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Editors’ Notes

It's no mean feat to fuse a sense of lyrical melancholy with a tripped-out, often experimental musical bent, but that's one of the chief factors that makes this veteran Oklahoma band's 2002 standout album so consistently intriguing. Dubbed for the contributions of guest collaborator Yoshimi P-we (leader of the Japanese experimental combo the Boredoms, who befriended the Lips on a Lollapalooza stint), her electronic sensibilities elevate Wayne Coyne's typically consciousness-bending songs into a realm that's too organic and sonically rich to be dubbed a Floyd rip-off. What seems to begin as whimsical, rhythmically adventurous concept album (the titular "battle") soon unfolds into a shimmering, ever dreamy collection that drifts between space-rock ("Approaching the Mons of Pavonis by Balloon," "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell") and such rewarding, introspective fare as Coyne's disturbingly beautiful meditation on death — and unlikely hit — "Do You Realize."

Customer Reviews

Completely Inventive...

Yes, "Do You Realize??" is incredible...but so is this entire album. There is really no comparing this album with anything else out's ethereal, wonderfully lighthearted... and yet, it makes some painfully candid points about how short life really is and living it with all the passion you can muster.

Pure Originality. Pure Soul. Pure Genius.

This review is coming from a skeptic of new music. The thing I personally believe is missing from a lot of music nowadays is soul. The Who, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Velvet Underground, and hell, even old punk had tons of soul. ( I didn't mention The Beatles because, they were above having soul and their massive composing skills and creativity just rolled off their fingertips.) However, this album and Soft Bulletin AND At War With the Mystics are all deep, soulful, creative journeys. Wayne, if some how you read this I want you to know that bands like yours, WILCO, and few others keep me going. ( along with the classics) I'm a aspiring producer/ George Martin and you guys keep me from drowning in the Cynic pool. Keep playing, and don't stop the soul Ob-la-di Ob-la-da Brotha!


If you play this album in one boom box, the soft bulletin in another boom box, embryonic in another boom box, at war with the mystics in another boom box, the clouds taste metallic in another boom box, and any three six mafia album in another boom box and press play at the same time what you will get is a syphony of musical ecstacy. This should be played at my funeral and my grand entrance to heaven. If I get to heaven.


Formed: 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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