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    The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Best album of the year? Possibly. The Flips are really exploring space with this one. No more robots, no more moonspeak, this record diminishes the clean veneer of the last two albums into a dark compressed black hole of eclectic drums mixed with bleeps, blips, bloops, and the frantic yearning of Wayne Coyne for meaning in a meaningless world. I emplore you to step outside your boxes and give this record a full listen.



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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbox View Post
    Best album of the year? Possibly. The Flips are really exploring space with this one. No more robots, no more moonspeak, this record diminishes the clean veneer of the last two albums into a dark compressed black hole of eclectic drums mixed with bleeps, blips, bloops, and the frantic yearning of Wayne Coyne for meaning in a meaningless world. I emplore you to step outside your boxes and give this record a full listen.

    Do they do a collaboration with Fergie though?



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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Nice writeup. Behind Radiohead I think these guys are the most boundary pushing band out there right now.



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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    No, but Steven Drozd is ALL OVER this one...which is a good thing.

    They do have Karen O and MGMT doing additional work on a couple songs.


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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    I've been meaning to check this one out. I enjoy the Lips (awesome live) but I can't help but get the impression that this might be one of those albums, that despite pushing the boundaries, just isn't that great. I think the extent to which bands "push the boundaries" is an extremely overrated aspect of musical critique. It certainly has it's time and place, and if bands stay in the same place, it's boring. However, some people and critics instantly assume that experimental = good. This is not always true, see: Neil Young "Trans".


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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I've been meaning to check this one out. I enjoy the Lips (awesome live) but I can't help but get the impression that this might be one of those albums, that despite pushing the boundaries, just isn't that great. I think the extent to which bands "push the boundaries" is an extremely overrated aspect of musical critique. It certainly has it's time and place, and if bands stay in the same place, it's boring. However, some people and critics instantly assume that experimental = good. This is not always true, see: Neil Young "Trans".
    I think people that came on board with "Yoshimi" and "At War" will be turned off by this one. It echos Zaikeera and The Soft Bulletin a lot more then the more accessible later work.


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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbox View Post
    I think people that came on board with "Yoshimi" and "At War" will be turned off by this one. It echos Zaikeera and The Soft Bulletin a lot more then the more accessible later work.
    I could see this. There was always that underlying sense of beauty and joy, even when the lyrics were pretty dark in those albums, and what I'm hearing (listening to tracks individually on youtube) is a lot more chilly, I guess.


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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    The Flips have always had the ability to make the macabre sound beautiful. It really is a weird dichotomy.


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    Re: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbox View Post
    The Flips have always had the ability to make the macabre sound beautiful. It really is a weird dichotomy.
    I always think of that when I hear "Do You Realize?" in an insurance ad.


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