Atoms for Peace - AMOK
Critic Score
Based on 38 reviews
2013 Ratings: #319 / 955
Year End Rank: #50
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Based on 237 ratings
2013 Ratings: #203
February 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

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.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Tken as a separate entity Atoms for Peace have made a good album that needn’t be bogged down by questions of what could’ve been.

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.

80
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.

80
The 405

Expectations for the album itself have been insanely high, but thankfully, it lives up to the hype.

80
NME

This goes way beyond bromance: away from the confines of their stagnant, perhaps loveless marriages, these men are making beautiful music together.

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.

70
DIY

A glorified performance. It's a coming together of great minds who every so often emerge with something truly special.

70
Drowned in Sound

It is what it is, groovesome, textured electronica fleshed into organic warmth by a quintet of very proficient musicians.

70
FACT Magazine

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.

70
No Ripcord

While questions may frequently come up over how much of a band project Amok really is, the music for the most part, makes up any misgivings people may have. 

69
Pitchfork

For all the rhythmic chicanery at play, AMOK feels strangely static and contained, giving a perpetual sense of jogging in place.

60
Consequence of Sound

Far from capturing their kinetic live energy, AMOK feels as isolated, distraught, and feeble as the characters littered about in Donwood’s tragic portrait.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

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.

50
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.

EMR
77
In a very interesting gathering of iconic musicians, Atoms for Peace's debut record brings out a powerful and detailed sonic experience that sounds just as otherworldly as one could expect, looking at the band's lineup. It is quite interesting and beautiful to see just how well all of the amazing characters play their part and compliment each other so well. Sure, Thom Yorke will always be remembered as the primmary figure, all due to the contemplative and well-crafted blend of organic and ... read more
aaron
100
It amazes me that people don't like this album, fuckkk
But in that case I get to keep it all for myself ^^

If the universe could sing, it would sound something like this:
Lost to chaotic layers of sound, that reverberate to the ever evolving and self imploding rhythm,
Often spiraling off into a universe of its own, if there is a god may its voice be as gentle as Yorke's falsetto.

Lyrically, this is as abstract as the stars, sort of shining there, creating more questions than answers
and when ... read more
Vexel
75
AMOK plays out a bit like a reincarnation of The King Of Limbs, with the electronic sampled beats scattered throughout the album making for a very interesting sound. it's great to see the bassist Flea serve up some really great bass lines here which feel right at home with Thom's (as always) great vocal performances. However, the album just lacks a bit of 'flair' to me, it feels like its missing something. I see a lot of ideas here that aren't quite expanded upon as much as I'd like. Most ... read more
Absolute_Madman
95
It's "The Eraser" with more polish and some groovy baselines. Not my favorite Thom Yorke project, but still fantastic. "Ingenue" and "Judge, Jury, and Executioner" are two of the best songs that Thom has ever written. Not to much else to say that hasn't been said.

9.5/10

Best Track(s): Before Your Very Eyes, Default, Ingenue, Stuck Together Pieces , Judge, Jury, and Executioner
Worst Track: Dropped
PipePanic
90
Imagine the weirdness of King Of Limbs era Radiohead, with the beauty and complexity of Thom Yorkes solo works, with goddamn Flea on bass. That's this album. It's fantastic.

Favorite Jams: Ingeune, Judge Jury and Executioner, Before Your Very Eyes

Lest Favorite: Unless
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Track List

  1. Before Your Very Eyes 
  2. Default 
  3. Ingenue 
  4. Dropped 
  5. Unless 
  6. Stuck Together Pieces 
  7. Judge Jury and Executioner 
  8. Reverse Running 
  9. Amok
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