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Atoms for Peace


Debut album for Thom Yorke's non-Radiohead electronic project, alongside Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Flea

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Those who’ve been disenchanted by Yorke’s ever-wandering muse, especially on Limbs, might consider finding their way back to him via this compelling doorway
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A team of skilled journeymen falling in behind an enigmatic guru and his ominous yet often curiously groovy vision
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Amok’ provides a murky and complicated landscape that sounds like very little else - except the scorched testing ground from which we’ll witness Yorke deservedly going atomic once again
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  4. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Each song has worthwhile hooks and accessibility is favored over abstract experiments
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  5. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Although most of AMOK is very electronic, the delivery is so relaxed that it doesn’t really feel electronic. It’s also hookier that you might expect
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Given all the thick layering of sounds, Yorke's words tend to act as another element rather than as a focal point
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    An album you'll need to spend time unpacking, which means it's cut from the same cloth as every good Radiohead album. But with this one, maybe you'll get to dance a little along the way
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Amok might not be easy – why should it be? – but it’s never anything less than interesting, an accolade that can rarely be applied to artists this far into their career
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  9. 8.0 |   State

    Disparate musical elements combine, accumulate and intensify to create something powerful and emotionally resonant
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  10. 8.0 |   The 405

    Away from all the comparisons and similarities, it's well able to stand on its own
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    Away from the confines of their stagnant, perhaps loveless marriages, these ,em are making beautiful music together
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  12. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    While Atoms For Peace inevitably doesn’t display that unique chemistry which is evident in spades when Mssrs Selway, Greenwood et al join the party, it remains an intriguing, if at times uneasy listen
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Amok shows Yorke successfully synthesising his obsessions into a compelling and complete universe. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The warmest, grooviest album Yorke has ever made – nine songs where next-level laptop science collides with wild, funky improvisation
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  15. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Amok is like the sunrise after the storm and flood of The Eraser – full of dawn light and colour; deceptively simple songs constructed from intricate clockwork parts
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    On this sparkling evidence there's no reason to have anything but the highest hopes for Radiohead's diasporic phase. Print edition only

  17. 7.5 |   BBC

    An often fulfilling and fascinating indulgence. Yorke remains consistently inventive, whatever company he keeps
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  18. 7.0 |   DIY

    A coming together of great minds who every so often emerge with something truly special
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  19. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    A strong desire not to get stuck in a rut results in a few experiments that don't quite pay off, but largely, AMOK is a slender, admirable record well worth investigating
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  20. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A collection of agile, minimalist rock songs with a handful of interesting but ultimately superficial electronica flourishes
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  21. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Amok is, above all, a very pleasurable listen, basically just the sound of some talented middle aged dudes enjoying themselves. Let it wash over you, and you’ll enjoy it too
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  22. 7.0 |   Fact

    AMOK isn’t quite dazzling, but it’s a clear improvement on its predecessor, and more than enough to win over old fans – and perhaps a few new ones, too
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  23. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The music for the most part, makes up any misgivings people may have
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  24. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    No doubt these songs will go down a storm in a live setting. But, given the caliber of players Yorke has on hand this time around, it's disappointing that we still have to make that assumption
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  25. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It all fits the late-night feel of Radiohead’s recent work, with more of a freeform, less painstaking sound, but any thrills it offers are minor ones
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  26. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Like My Bloody Valentine’s new album, the novelty of fresh fare from Thom Yorke is diluted by the feeling that we’ve been here before, to more engaging effect
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  27. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    These songs don’t say anything about Atoms For Peace that Yorke’s solo album didn’t already say about himself
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  28. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If some of this spirit crops up in whatever Radiohead do next, it can't be a bad thing
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  29. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Surprisingly accessible for one so extensively jammed then spliced together by machines
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  30. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Yorke seems to have become increasingly conflicted about the very idea of communication, his fondness for cliché indicating a tendency towards self-sabotage
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  31. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    As a technical exercise, Amok is hugely impressive: in contrast to Yorke's undercooked solo album, The Eraser, its sound is rich and deep, full of intriguing shifts and contrasts
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  32. 6.0 |

    Yorke's musical signatures are prevalent throughout - and his voice is as wonderful as always - but you can't quite shake the feeling that, while this looks great on paper, it's a little undercooked in reality
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  33. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Any record fronted by Thom Yorke will rely heavily on his contribution, and while it’s always a joy to hear him sing, Amok is light on truly memorable songs
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  34. 5.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s hard not to feel that a lot more could have come out of this than an improved vocal performance and a couple of interesting digital samples
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  35. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Though the roster of Atoms for Peace suggests a perfect blend of talents, the resultant Amok is too much, too rapid, and too overwrought to reach the group’s full potential
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  36. 4.0 |   The Independent

    The overall impression is of a music caught between busy, mechanistic rhythm programmes and more abstract instrumental designs
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