Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2014 Ratings: #477 / 964
User Score
Based on 274 ratings
2014 Ratings: #225
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September 26, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Self-Released / Label
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They’re minimalist, bare-bones songs all dressed up within Yorke’s laptop. Again, it’s concentrated Yorke: claustrophobic, eerie, curious, playful. And as always, really fucking beautiful.


Beyond the chat, hoo-hah, ifs and buts is a record that cements Yorke’s continued progression as a songwriter, even if he’s relying on familiarity this time round. 

Rolling Stone

It demands deep listening, as Yorke's melancholic voice echoes through the hall of synth-mirrors he's built with producer Nigel Godrich.

Drowned in Sound

If you have a tolerance for drums that go ‘fzzz’, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is a lovely, lovely record, easily Yorke’s best non-Radiohead effort.


Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is probably the least immediate album Yorke has been involved with to date. Like Kid A before it, it may turn out to be one of his most enduring.

The 405

It's not a radical upheaval and it's nothing especially new - at least as far as Yorke's output is concerned - but then it doesn't have to be; he's been pioneering an often-unique sound for so long now that I'm just happy to have some other songs to listen to.


The hullaballoo over these guerrilla releases can often detract from the music itself, making it appear secondary to the circumstances of its release. ... ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, thankfully, does not.


Yorke’s meditations on the modern make Boxes thoroughly listenable but uneven. The album’s first half is noticeably more coherent and accessible than the challenge and trouble of the second movement.


Tomorrow's Modern Boxes breaks very little new ground, if any, but fits cosily within Yorke's larger discography

Pretty Much Amazing

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, a richer sounding album throughout, especially at its booming lower end, largely dispenses with both tune and swing. It instead seeks to dazzle the ears and stun the mind, leaving little for the body and heart.

A.V. Club

Flashes of brilliance aside, the result sounds an awful lot like something Yorke dashed off to pass the time before delving into the new Radiohead album.


The result is in one sense the most challenging high-profile release of Yorke’s career—there’s precious little to grab on to in terms of melody and feeling, and you won’t find yourself humming along to anything here.

Consequence of Sound

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes works best on its A-side, where Yorke’s vocals mesh more naturally with the booby traps he sets up for them. But it runs out of steam by its midpoint, and its 39 minutes feel much longer. 

Sounds a bit like Radiohead
Never has a masterpiece been so cryptically hidden, an IDM record teetering on ambient its soundscapes are tiny planets slowly collapsing. Admittedly, I was lukewarm to this album at first, gravitating to what sounded most familiar "interference" but that is what I've come to expect from Thom Yorke, either you invest the time to the record he has introduced (I listened to this album in and out of sleep when driving with my father across Europe, and somewhere there it finally clicked) ... read more
It's good but this thing really struggles to stand out in the idm and ambient landscape. The production sounds very generic for it's genre which is surprising considering Thom's whole career is based off his unqiueness in the rock genre. Thom vocally and songwriting wise is as good as usual but he doesn't reach peaks on both fronts either which I guess is mainly due to how this thing is made.
A nice ambient IDM record which feels natural.

Best Track: The Mother Lode
Worst Track: Interference
Thom Yorke provides "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" with some great atmospheric and minimalist beats. Combined with his haunting vocals, it can be a decent collection of eerie soundscapes. It can feel a little dull and lifeless at times, though.

Fav Tracks: The Mother Lode, Interference, Guess Again!, Truth Ray, A Brain in a Bottle

Least Fav Track: There Is No Ice (For My Drink)

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Track List

  1. a brain in a bottle
  2. guess again!
  3. interference
  4. the mother lode
  5. truth ray
  6. there is no ice (for my drink)
  7. pink section
  8. nose grows some
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Added on: September 26, 2014