9 Songs, 44 Minutes

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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke delivers a brilliantly colored robotic carnival with his latest extracurricular endeavor, Atoms for Peace. Joined by a cadre of collaborators who supported his 2008 solo project—Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, and drummer Joey Waronker—Yorke first led the group on an unstructured jam session. Then he spliced, manipulated, and reconstructed the recordings with the help of longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The psychedelic result is Amok: a set of funky, doctoral-level laptop rock that groove as hard as anything Yorke has ever made.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke delivers a brilliantly colored robotic carnival with his latest extracurricular endeavor, Atoms for Peace. Joined by a cadre of collaborators who supported his 2008 solo project—Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, and drummer Joey Waronker—Yorke first led the group on an unstructured jam session. Then he spliced, manipulated, and reconstructed the recordings with the help of longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The psychedelic result is Amok: a set of funky, doctoral-level laptop rock that groove as hard as anything Yorke has ever made.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

769 Ratings

769 Ratings

Temper expectations and you will enjoy this record.

themostparanoidandroid

First of all, you should know this isn't Radiohead. This isn't even Thom Yorke's solo project (ahem, The Eraser) anymore. If there's one thing Atoms for Peace did perfect on this record, they gave themselves a clear identity. Flea's baselines and Nigel Godrich's always stellar work was just what was needed to transform Yorke's music; his previous effort The Eraser was good but half-empty. This album never feels that way. There were many "projects" last year by famous artists who came together to form a "supergroup". We're just getting into 2013, and I'm pretty sure Atoms for Peace will be my favorite project of the year already. Pick it up now.

Its missing a track.

the druganaut

They have already leaked the song "What the eyeball did see" on their website by clicking on the spinning clock on the right side of the mural, but the song isn't listed here... I wander how many other tricks they have up their sleeve???

Another genius offering by Thom Yorke.

Spy in the Cab

Don't be fooledn by all the news and articles about AMOK being the first band attempt. Yes,the band members recorded their jam sessions together but other than Nigel, that's all they have to do with it for the most part. Thom is still the brain and the hands putting all the pieces together. Along with a lot of recordings and ideas he already had, he took parts of these jam sessions and would use and structure songs out of the loosely recorded parts along with fusing material he already has dad. Even though the two songs released so far is not exactly like his first solo effort, you can definitely hear that familiar sound complimented with his obvious his recent DJ outings.

I personally love the direction and sound he has found along with his band mates, especially with bass god Flea. He is the one stand out that you can actually feel in the actual songs. It may sound weird but the songs (especially Judge Jury) are great for the minimalist sound yet are still layered, rich and deep. A very welcome return of Thoms haunting chorus and harmonies that add familiar Radiohead dark landscapes to a danceable percussion.

Some will say the songs are "weird", "egostistical" or artsy fartsy but that's just the norm when it comes to the critics of Radiohead and Thom. What matters regardless is that the music still stands and he still has the ability to write amazing beautiful music that the fans still love and still be to write what he wants to not what is expected to. Which is great for everyone involved. I am definitely very excited to hear the rest of the album including a few b-sides (what the eyeballs did, S.A.D, etc). And of course still look forward to new Radiohead including the songs they recorded at Jack Whites studio. I personally am very excited for incomplete songs like The Present Tense and Burn the Witch to be recorded and complete as i think those two songs will be songs that will contend with the likes of songs like Pyramid Song. Should be a great year music wise!

About Atoms for Peace

The nameless lineup that became Atoms for Peace made its public debut at Los Angeles, California's Echoplex on October 2, 2009. Thom Yorke, joined by longtime Radiohead associate Nigel Godrich (Ultraísta) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), as well as session veterans Joey Waronker (also of Ultraísta) and Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark), performed the entirety of Yorke's 2006 album The Eraser and some fresh material, including a song titled "Judge Jury and Executioner." Additional Los Angeles dates, a brief tour across the U.S., and an appearance at Coachella followed through 2010. By that point, they had named themselves Atoms for Peace -- the title of a track from The Eraser, named after a 1953 speech delivered by then-U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The first release to bear their name was a 300-copy 12" on the 50 Weapons label, released in July 2012; an Atoms for Peace remix of Other Lives' "Tamer Animals" appeared on the A-side, while the group's own "Other Side [Stuck Together Mix]" was on the B-side. Their first true single, "Default," followed that November on XL, with its parent album, the subdued yet rhythmically knotty Amok (including "Judge Jury and Executioner"), issued the following February. ~ Andy Kellman

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