves tapping into the primal fury of rock. The flipside: such uniformly dark material makes one long for a tune or two to lighten the vibe.—JC