OK, so the album was released a year ago. OK "The Golden Age" adds little to the standout track on Beck's most recent album. OK "Fight Test" is the weakest of the three singles.
But that doesn't mean one should ignore this release. The cover of Kylie's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is epic: a dramatic, quasi-orchestral radical reworking and not in the slightest bit Karaoke-esque.
The remix of "Do You Realize?" is slightly disappointing. I had expected something akin to the Boo Radleys' "Music for Astronauts" extended version of "Wake Up Boo" from the mid 1990s. However, in this case the remix's primary achievement is to make one yearn to hear the original of one of the greatest songs in recent years.
The two new originals are both worthy additions to the Lips' canon. "The Strange Design of Conscience" features the uniquely poetic lyrics and inflections which Wayne Coyne does better than anyone else in music. Look at the band's website for proof of his inspirational eloquence in describing his music. "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)" is a touching tribute to some guitarist/singer from Detroit who apparently is making all the right noises now.
So, as with all Lips' singles, the message is: buy "The Soft Bulletin" "Yoshimi" and especially the wondrous "Zaireeka" albums in preference. If you have any spare change and have a taste for this great group, feel free to shell out.