The Dark Side of the Moon
The Flaming Lips
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Thankfully I didn't purchase this, it was given to me. But it's really not what you might be expecting if you are an average music lover who is familiar with both The Flaming Lips and Pink Floyd. Sure, Wayne Coyne has a fantastic voice (and is probably the most qualified musician out there to replicate the subtle, sometimes haunting vocals of the original), but he doesn't stick to what made the original so great. Maybe it translates better live (we will see next FL tour), but going on 40 years since Dark Side of the Moon's release, and the fact that it still remains one of the best and most popular albums of all time, is there really any reason for someone to come along and sing off key the same lyrics that David, Roger & co. laid down for us all those years ago? Short answer - no. The previews here do it little justice - and you'll find the full album does just the same...
Interpretation not imitation = inspiration
When Pink Floyd came on to the scene all those years ago they were breaking new ground, challenging the top-40 mentality and pushing aural boundaries. They helped define a movement that made albums matter. Funny, that's also exactly why I LOVE The Flaming Lips. It's not supposed to always be easy out of the gate folks. I think this recording is a fantastic tribute to the sonic bravery that moves music forward. I admit I'm not 100% "comfortable" with this on a first listen either but I know enough to know that's probably a good thing. Thank you for this holiday treat Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Come to Toronto soon!
GIve it a chance
I am a fan of pink floyd, and i've got to say- Flaming Lips are a spaced out band, with a spaced out sound. They are not going to sound like pink floyd exactly, they are doing it in their own neck of the woods- 5 of 5 for creativity. C'mon, dont be stuck up, give it a chance.
Formed: 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s