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Encompassing live work off of their two albums Kid A and Amnesiac, this album truly takes these two albums to another level in these live performances played in four different cities across Europe, one of them being their hometown of Oxford, England. All I can say is that this album captures all aspects of an amazing live show. You can feel the power in Thom's voice as he escalates at different points throughout the album and settles down on others. This is one of the best live albums that I have ever listened to.
1. The National Anthem
- Starting off with some rambling and delayed voices, that building bassline kicks in and starts off the song as Thom Yorke starts in with his noises and grunts. The background effects in this song just bring up the power more, and the vocals are so strange but fit so amazingly perfect. A great rendition of the song even though I prefer the Kid A version.
2. I Might Be Wrong
- The guitar riff wows the audience as a tambourine helps to escalate the song and stand out much throughout the song. Thom's vocals are much more powerful and are sang so strongly in this song. The transition guitar riff just makes the song for me as Thom wails over it. A Solid Track overall.
3. Morning Bell
- As soon as Phil starts in with that unique drum beat, there is a piano accompaniment. The guitar noise just brings up the band until the let down when the famous line "Cut the kids in half" is said. The very low vocals sung by Johnny Greenwood sound almost disturbing as Thom joins in and the effects lead back into a piano fadeout. This is the Kid A version by the way.
4. Like Spinning Plates
- Maybe not recognized at first because it is being played forward without the spinning effects. The Piano leads the song in as the synth accompanies it, and Thom starts in on his extravagant vocal work. Even without the effects that are in place on Amnesiac this is just a beautiful song, with an excellent mood in place.
- The trademark beat starts and the crowd goes wild as the synth joins in for the melancholy backing. This is such a great version of this song, when the "Ice Age Coming" part starts Phil joins the beat and adds to it and it just sounds so perfect. The vocals are sung with so much power and the whirling sounds make the audience freak out. This song is amazing, even though a lot of people seem to love it or hate it.
6. Everything in it's Right Place
- The piano starts as the audience claps to the beat and Thom starts to sing with delay added. The Vocal effects give off a very ambient feel at first. Also, the extra percussion feels perfect. The Vocal effects start to sound shizophrenic, if you can use that term to describe it. It just starts to sound very eerie and surrounding you and making you feel almost uncomfortable as a circular noise fades into the synth.
7. Dollars and Cents
- A very mellow grooving bass line moves up and down as the song feels very textural at times but also repetitive at others. The vocal breakdown and build up near the middle finds Thom Yorke is very passionate about his lyrics in this song as he spits them out at times. An ugly guitar chord ends this but fades nicely into true love waits.
8. True Love Waits
- An elegant chord porgression on the acoustic guitar starts off the song as Thom's Voice adds in. His Voice is just so well crafted, it just reaches such great heights and is right to the point. By the way, this song is not on any of their albums yet. Unlike many other Radiohead songs this is just bare bones and excellent, with just an acoustic guitar accompanying Thom's Vocals, not that I dislike the effects, but it is just nice to hear such Raw Emotion in this beautifully written song.
This Album Overall just demonstrates Radiohead's ability to deliver their songs with such incredible power and emotion to their audience. The energy on Idioteque, to the disturbing effects on Morning Bell, to the raw emotion on True Love Waits, Radiohead delivers it all. This is an amazing album and really should be picked up by fans and casual listeners alike.