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Thom Yorke likes to keep busy. Atoms for Peace, initially a collective with the intention of performing Yorke’s debut solo album The Eraser live, have delivered its debut album Amok on the masses. The first thing you may wonder (as I did) was “how is this any different than Radiohead?” or any of Yorke’s solo work, for that matter. The subtle gloom and cryptic doom is intact yet the textures are, for lack of a better word, different.
First single “Default” is held together with the tinny electronic pitter patter of drums which collides in a wash of digital waves during the chorus in which Yorke laments “The will is strong but the flesh is weak”. That line could be perceived as a statement that this album is making. Some critics would say Yorke’s weighty subject matter doesn’t stand up on its own without a rock band behind him but Amok proves otherwise. Much like the last proper Radiohead single “Lotus Flower”, Yorke is front and center while the polyrhythms and electronics neatly flail around him. This observation could also be seen as a downside of the album. Everything is too much in its right place. Enlisting seminal funk punk bassist Flea into the mix was a surprisingly interesting move but his signature slaps and pops are missing, which gives way to the idea that Amok is a collaboration in theory only. The pace livens a bit by the middle of the record as “Dropped” lays down some jaunty bass runs but its a missed opportunity for Yorke to break from the parameters of the electronic purgatory Amok is entrenched in.
As a standalone album, Amok serves as a somewhat unsatisfactory pacifier until the next Radiohead album and/or one-off Yorke collaboration. I would punch a small child in the face repeatedly for a full Flying Lotus/Burial colab album but Amok may ultimately fair better as a template for a remix album not unlike TKOL RMX 1234567. For most, Amok’s dense production and punchy percussion will serve well for late night trysts and disorientating Gobi tents in equal measure.
I’ve been listening for a few solid hours on repeat and have a pretty fair review written. I’ll wait to post to avoid the eventual flame war.
Can’t agree more. Nothing really grabs at you and although it’s a “fine rock album”, this is 2012. I could just listen to Tom Petty if I want to listen to a “fine rock band”
Working with Thom Yorke via email kinda…killed that fantasy :(
The Amazing Sounds of Orgy was…amazing.
Without the VW association, this wouldn’t much further than a Tumblr reblog.
Well put. After they play it, 70% of the crowd leaves. If they’re not too high/wasted.
NOW we got a list game going!
1. Paranoid Android
2. Pyramid Song
5. Sail to the Moon
6. Climbing Up the Walls
8. Anyone Can Play Guitar
9. Kid A
10. Lotus Flower
“Impossible Germany” should be the only track from SBS on this list. And at #1.
The minor chord changes, guitar tonality, even Ed’s vocals sound very McCombsy. Definitely not a bad thing.
I’m feeling a little Cass McCombs influence on this as well. Excited to hear more.
Well, I’ll move along now. Song still sucks.
Feels like a grab at the “‘Video Games’ of 2012″ award. Next.
Or, ya know, don’t be a tool and actually get one directly from the man himself.
I remember my first beer, too.
Soul sample+drum beat+fey vocals+2.5 minutes or less=TV Girl single. Can’t wait for a whole album of this!
Straight from the horse’s mouth, too.
This is pretty disappointing considering how much this was hyped up as a “grown up” record. Sounds like filler material for the next teen summer rom-com trailer.
She needs to STOP deviating from the original melody. She doesn’t have the chops to improvise within the keys and make it sound good.
That’s cool that she got MIA to be in the video!
Only listened to one of the albums in the top 10. Three in the top 20. 2011 is the year I no longer became a fickle music listener.
I think this one was phoned in.