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Atoms For Peace – Hear 'Judge, Jury And Executioner'

By Michael Nelson

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'AMOK' album art by Atoms for Peace

AMOK, the debut album from Atoms For Peace -- Thom Yorke's new band, also featuring Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco -- is due out in a few weeks. We've already heard one song from the album, "Default," and now we've got one more. "Judge, Jury And Executioner" sounds like a Radiohead song title, and frankly, it also sounds like a Radiohead song -- and even more like a Thom Yorke solo song, depending on the extent to which you draw a distinction between the two entities. This is largely due to the presences of Yorke and Godrich, naturally, who have worked together long enough now that their collective voice and vision are unmistakable. (Flea delivers phenomenal bass work, but it sounds nothing like the aggro slapping for which he's become famous.) It's maybe a bit smoother and not quite as twitch-inducing as Radiohead, but that's not a bad thing, and it's still plenty bleak, rhythmic, and textured, which is definitely a good thing. Check it out.

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Mar 6, 2013 8:26AM
Ever since Radiohead has been pushing to incorporate techno and electronic elements into their songs, they have lost a crucial element that can only be generated by human blood, sweat and tears: Soul. So Thom starts a new band called "AFWP" to carry on the musical experimentation which forced Radiohead to go underground. See the pattern yet?

I doubt this band will have much success and all the publicity I've been seeing lately has been due to an aggressive advertising campaign. I'm tired of seeing "Thom Yorke" attached to any musical effort because he really isn't that great. Sure, he was good when they sold millions of albums but "King of Limbs" was the worst set of cuts for Radiohead. I couldn't get into their new musical direction at all, save for "Lotus Flower" which resembled something from "In Rainbows".

Thom should realize that the only reason why people think he's good is because of his old stuff, not because of his new stuff. He doesn't have the touch of Apollo, he can't make shitty music sound wonderful. The only thing he managed to do was capture the hearts of the kind of fans who will never leave him, no matter what he sings.
Feb 11, 2013 8:58AM

ITS Ok >>> this is why Radiohead has dissapeared and has had no hit,like in foreveR ... this has no melody no hook ... tis will not be winning a grammy just sayin

DONT get it mixed up, i love RADIOHEAD !! JUST NOT ANY of there new material .. oh gawd,No ..


Jan 23, 2013 9:56AM
not really a radiohead fan but I love most all music.  this reminds me of gorillaz.  I like it but wouldn't put it on repeat.

I give it an 8, Dick.

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