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We wanted to let this one sink in a while; give it time to breathe and reveal itself slowly and surreptitiously (as we expect this album would want to be treated). After a good few spins we are just about there we think…
 
BitTorrent fan fare aside, Thom Yorke’s sophomore solo album is a momentous moment in music. We are always interested, but find it tricky to fully grasp where Thom Yorke really finds himself (emotionally and/or creatively) during any chapter of his career to date. He is a mysterious fellow who has never entertained the PR machine or the music press to any real degree, he keeps himself to himself most of the time and unless he is actively trying to bring the music industry down with his sheer inventiveness, he let’s his music do the talking - a tactic which almost always works might we add.
 
Album Review - Thom Yorke ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’
Not that this is a problem 99% of the time. We are just curious folk who are always keen to learn more about the UK’s most enterprising and celebrated music makers. This time around silence really was golden for Yorke who kept ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ a complete secret up until the moment of release; the BitTorrent bundle more than making up for a lack of physical release. Yorke’s never-ending assault on the stifling pillars of the music industry may well be on the rise (over one million downloads in week one), but in no way is his latest assault to the detriment of the music on display.
 
The key to getting anywhere near the bottom of the new LP is to forget all about Yorke’s involvement in Radiohead (and Atoms For Peace) for the 40 minute duration and focus firmly on what Yorke brings to the table as a solo artist. Strip the strings away, strip the live drums, strip it all back and immerse yourself in Thom Yorke and his adventures within the computer programmes, drum machines, keyboards and modular synths that define his work as a solo artist. It is at times a barren world, he has certainly slowed down since his Mercury nominated debut ‘The Eraser’, but this is not to say he has taken steps backwards.
 
Album Review - Thom Yorke ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’
‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ is a gloriously considered and beautifully executed album full of stunning electronica. Thom Yorke is an expert in his field and it shows throughout; what the album lacks in immediacy, it more than makes up for in the layers of soulful electronic ambience, supported and accentuated by Yorke’s warped vocals and excellent craft as a pianist. As expected, Yorke’s vocal range and exceptional timing are what sets ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ aside from his contemporaries and while it is in no way another revolution in sound for Yorke, it is still a triumphant return.
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