Radiohead prove true love really does wait with their long-awaited ninth album.
“Just don’t leave. Don’t leave.”
Those are the last words Thom Yorke sings in “True Love Waits,” the closing track on A Moon Shaped Pool, but it’s far from the first time Radiohead fans have heard them. “True Love Waits” first emerged in 1995 at shows in support of The Bends – the album before Radiohead began to evolve from a band into something more like a postmodern ideology.
Six years later, an unfettered acoustic version of “True Love Waits” became the last song on Radiohead’s live compilation, I Might Be Wrong. Recorded on tour in support of the preternaturally brilliant Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), the starkly organic sound of Yorke’s acoustic guitar and the sheer clarity in his voice served as a reminder that, beneath all the vocoder and robotic droning, Radiohead had clung to their humanity after all.