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Flaming Lips, The Terror
(Warner Bros Records)

07/04/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Whether or not you’re a Flaming Lips fan, you’ll probably hate this album after the first listen. The most common complaint is that Wayne Coyne is trying to out-weird himself, which would be a tall order even if it were true. No, this album’s great for what it is, a collection of downtempo psychedelica, the death-obsessed lyrics of which were actually portended in 2002 when Coyne sang “Everyone you know someday will die” on “Do You Realize.” True, there aren’t nearly as many Boredoms-style noise-wave moments nor graspable grooves as 2009’s Embryonic, but that album’s “Gemini Syringes” and “Evil” are legitimate hints of what you’ll experience on The Terror: un-tethered quirk-chill floating out in space, though in this case the psychedelic reveries are a little more consistently interrupted by the band’s trademark tremolo-cheese, feedback and other grating things, as if those loud no-wave songs were trying to break in and take over the album. If you’re desperately seeking a tenuous grip on these goings-on, keep in mind that the band re-did the entire Dark Side of the Moon LP a short while ago. A Eric W. Saeger





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