ATOMS FOR PEACE Amok

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CHRIS JONES Down­load: Amok, De­fault, Dropped

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.

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