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Album Review

The same extraordinary madness that infected the best work of Brian Wilson rears its head on the shimmering and melodic Clouds Taste Metallic, a masterful collection which completes the Flaming Lips' odyssey into the pop stratosphere. The Pet Sounds comparisons are obvious — two of the highlights are titled "This Here Giraffe" and "Christmas at the Zoo" — yet not unfair; like Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne has refined his unique vision into something both highly personal and powerfully universal. Similarly, while Coyne's lyrics remain as acid-damaged and inscrutable as ever, his densely constructed songs convey emotional complexities far beyond the scope of their head-case titles ("Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles," "Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World"); galvanized by equal parts newfound maturity and childlike wonderment, Clouds Taste Metallic is both the Flaming Lips' most intricate and most irresistible work.

Customer Reviews

One of The Best Albums of the 90's

I've had this album stashed away on my computer for years, but hadn't listened to it until the other day. I inherited this album as long as few other lips albums from my sister years ago and never gave em a listen. then one day I had my Itunes on shuffle and I went to the bathroom when I came back the song "Bad Days" was playing and I thought I was listening to Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. I then realized I was listening to the flaming lips. I fell in love with that song instantly and the album followed suit. I recommend this album to anybody who likes good music. One of my favorites of all time. Clever goofy lyrics, great melodies, great crazy noises. This albums full of tunes that will be stuck with you for days and the production is just top notch. You can listen to it over and over and find different things every time. Buy this right now if you haven't already. You won't regret it.


this album (and most of the flaming lips other 90's stuff) are underrated to say the least. invest in this album and give it a good listen and you won't regret it.

GREAT ALBUM! 2nd best 'Lips album to Soft Bulletin.

Before I got a hold of this album, I would have “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” as my number two Flaming Lips album, but not anymore. As great and as epic as Yoshimi was, Clouds Taste Metallic has way better/catchier songs and less fillers. Although these songs take longer to get hooked on, once you get hooked, there's no stopping you from listening to the album OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

This is a different Flaming Lips than when they released “The Soft Bulletin” and “Yoshimi”. Their guitarist was still the little black dude, Drodz’s heroin habit was just starting up (and when he was deep in it, that was when the Flaming Lips’ creativity boomed and the band evolved into what they are today), and they were just coming off some other great "pre-Zaireeka" albums such as “In a Priest Driven Ambulance” and “Hit to Death in the Future Head.”

“The Abandoned Hospital Ship” – A very interesting way to kick off an album, with background sound effects. It starts slow, and some people may start to go to sleep, but BAM at the 2:00 mark, the song becomes as epic and catchy as this album will eventually become. – 9/10

“Psychiatric Explorations of…” – Another slow start (although I love these slow starts) and then once again BAM at the 0:55 mark, the song takes off. The ahhs (1:25-1:30; 2:55-3:00) make this song. Although this song rocks, it doesn’t hold up after 25 listens like some of the other ones – 8/10

“Placebo Headwound” – This song is as beautiful as the questions Wayne asks in this song. And in fact, the best parts of this song is when he is asking the questions to an acoustic-guitar background. And don’t forget the very catchy 15 second bridges that appear in this song, and the sweet ending. – 9/10

“This Here Giraffe” – Finally we get to this album’s number one single. If I were to judge it as just a single, I would say it’s very catchy and the bass-line drives the song. But in the context of the album, what really impresses me about the song is the sweet 3 second guitar riffs that get more plentiful towards the end of the song. It’s a very addicting song once you get hooked. – 9.5/10

“Brainville” – Another slow start which helps the chorus come through better. A bit repetitive, but I still love it. I want to go to Brainville too! – 8/10

“Guy Who Gets a Headache…” – When I first listened to this album, I wanted to hit the skip button. This is a difficult song to get into, but it is one of the, if not the best song on the album. Don’t let the slow tempo fool you, wait for the 1:25 mark and you will be treated with a delightful chorus. The sonic boom exploding part (1:55-2:10) is just one of the many reasons why this song is amazing. And I agree, “it’s hard to celebrate with a headache.” – 10/10

“When You Smile” – Beautiful, touching, the guitar work is fabulous in this song. There isn’t much more to say about it…it’s just beautiful. – 9/10
“Kim’s Watermelon Gun” – Another song that I didn’t get into at first. But once I did, I was hitting the repeat button over and over. It’s one of the premier rock-out songs on the album, but without the beautiful guitar-work-breaths (0:43-0:50), the song would’ve came out too heavy. But with them, plus a great ending, the song is near-perfect. – 9/10

“They Punctured My Yolk” – Once again another slow, but this time very beautiful, start. This album is all about the background guitar work, so obviously I love when the guitar comes in at 1:10. The song continues to build and build and then another BAM moment at 2:43. And don’t forget the fabulous ending starting at 3:30. Great song. One of my favorites. – 9.5/10

“Lighting Strikes the Postman” – Here’s the best rock-out song on the album. I mean, how can you not rock out to this song? It may be a bit repetitive, but thankfully they throw in a breath-of-air bridge at 1:25 and then the calming final 30 seconds. – 9/10

“Christmas at the Zoo” – The most catchy lyrics of the album. I love the bass lines that come through periodically like at 0:40-0:47, they, along with the chorus, make the song great. Oh and also the whistling ending. This song is beautiful AND catchy. And to think I was originally going to give it just a 9. – 9.5/10

“Evil Will Prevail” – The guitar work, the going up and down, makes the first two thirds of the song bearable. And then once again, like so many other times on the album, a BAM moment at 2:41 where it all comes together. – 8.5/10

“Bad Days” – What a great way to end a great album. The lyrics are great, the background vocals are great, and the BAM moment at 2:06 is great. I don’t have much more to say than I love this song. It might be the best song on the album. In fact, it probably is. – 10/10

What makes this album so special, is that all of the individual parts (guitar, vocals, bass) all give themselves little catchy riffs and “breaths” as I said earlier. The songs build and build and all the parts come together for many BAM moments and epic/beautiful endings. It’s not the foreground that makes this album great, it’s the background. And it’s not the beginning of the songs that make the album, it’s the ends. Just when you think you are tired of a song, the little nuances come through and you realize just how special the album really is.


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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