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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.

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sit back; watch the trolls & goblins bash what they don't understand. The more this band is allowed to experiment and be more than 'just a band' the better they become. Welcome to a real musical experience.

The best yet?

I have almost all of The Flaming Lips studio albums and this one is definitely among the best. I put it up there with Ego Tripping and Yoshimi. Awesome!

Torturous, horrifying, sharp and bloody womb music.

This is one of the most inventive, challenging, and terrifying works of music I've had the pleasure to shock my senses with. With a new found outlook on not only their tone, but how they execute and create sounds and grime them together, the Flaming Lips have taken the happiness out of the formula while leaving the immense excitement and sense of wonder they know how to deliver. Putting this record on will scare some, I would even issue a trigger-warning for this record as it could disorient or frighten you. The dense fog of synth, the astounding lack of drums (existing merely to set the time, no theatrics or "life" to them), the guitars mangled, sharp and beating sometimes, or coated in layers of manipulated effects... The Flaming Lips used the perfect word when describing this monolith: Bleak.

Give it a listen. Make yourself a womb of sheets and turn it up loud. This is the musical equivilent to a horror movie. 5/5


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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