Grade • B+
CD • Atoms For Peace which takes its name from an 1953 Eisenhower speech about the threats and benefits of atomic warfare has been called a supergroup for its assemblage of well-known musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker of Beck & R.E.M and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, who has toured with the Peppers, Brian Eno and Byrne.
But the two dominant stars, from which the debut album "Amok" takes shape, are Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke (with his signature falsetto simmering and soaring to evocative effect) and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
The electronic tracks sound much like out-takes from recent Radiohead sessions except for one crucial and pleasing element: these songs are songs, rather than Radiohead's electronic experiments that even Miles Davis would find self-indulgent.
These synth-heavy songs, with the blend of the explorative nature of electronica and the craftsmanship of rock, make this collection hauntingly hypnotic.
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