Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Flaming Lips: The Terror


This is an almost perfect album, in fact, the only reason I didn't give it a perfect 10 is that I'm still listening to it over and over on repeat. Keeping it weird has become the band's M.O. and you never know what direction they're going to take you. Coming off the last record Embryonic, a fantastic record, this is more subdued, not as heavy in dreamscape sounds and textures. It's somewhere between Pink Floyd and Radiohead's Kid A. Wayne Coyne has reinvented his voice once again, singing mostly in falsetto like a sound effect more than lead vocalist, and the instrument work is ambient and more experimental than ever. It's amazing this band grows better with age. I can't think of anybody else that seems to be peaking every record. In the 90's, they had their ups and downs, but now they seems to be on track and heading into the future. If any band is leading the way musically and artistically in general, it's The Flaming Lips. This record's so good, maybe they should slow down and tour for a while before releasing another album. I'll be surprised, is the next is as good, but then again, from this band, nothing and everything is surprising at the same time! 

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