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Madness Takes Over Again

The Flaming Lips' follow-up to At War With The Mystics heralds a major departure from the bouncy symphonic pop sounds that characterised that album and its predecessors, Yoshimi and The Soft Bulletin. In Embryonic, the Lips have immersed themselves in a psychic desperation that has laid largely dormant beneath the life-affirming anthems of their recent albums. From the harshly discordant electronic crunches of the first track, Convinced of the Hex, to the booming distorted bass line of the concluding track, Watching the Planets, Embryonic is awash with an affecting sense of isolation, despair and deep psychosis. The instrumental arrangements are often jarring and many Lips fans who have only listened to their last three albums may find this nominal double album much harder listening. Heavily distorted guitars, dirty bass and multiple layers of effects provide a powerful backdrop to Wayne Coyne's often dark lyrics. In its themes and its musical flavour, Embryonic is much more similar to the soundtrack for the Lips' movie, Christmas on Mars, than it is to Mystics. The veritable freakout that dominates much of the seven minutes of Powerless and the freeform wail and crash of the instrumental Aquarious Sabotage define the new direction that the Lips find themselves heading in. Coyne has described the sound as a convergence of Joy Division, Miles Davis and John Lennon. If you loved Do You Realize? but never quite got the point of the Flaming Lips' more mind-bending forays into experimentalism, this album is not for you; there is little reprieve from the insanity. On the other hand, if you are willing to be led down the path towards the unknown and want to see for yourself just how the Lips can remain one of the most exciting psychedelic experimental bands even in their twelfth studio album and after nearly 30 years of activity, buy this album now.

An Excellent Change In Style (If there wasn't one it wouldn't be the Flaming Lips)

Sensational sound shift on this double album. The sound is almost like you are part of one of their own jams in their studio. It feels natural and rugged, yet has grandeur about it. The old synth epics like Do You Realise?? and the pop anthems like The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song are not to be found, but subtle traces are existent throughout the entire record. It is for this reason that this album is great.
It rivals The Soft Bulletin but in its own unique way. Must hear tracks Silver Trembling Hands, Worm Mountain, Aquarius Sabotage, See the Leaves


Formed: 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Even within the eclectic world of alternative rock, few bands were so brave, so frequently brilliant, and so deliciously weird as the Flaming Lips. From their beginnings as Oklahoma weirdos to their mid-'90s pop culture breakthrough to their status as one of the most respected groups of the 2000s, the Lips rode one of the more surreal and haphazard career trajectories in pop music. An acid-bubblegum band with as much affinity for sweet melodies as blistering noise assaults, their off-kilter...
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