Amok (Atoms for Peace album)

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Amok
Studio album by Atoms for Peace
Released February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)
Recorded 2010 - 2012 in Los Angeles[1][2]
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock, electronica, IDM
Length 44:35
Language English
Label XL[1][2]
Producer Nigel Godrich
Singles from Amok
  1. "Default[3]"
    Released: September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)
  2. "Judge, Jury and Executioner[4]"
    Released: March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)
  3. "Before Your Very Eyes...[5]"
    Released: July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01)

Amok is the debut album by the alternative rock band Atoms for Peace, released on February 25, 2013 through XL Recordings.[1][2] The album features Radiohead singer Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, keyboards and programming), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (bass), longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (production and programming), Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M. (drums), and Mauro Refosco (percussion) of Forro in the Dark.[1]

Amok produced three singles: "Default", "Judge, Jury and Executioner" and "Before Your Very Eyes...". A music video for "Ingenue" was released via YouTube on February 28, 2013. The album received generally favourable reviews from critics.

Background and recording[edit]

Atoms for Peace formed in 2009 to perform songs from Thom Yorke's 2006 album The Eraser. After the tour ended in 2010, the band spent three days jamming and recording original material in a Los Angeles studio. The members bonded over a shared love of afrobeat; according to Yorke, the album was "the product of getting together, getting wasted and listening to Fela Kuti."[6] Describing his role in the sessions as "conducting", Yorke would show the band electronic music he had created and they would recreate it with live instruments. He said: "The music I do on my laptop is so angular. When you get people to play like that, it's so peculiar. Most of it, technically speaking, they can play. But there were times when we used the electronic sounds, because it was more brittle, more exciting ... One of the things we were most excited about was ending up with a record where you weren't quite sure where the human starts and the machine ends." Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich edited and arranged the recordings from the sessions, combining it with Yorke's electronic music, over the course of two years.[7]

Release[edit]

The first single, "Default", was released as a download on September 10, 2012.[3] The second single, "Judge, Jury and Executioner", was released as a download on January 7, 2013 and on vinyl on March 19, 2013.[4] "Before Your Very Eyes..." was released as the third single on July 1, 2013.[5]

On February 18, 2013, the album was made available via streaming from the official Atoms for Peace website.[8]

A music video for "Ingenue" was released via YouTube on February 28, 2013. It was directed and choreographed by Garth Jennings and Wayne McGregor respectively, who had previously worked with Yorke on the video for the Radiohead song "Lotus Flower" (2011).[9] On October 17, a video for "Before Your Very Eyes..." was released, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.[10]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[12]
A.V. Club A-[13]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[14]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[15]
The Independent 2/5 stars[16]
NME (8/10)[17]
Pitchfork (6.9/10)[18]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[19]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[21]

Amok has a score of 76 out of 100 on review aggregate site Metacritic, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[11] Awarding the album 3 out of 5 stars, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian said: "As a technical exercise, Amok is hugely impressive ... its sound is rich and deep, full of intriguing shifts and contrasts. But there are times when it feels the painstaking process used to create it may have assumed a greater importance than the business of actually writing songs ... Still, when Amok works, the results are spectacular."[15] Awarding the album 2.8 out of 5.0, Sputnikmusic found that though the album "rarely escapes sounding like a solo record from the Radiohead frontman ... it's quite likely that the average listener might find something to enjoy within the dense, layered folds of Amok."[21] Slant Magazine awarded the album 3 and a half stars out of 5, writing: "With such richly diverse membership, it's disappointing that Atoms for Peace is so highly derivative of Yorke and Godrich's recent work ... the result is essentially a collection of agile, minimalist rock songs with a handful of interesting but ultimately superficial electronica flourishes."[20] Awarding the album 6.9 out of 10, Pitchfork Media wrote that while Amok "is certainly a more colourful, layered work than The Eraser ... for all the rhythmic chicanery at play, [it] feels strangely static and contained, giving a perpetual sense of jogging in place."[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Before Your Very Eyes..."   5:47
2. "Default"   5:15
3. "Ingenue"   4:30
4. "Dropped"   4:57
5. "Unless"   4:40
6. "Stuck Together Pieces"   5:28
7. "Judge, Jury and Executioner"   3:28
8. "Reverse Running"   5:06
9. "Amok"   5:24
Total length:
44:35

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

References[edit]

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