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The Flaming Lips like challenges. They like to take noises and found sound, electronically manipulated instrumentation and sonically altered vocals, and find the song after the damage is done. Their film Christmas On Mars included some of the band’s most atmospheric and formless songwriting and it’s from this starting point that Embryonic begins its creation. The album’s title was chosen since Lips leader Wayne Coyne wished to keep the songs and sounds in their earliest stages before too much thinking and development would alter their initial inspirations. The sounds are occasionally abrasive and ugly (“Convinced of the Hex”). Tunes vary in scope, with the deep ‘70s funk of “See the Leaves,” or pop melodies altered for great effect (“Evil”) with flashes of hazy innocence (“If”). Five tunes are abbreviated pieces named from Zodiac signs (“Aquarius Sabotage,” “Gemini Syringes”). “Your Bats,” “Powerless,” “Silver Trembling Hands” near conventional songwriting, but are sonically altered to the point of near obliteration. “Watching the Planets” ends things with a final crunch. And a cosmic concept hides under the tough, spacey pieces of instrumental wreckage.

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Psychedelia at its highest intensity!

The boys from Oklahoma send you into yet another hypnotic state with their 13th studio album, "Embryonic". A true Lips sound is ever present through-out the double album, although a little more unfocused experimentation seems to have taken place for this one. MGMT & Karen O, from Yeah Yeah Yeah's, make contributions on this collection of recordings sure to send you into a realm you may have never thought possible.

Make sure you have a buddy while listening to "Embryonic". You just don't know how you'll end up...

4.5 out of 5

A Disgusting Little Treat

One shouldn't be surprised to see the Flaming Lips lead a new wave of psychadelic pop. How impressive is it to see these old guys break such new ground every time. Not a lot of "pop songs" but you just crave the noise when it's gone. Love it.

no more catchiness

Flaming Lips are always good. But this time around, they experiment a bit too much. There is not a single song on this album that has the happy cathiness of their previous albums. Embryonic goes very far from what they did before even if it sounds familiar due to their experimental songs from the past. I've been listening to the album about 10 times now and I'm still not sure I like it. Even tough I'm a huge fan. Still good, but not enough variety.


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 21st century, 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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