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Amok

February 25, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 25, 2013
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2013 XL Recordings Ltd. under exclusive license from Unsustainabubble
  • Total Length: 44:35
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  • ASIN: B00BIQ1EL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,929 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great album although I think it goes a little out at times.
Marc Andrew Hale
As a long time Radiohead fan I found a new interest in electronic music via Thom Yorke's record Eraser.
Sparx
I've listened to this album now several times and enjoy it each time.
Hadjii

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Jens Jensen VINE VOICE on October 13, 2013
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I love this CD. It is unlike anything I've heard from Thom Yorke or Radiohead. The familiar voice is there, but the music itself is fresh, with great lyrics and interesting rhythms. If you like this singer even a little bit, you'll love this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Lewis on November 1, 2013
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This is a very Kid-A like work. I love almost all the tracks on here, but Ingenue and "Before your very eyes" really stand out.
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43 of 60 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 26, 2013
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This record has been a long time coming. Atoms for Peace initially began when (Radiohead's) Thom Yorke took his solo record on tour. The band's sound adopted a good deal from Yorke's solo album THE ERASER: it's sometimes paranoid, sometimes jittery, sometimes claustrophobic. If Yorke's name wasn't enough, Atoms for Peace sure has the pedigree of a great band: (The Red Hot Chili Peppers') Flea commands the bass, (Ultraista and Radiohead's producer) Nigel Godrich plays guitar, (Ultraista and Beck) drummer Joey Waronker provides half of the percussion with Mauro Refosco laying down most of the electronic beats. The band's music is an interesting mix of electronic and material music, a nd it is often hard to tell where the real percussion stops and the electronic percussion begins.

Some of this material is pretty old, and band members have hinted that they have been sitting on it for a while now before its release. "Judge, Jury, and Executioner" was debuted in 2009 (it shares no relation with the similar Radiohead song). AMOK was created within a handful of days - the writing process for the band started with all musicians in the studio, free-form jamming without creating "takes" or stopping. Afterwards, the hours of material that they created was gleaned through, and the members picked out parts they thought were particularly interesting or beautiful. This makes for a great academic exercise, but what about a great music-listening experience?

The problem with AMOK is also its strength. The album is concerned primarily with being interesting: achieving new sounds, creating strange transitions, using instrumentation in different ways. The chief concern here is not the listener.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2013
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I am thoroughly enjoying this wonderful album, beginning to end! It was recommended by a random person I happened to meet, and I am so happy with my decision to purchase it. It is the soundtrack of this part of my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ItsDave on May 29, 2013
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I wanted to share a few comments in regards to Atoms For Peace Amok. Many say Thom Yorke is the new generational star when it comes to pop rock today. If you are a fan of Radiohead, or any work by Thom if its The Eraser, or songs as a solo act like Hearing Damage, this is a must to add to your collection. Keep in mind Atoms For Peace also has the "sixth" member of Radiohead Nigel Godrich. If you like the track Default from Amok, you will enjoy the whole album! I wont go into any diatribe, considering I give this a solid 5/5 stars.... unlike others who just get jealous of Thom Yorke and his utter talent. I highly recommend the video of Ingenue that Thom recently did on Jonathan Ross, trust me, you dont want to miss it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh Doppelt on October 3, 2013
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Just saw these guys last night. Holy, freaking moly! Thom Yorke and Flea, do I really need to say anything more?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will on June 4, 2013
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If you liked Thom Yorke's solo album (The Eraser), then you'll love this one. Along the same style. Can't wait to see them at Austin City Limits this year!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ANAF on March 5, 2013
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So, Thom wants to have his main focus be electronic music nowadays. That's fine, I have no problem with that.

The issue is that his electronics (I guess Nigel's too, since he's engineer here) have been somewhat undeveloped and sparse. This was less noticeable when he was working with a whole band, simply incorporating electronic elements into what broadly remained alternative rock music. Since The Eraser though, it is apparent that he has become less interested in that sort of thing and likewise, with the electronics becoming more prevalent it is easier to spot the flaws. Most of my issues with The Eraser, and The King of Limbs, was with the percussion. It sounded thin, weak, not well layered or detailed. Amok is a bit of a departure from this. There's tracks like Default, with its filtered sliding noises and IDM-esque samples bouncing back and forth between stereo channels. There's tracks like Judge, Jury and Executioner (album's highlight IMO) that starts out with a reverberated loop that's a bit far off accompanied by humming. It's an improvement in my opinion. Melodically and lyrically, the album is fine. Not amazing but catchy enough most of the time. Flea's bass playing is great.

I read that back when The King of Limbs was made that the "rhythm was the key". Well, that was accomplished better here and the percussion is certainly what stands out the most throughout the album.

Thom's musical endeavors in electronic music, be them solo, with Radiohead or with Atoms for Peace still have a ways to go, but this is a step in the right direction. Given some more time to accrue experience with this sort of style and he could very well stack up with the likes of Aphex Twin or Boards of Canada someday.
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