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The Flaming Lips - 2009

The title of Embryonic is fitting, as in some ways it marks a return to the conception of the band. Back when the Lips were a raw, punk rock-on-acid type of band, this album would fit right in. Gone is the glossy, orchestrated shine of The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. In its place are clanking guitars, vocal shrieks, and feedback, that are all daring the listener to hum along. I wont lie I dont love this double album. Its way too long, and there are a number of tracks that are noisy filler, but underneath the minutia are the lips that we know and love. See the Leaves could have come right off of Clouds Taste Metallic. You could envision a young Lips performing Worm Mountain on stage in the late 80s, while setting the drum kit on fire. Convinced of the Hex is the one standout track that could be a live Lips standard for years to come, with its grooving baseline and big hook. While Bulletin took a queue from Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd, Embryonic is all Syd Barrett. (standout track: Convinced of the Hex)

Posted by Tambe



Posted: 05/11/2013

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Tambe ranks this as the
#10 favorite album of 2009