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Editors’ Notes

Oklahoma’s psychedelic pop purveyors are masters at wrapping emotionally heavy proclamations inside cosmic blasts of sonic bliss. This is best exemplified on 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, where The Flaming Lips deliver a gorgeous, tearjerking meditation on death (“Do You Realize??”). Thematically, The Terror feels like a sequel to Yoshimi. Amid whirring, warbling layers of sound, the Lips create a dark, post-apocalyptic planet that gives birth to some of their most bleak (“You Are Alone”), industrial (“Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die”), and atmospheric compositions to date. The deluxe version of The Terror follows a celestial arc, from the opener (“Look . . . the Sun Is Rising”) through the first bonus track, "Sun Blows Up Today." It also includes a seamless mix of the album’s songs, woven together in all of their haunting, pulsating glory.

Customer Reviews

I have heard the album

I have heard the new album, it was released in the UK today. It sound nothing like the commercial track "The sun blows up today", actually the opposite. The album is exactly what wayne Coyne said it would be. It is dark, metallic, atmospheric, no catchy sing alongs, no anthems. It seems to me an album for Lips die hard and it should be preformed in foggy graveyards. I respect it . . . but was anticipating more.

One of the Best.

Like most of their albums, this one differs from the last. Compared to 2009's "Embryonic," this album has more structured songwriting, and is largely electronic. The mood is very dark and depressing, just as the Lips have been describing it, and deals with subjects such as death and drug addiction- and will be hard to listen to at first. But believe me, this album grows on you, and is now one of my personal favorites from the Flaming Lips. The trick is to approach it with an open mind... don't expect to hear "Yoshimi" or "Soft Bulletin" in this one. Wayne's vocals on the songs (specifically on "Look... The Sun is Rising" and "Butterfly, How Long it Takes to Die") are filled with emotion, and Steven even gets a chance to sing lead on some tracks. (My favorite of these is "Turning Violent") If you're a fan of the Flaming Lips as a band, not a pop band, you will like this album- and I highly reccomend buying it.

Got a preveiw of this album at SXSW.

I saw the Flaming Lips at SXSW and they played this album in its entirety. I knew it would be different, I believed them when they said it would be darker, but I had no idea how much. To set the tone, imagine: instead of confetti filled t- shirt cannons, walking in space balls, and dancing animals, substitute a dark set with strange cords coming out of the walls: flashing vaginas and eye-balls on the screen, fire balls, Wayne draped in umbilical cords all the while holding a baby doll and human heads that sing. Seriously! It was an amazing performance and the songs were really a departure from previous material… in the best possible way. Cannot wait for the record to come out.

Biography

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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