Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Flaming Lips take a trip back

Anyone unfamiliar with the Flaming Lips’ work prior to the dreamy “Soft Bulletin” a decade ago may find the band’s latest offering a little unsettling. “Embryonic” — out Tuesday — dispenses with the  lush orchestrations and upbeat vibe. This is one dark, brooding album.

It’s also very good. And frankly, I’m ready for a change. It’s not quite a return to the band’s late ’80s beginnings. The psychedelic guitar bombast is replaced with electronic special effects. Still, it’s loose and more rock. Recommended.

Watching The Planets – The Flaming Lips

Convinced Of The Hex – The Flaming Lips

Worm Mountain – The Flaming Lips

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