Amok - Atoms for Peace
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    In other words, this is another Thom Yorke solo album, and it sounds really nice on decent headphones.
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    50
    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.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    69
    For all the rhythmic chicanery at play, AMOK feels strangely static and contained, giving a perpetual sense of jogging in place.
  4. Feb 7, 2013
    90
    This seamless synthesis of sinew and silicon is crucial to the album's slippery feel: there's a pleasing fluidity and crooked funkiness to the arrangements that Yorke sometimes struggled to achieve on The Eraser. [Mar 2013, p.66]
  5. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    Amok shows Yorke successfully synthesizing his obsessions into a compelling and complete universe. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  6. Feb 7, 2013
    80
    Amok Achieves a seductive unity of purpose which is all the more impressive for stemming from the advent of additional personnel. [Mar 2013, p.84]
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    [Amok is] the warmest, grooviest album Yorke has ever made--nine songs where next-level laptop science collides with wild, funky improvisation.
  8. Feb 26, 2013
    91
    The chief difference between AMOK and The King Of Limbs is how alive and invested AMOK sounds, almost as if it’s a do-over of the frequently airless Limbs.
  9. 80
    Yet the easy chemistry between everyone on Amok means that more often than not the record is beautiful.
  10. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    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.
  11. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    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.
  12. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    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.
  13. 75
    Amok is missing the end-of-days urgency of Yorke's paranoid-android persona--and despite Flea's presence, it could be filed under "anti-funk."
  14. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    A striking, if flawed, first step. However offputting the band's genesis may seem, it's hard not to be intrigued as to where they might go next.
  15. 80
    It'll take a while to sink its clawed into you, but once it does, it won't let go. [Mar 2013, p.88]
  16. Feb 26, 2013
    60
    AMOK might be a weaker, meeker product than the output of Radiohead, but its compact nature, its genre codes, and its context are what’s important here. AMOK sums up Thom Yorke as he stands to today.
  17. Feb 28, 2013
    60
    There’s no mistaking the album for anyone but Yorke’s, but despite his rep as a singular genius, he does play well with others.
  18. Feb 22, 2013
    70
    Yorke and Godrich have quite ironically produced a fairly solid, if not stellar, Radiohead album.
  19. Feb 26, 2013
    40
    Thom Yorke used to make better music than the nine anemic Atoms for Peace cuts here.
  20. 60
    Far from capturing their kinetic live energy, AMOK feels as isolated, distraught, and feeble as the characters littered about in Donwood’s tragic portrait.
  21. Feb 7, 2013
    70
    While Amok--like The Eraser--is unlikely to arouse the same passions as, for instance, In Rainbows, it’s an often fulfilling and fascinating indulgence.
  22. Feb 26, 2013
    60
    Amok is a palatable piece of 21st Century electronic pop that generally sounds complex without really being that complex at all. It’s as smooth a surface as Yorke has ever painted, without grain or contour. It seems designed to say little, to equivocate, to slither around the perimeter of our expectations.
  23. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    Although Yorke’s songwriting prowess is still very strong, this record is by no means perfect.
  24. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    AMOK is heady dance music, in love with its jittery rhythms but never content to give over to them completely.
  25. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    The songs don’t prize catchiness; they’re too busy tweaking and interweaving, toying with texture and momentum.... Yet at the same time, there’s sheer exhilaration in the profusion of rhythms.
  26. Oct 4, 2013
    67
    While not as inscrutable as Yorke's finest work, Amok brings him one step closer to blurring that distinction between man and machine.
  27. Mar 15, 2013
    80
    True, nothing here ever astonishes, but coming from such a unique voice, the familiar bests most else. [No. 96, p.51]
  28. 90
    Amok is a tenaciously rich and strong album that is certainly the work of gifted musicians.
  29. Feb 26, 2013
    100
    Awash with beats, rhythms, electronics, the occasional guitar and Yorke's soaring if still mostly unintelligible tenor, Amok is a record to get sonically lost within, a work whose every measure teems with a quality and a precision that only musicians at the top of their game can touch.
  30. Feb 21, 2013
    56
    Apart from a precious few exceptions, none of the gathered musicians seem able nor willing to push each other into new musical territory that could yield fresh revelations about their union.
  31. Feb 26, 2013
    88
    AMOK is as heady and immersive as any great Radiohead album, but those comparisons eventually wilt: Yorke's new band has discovered a symmetry all its own.
  32. Feb 26, 2013
    60
    Yorke, it goes without saying, is a fine songwriter, so there's nothing particularly wrong with the solid AMOK. The problem is that there's nothing incredible about it, either.
  33. Feb 21, 2013
    90
    It’s a dense work that’ll be discovered thriving equally happily in the niche of teenage bedrooms as in underground cults and a nebulous haze of mushrooming Mixcloud communiqués extending over the horizon.
  34. Feb 15, 2013
    60
    It's another cautious portion of well-made, moderately experimental not-quite-rock. [Feb 2013, p.49]
  35. As a product of Yorke’s mind, AMOK represents a measurable progression over The Eraser. It’s more experimental, varied, nuanced, and likeable.
  36. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Anyone hoping for 'The Eraser' to fledge further results will be similarly dumbfounded. But taken at token value, Amok is a very fine work indeed.
  37. 40
    It's all typically hard work to decipher, both lyrically and musically, but unlike Yorke's earlier endeavours with Radiohead, this time I'm rather less convinced that it's going to be worth the effort. It's certainly less fun.
  38. Yorke's lyrics, consisting mainly of repeated aphorisms and clichés ("A penny for your thoughts", "I've made my bed, I'll lie in it"), don't suggest any great depth.... But the sounds, bringing in elements of tropicalia, Afro-funk and laptronica, with glitches, rainforest sounds and superb analogue-synth squelches (if anyone steals the show here, it's Godrich), mean you hardly notice.
  39. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    As ever with Yorke's work, 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.
  40. 80
    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.
  41. 70
    Amok isn’t an album to be analyzed so much as experienced, preferably with headphones maximizing its occasionally mesmeric effect.
  42. 60
    Yorke's second album away from Radiohead is surprisingly accessible for one so extensively jammed then spliced together by machines.
  43. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    Amok ends up sounding enormous through its mingling of analog and digital sounds. It’s intricately assembled, with more pieces to pick apart than on The Eraser, which feels a bit timid in comparison
  44. Feb 22, 2013
    60
    Recorded in just three days, it suffers many of the problems familiar from blues or jazz jam sessions, a sense of introversion as musicians focus their attention on each other rather than the listener, producing overlong grooves full of technically audacious moments and no overall purpose.
  45. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    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.
  46. Feb 25, 2013
    63
    As technical achievement, Amok is an amazing album in many ways. As a collection of songs, it’s as slippery as its rhythms.
  47. Mar 1, 2013
    60
    Though far from the full-on dance album Yorke's DJ gigs and 50 Weapons single had presaged, Amok does feel like a collection of tracks, not songs.
  48. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    There are moments of warped magic--haunting melodies, neat instrumental hooks, surprising turns of key and mood--but there are also times when you suspect it might have been more interesting to hear what Yorke and his collaborators came up with in the studio before it got eaten by ProTools.
  49. 83
    AMOK is a surprisingly unassuming album in that way; each song has worthwhile hooks and accessibility is favored over abstract experiments.
  50. Mar 15, 2013
    100
    Producer Nigel Godrich has made of this a modern masterclass--and one that sets the bar for collaborations extremely high.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    What AMOK isn’t (as the critics so obsessed with extra-musical baggage would have you believe) is some overwrought super-group experiment. What it is, though, is a collection of deftly arranged, pulsating, driving songs. Thom Yoke’s vocals songwriting are at their best here, marrying beautifully slow melodies to quick rhythmic patterns (“Before Your Very Eyes”); subtly altering the phrasing of a repeated lyric (creating a hypnotic, climatic effect on “Unless”); and is at its warmest and most affectionate (“Ingenue”). Beautiful, deep record that reveals itself more and more through each repeated listen. Full Review »
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    I've always been torn between euphoria and confusion with anything Thom Yorke has been involved with. The lineup for this game is, however, nothing short of fantastic. I feel high everytime I listen to this. In fact, I feel as if I get higher and higher everytime I listen to it. It's just out of this world. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I find this album a great one. I find people dislikes this album because it sounds like Thom Yorke and not like Radiohead, but, What's the problem? This album is great from the first song to the last song (the one i think is the best). Full Review »