• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    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.
  2. Oct 4, 2013
    While not as inscrutable as Yorke's finest work, Amok brings him one step closer to blurring that distinction between man and machine.
  3. 90
    Amok is a tenaciously rich and strong album that is certainly the work of gifted musicians.
  4. Magnet
    Mar 15, 2013
    True, nothing here ever astonishes, but coming from such a unique voice, the familiar bests most else. [No. 96, p.51]
  5. Mar 15, 2013
    Producer Nigel Godrich has made of this a modern masterclass--and one that sets the bar for collaborations extremely high.
  6. Mar 6, 2013
    Although Yorke’s songwriting prowess is still very strong, this record is by no means perfect.
  7. Feb 27, 2013
    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
  8. As a product of Yorke’s mind, AMOK represents a measurable progression over The Eraser. It’s more experimental, varied, nuanced, and likeable.
  9. Feb 27, 2013
    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.
  10. Feb 26, 2013
    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.
  11. Feb 26, 2013
    AMOK is heady dance music, in love with its jittery rhythms but never content to give over to them completely.
  12. Feb 26, 2013
    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.
  13. Feb 26, 2013
    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.
  14. 80
    Yet the easy chemistry between everyone on Amok means that more often than not the record is beautiful.
  15. Feb 25, 2013
    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.
  16. Feb 25, 2013
    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.
  17. Feb 25, 2013
    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.
  18. Feb 25, 2013
    As technical achievement, Amok is an amazing album in many ways. As a collection of songs, it’s as slippery as its rhythms.
  19. Feb 25, 2013
    In other words, this is another Thom Yorke solo album, and it sounds really nice on decent headphones.
  20. Feb 25, 2013
    For all the rhythmic chicanery at play, AMOK feels strangely static and contained, giving a perpetual sense of jogging in place.
  21. 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.
  22. Feb 22, 2013
    Yorke and Godrich have quite ironically produced a fairly solid, if not stellar, Radiohead album.
  23. 83
    AMOK is a surprisingly unassuming album in that way; each song has worthwhile hooks and accessibility is favored over abstract experiments.
  24. Feb 21, 2013
    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.
  25. 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."
  26. Feb 20, 2013
    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.
  27. 70
    Amok isn’t an album to be analyzed so much as experienced, preferably with headphones maximizing its occasionally mesmeric effect.
  28. Feb 19, 2013
    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.
  29. Feb 19, 2013
    [Amok is] the warmest, grooviest album Yorke has ever made--nine songs where next-level laptop science collides with wild, funky improvisation.
  30. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    Amok shows Yorke successfully synthesizing his obsessions into a compelling and complete universe. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  31. Alternative Press
    Feb 7, 2013
    It'll take a while to sink its clawed into you, but once it does, it won't let go. [Mar 2013, p.88]
  32. Uncut
    Feb 7, 2013
    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]
  33. Feb 7, 2013
    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.
  34. Mojo
    Feb 7, 2013
    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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 108
  2. Negative: 2 out of 108
  1. Feb 26, 2013
    What AMOK isn’t (as the critics so obsessed with extra-musical baggage would have you believe) is some overwrought super-group experiment.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
    I've always been torn between euphoria and confusion with anything Thom Yorke has been involved with. The lineup for this game is, however,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
    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 »