Prophesies that this is a polarising album are borne out by the reviews to date which are of the 5 or 1 star variety only. While I can see (if vehemently disagree) why some people hate, eg, "Trout Mask Replica" or Coltrane's "Ascension", I am truly bewildered at the contempt by long-term Lips listeners. "The Terror" is still the work of the same group who made "Yoshimi", albeit with different production techniques. It is a textured, transcendental and often beautiful album (witness the surge of sound which ushers in "Be Free, A Way" and the interplay between the percussive sounds and the sweep of synth). Even the most obviously challenging song, the 13 minute "You Lust", is bewitching and almost as good as the fantastic "Machine Gun" by Portishead to which it pays a singular debt.
Throughout, Wayne Coyne is is fine, if fragile and high-pitched voice although, sad to say, the lyrics are as disappointing as those on "Embryonic" given his unique observational and expressive skills best deployed on "Zaireeka", "the Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi" itself. This caveat aside, this is an excellent album and confirms there is more mileage in one of the most intriguing journeys in modern music