Album Review: AMOK

The Eraser started as Thom Yorke’s (Radiohead) solo electronic project, serving as his outlet for an increasing interest in the genre. It’s not that Radiohead never dabbled in experimentation and electronic previously (see Kid A, Amnesia, and King of Limbs), but this was Yorke, his laptop, and assistance from longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The Eraser became a live band when Yorke decided he wanted to play the songs live, and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and others were recruited for Atoms for Peace. The live band has now collaborated on new music, beyond Yorke’s laptop tinkering, and the result is the highly anticipated AMOK. The problem is that The Eraser is one of Yorke’s all-time great releases, including his catalog with Radiohead. The bar has been set so high, and AMOK can’t compete. Lead single “Default” is an aberration and would fit nicely within the track list for The Eraser. However, the rest of the track, while by no means dismissible, are a shadow of what came before. The Eraser was personal and minimalistic, and that was the point.

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