Thom Yorke Anima (Deluxe/2Lp)
NME (Magazine): 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is an artfully produced fever dream of an album that, in its doominess, suggests we should continue to pay credence to the prophet Thom Yorke..."
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Vinyl LP Details
- Number of Records: 2
- Released: August 16, 2019
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Xl Recordings
Rolling Stone4 stars out of 5 -- "ANIMA is 48 minutes of abstract electro confessionals, written and produced in close collaboration with Nigel Godrich in a fit of Flying Lotus-inspired experimentation....He's tapping into anxieties both geopolitical and personal..."
NME (Magazine)4 stars out of 5 -- "This is an artfully produced fever dream of an album that, in its doominess, suggests we should continue to pay credence to the prophet Thom Yorke..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "The third solo album from Thom Yorke is the first one that feels complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue."
Clash (Magazine) - "Stylistically, it draws on Thom Yorke's electronic impulses, on his attraction to club culture's more fractured, introspective elements; tracks bleed in and out of one another, with the over-arching structure leaning on the DJ set as a central spine."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Dawn Chorus
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.I Am A Very Rude Person
- 2.Not The News
- 3.The Axe
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Impossible Knots
- 3.(Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming)
It sounds counterintuitive to say Thom Yorke delivers uneasy music with a sense of ease, yet ANIMA unfurls with a slow, steady confidence that can be called comfortable. Perhaps this relaxed gait is due to how ANIMA finds Yorke treading familiar territory, revisiting the kind of jittery, chilly electronica that has been his solo specialty ever since he snuck out The Eraser in 2006. During the 13 years that separate The Eraser and ANIMA, indie and electronic music underwent several changes, but Yorke and his longtime producer Nigel Godrich aren't especially interested in chasing trends. They're working with a similar tool box that they did in a previous decade, running loops, distorting acoustic instruments, operating faders, and leaning into glitches and skittish rhythms. All these sounds mean ANIMA sounds superficially similar to its predecessors (The Eraser, plus 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes), but Yorke and Godrich are craftsman, offering a different perspective on a familiar subject. That subject is, naturally, a distrust of the modern world and a fear of a creeping dystopia, a paranoia that suits the troubled times of 2019. Perhaps the world has turned to meet Yorke on his old stomping ground, but that's where his light touch comes into play. Where he once seemed consumed with dread, Yorke gently argues for the importance of humanity within a cold, alienated world. When he attempts to articulate this stance in his lyrics, he can be a shade direct -- witness how he rails against "goddamned machinery" on "The Axe" -- but his bluntness is softened by the slow, shifting soundscapes that populate ANIMA. Against all odds, Yorke's eerie electronic shimmer doesn't inspire fear so much as console; in this dark time, it's reassuring to hear a human heart beating the digital clutter. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine