ATOMS FOR PEACE Amok
XL Thom Yorke is so synonymous with Radiohead that it’s odd to think of him playing with anyone else. And yet here he is, out on his own for a second time following 2006’s The Eraser. Sort of. The band he put together to tour that record – producer and multiinstrumentalist Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist Mauro Refosco and bassist Flea (yes, that Flea) – eventually became a fullyfledged outfit in their own right, and Amok is the result. Like much of Radiohead’s recent work, there’s a pervasive tension at work here, but also plenty of groove. Here we salute Flea, whose walloping low-end meshes perfectly with the eerie sonics and often frantic drum patterns. But any record fronted by Thom Yorke will rely heavily on his contribution, and while it’s always a joy to hear him sing, Amok is light on truly memorable songs.