As a guy who actively disliked Radiohead when I reviewed them last year at Prudential, I have difficult explaining my pleasure in Thom Yorke's solo work. I loved The Eraser from 2006 and preferred 2009's "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses" to "Harrowdown Hill".
It was "Horses" that really set the stage for Beats Ahoy Yorke Supergroup Atoms For Peace -featuring Nigel Godrich as well as Flea and Joey Waronka and Mauro Refosco. So, yeah, you knew this wasn't gonna be a pop move. It is as if everybody listened to" Lotus Flower" with an aching headache that lessened with the more clacks you stuck into it.
Atom For Peace's superb debut album Amok is not House, it isn't dance, and nobody is working on BPMS, rather it is integrated lo-fi grooves that are placed right on top of the tracks. And despite Yorke's vocals, these are tracks not songs.
I loved it so much I bough a tix for their Le Poisson Rouge 1am gig but, cmon, it was 1am and I am 56 years old and I bailed. After reading Amy Nielsen's review I feel safer in my assumption that it wasn't the show for me. My heart certainly does not skip a beat at the sight of Yorke's bobbing pony tail.
Still, I would love to see the band on stage and will be doing so at Barclay Center, September 27th, 2013, A Friday no less. I am wondering if the levels of beat sophistication will implode on a stage that big, can they connect? God knows, Radiohead can't with all the LCDs and techno dreams known to man. They are still too cool on stage. But since iced rhythms is AFP schtick it might be magnificent.
Incidentally, I don't believe I reviewed Amok, so here is a sentence to keep you going. "Judge, Jury, Executioner" you knew and loved and it isn't the best. Opener "Before Your Very Eyes…" is a paddy waddy beat over their most melodic moment and "Stuck Together Pieces" sounds like it was recorded under water and includes Flea's greatest moment. A perfect dance trance contraction made to move you from side to side EDM at its best. Grade: A-
TaylorSwift’s “The Era Tour” Reaches MetLife Arena, May 28th, 2023, Reviewed
tried way too hard and ended up a crushing bore
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 5-19-23 – 5-25-23
Morgan is the first country star with twelve consecutive weeks at # 1 since Billy Ray Cyrus 30 years ago
Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Album Releases 6-2-23 – 6-8-23
excellent, deeply melodic, indie rock
Going Steady: New Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
sort of Neil Young without the head cold and in full pop mode.
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, May 29th To June 4th
Grace Jones will be at OUTLOUD Music Fest
UK Top 10 Albums 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
outsold the rest of the Official Albums Chart Top 10 combined
UK Top 10 Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
an EDM plonker on top
Dead Babies: Helmut Berger And Martin Amis Leave Us
about how time decays us
The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
a major slice of bad news
The Cure At The Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, Reviewed
The most heart-pulsing moments took us back through the past 45 years.