5つ星のうち4.0The logical sequel to “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”
2019年7月26日 - (Amazon.com)
Ever since Radiohead released "Kid A" in 2000, it had become very clear that Thom Yorke had a need, make that an urge, to dive into the electronic side of music, as opposed to the more straight-forward guitar-oriented rock side of music. It eventually lead Thom to release "The Eraser" in 2006, an excellent foray into minimalist electronic music which I absolutely loved. Thom took it a step further by then fronting Atoms For Peace, a touring (and eventual recording) band which ultimately released "Amok" in 2013, in all but name a sequel to "The Eraser". Then came "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes", for reasons unknown originally released as a vinyl-only in 2014, and 4 years finally available on CD. When we most recently heard from Yorke, in Fall of 2018, he surprised us with the score to the “Suspiria” movie, a double album that stands apart from anything else he’s ever done. Now already comes this new album.
“Anima” (9 tracks; 48 min.) opens with “”Traffic”, a high-charging and very danceable tune that is one of my favorite tunes on here. “Last I Heard (He Was Circling The Drain)” is the first of several more introspective tunes. Several further highlights include “Not the News” and, deep into the album, “Impossible Knots”, which for me is the very best track on this album. (You may have noticed that I prefer the faster tunes.) Truth be told, if you like Yorke’s prior electronic noodling (and I mean that as a complement), this album is very much in line with it. Long-time producer Nigel Godrich is once again on board. Fellow Radiohead bandmate Phil Selway plays drums on “Impossible Knots”. Apart from the music, the CD packaging of “Amira” is as bare bones as you’ll ever find, with a few lines of production notes that are hardly legible. But it’s a minor quibble. Bottom line: “Anima” feels like a very logical sequel to “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” (which I only got last year when the CD was released). So for me the past 18 months have been an absolute delight with not 1, not 2, but 3 Thom Yorke solo releases!
I had the great fortune of catching Thom Yorke in concert with his Atoms For Peace cohorts (including Flea on bass) at the 2010 Coachella music festival. They were billed as "Thom Yorke ????", no kidding, and played all tracks from "The Eraser" and some new material that would eventually finds its way on "Amok". Surely one of the highlights of the festival for me. Yorke is coming to Ohio (where I am) later this Fall in support of “Anima”, and you can bet your last dollar that I will be front and center for that. Meanwhile “Anima” is a very welcome addition to Thom Yorke’s non-Radiohead catalog. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I am totally digging this album. Can't get it off the turntable (well, I made a Minidisc of it so that its mobile and continuous). I have mostly listened to it with headphones while doing computer work and filtering through family photos. Maybe it fills in all the mental spaces just right? Pause for a moment, listen to some cool transition or ominous colorful layering. Then send it to the background again. Keep spinning.
This record is totally absorbing and consuming. I'd take a few more just like this, Thom, if you have the time...
This album is terrible. As pretentious as they are, I love Radiohead and I bought this LP sight unseen based on that history, but I won't make that mistake again! Had I known that all you needed to do to sell records was put a drum machine on an infinite loop and start wailing like you're falling asleep drunk, I would've done it a long time ago. And speaking of falling asleep, this album would be the perfect cure for chronic insomnia.
Been a long time fan. With this one Thom has really mastered an electronic album on the same levels as the current EDM masters of today. If you don't like Thom's electronic forays, I still recommend it-the songwriting is better than it has been since "in rainbows," and I really like AMSP. Anyways. I thought it was amazing as someone who first saw them at 15 in Seattle on the Bends tour.