Atoms For Peace - 2013
Thom Yorke is what's wrong with Radiohead. There, I said it. I have a ton of respect for the guy, and it's probably not all his fault, but I have no doubt that he's the main issue. Ever since Radiohead blew all of our minds with "Kid A", they've been releasing albums of polyrhythmic layers that click and clack, but rarely have "songs". Thom's solo album "The Eraser" is the one exception. That album had strong songs that were enhanced by the rhythms and production. Amok is cut from the same cloth that the post-Kid A Radiohead albums are. The rhythmic layers are really cool, but ultimately they all kind of sound the same. Thom mumbles and hums his sparse lyrics over the top in some sort of a, "look, I can write a melody over in 11/8 time". We could also place blame on Nigel Goodrich, who has produced the Radiohead albums, Thom's solo album, and is in this band, but ultimately Thom is the leader, and I'm calling him out. Amok is well played and worth a listen, but you know what you're getting before hitting play.