Monday, March 4, 2013

New Music Review: Atoms For Peace-AMOK

 Atoms For Peace-AMOK
Average Score: 71
 [XL Recordings]
Available At: Amazon MP3 & CD
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91 The 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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82 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 than you might expect.
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80 AllMusic
Given all the thick layering of sounds, Yorke's words -- normally enunciated and mixed in such a way to enable transcription with only a slight headache as a reward -- tend to act as another element rather than as a focal point.
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80 Under The Radar
AMOK is 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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70 Slant Magazine
The result is essentially a collection of agile, minimalist rock songs with a handful of interesting but ultimately superficial electronica flourishes, stuff that could easily be shuffled in with the tracks from The King of Limbs with nary an interruption to either its aesthetic or thematic cohesion.
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69 Pitchfork
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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60 Consequence Of Sound
Disappointing isn’t the right word to describe the end result, but it’s close.
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60 Tiny Mix Tapes
Atoms For Peace began to shape up to be a very strange entity: Thom forging a path not separate from Radiohead, but directly for it.
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50 Pop Matters
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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