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At War With the Mystics [CD]

The Flaming Lips Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion 4:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vein Of Stars 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Wizard Turns On... 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Mr. Ambulance Driver 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Haven't Got A Clue 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The W.A.N.D. 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Goin' On 3:390.79  Buy MP3 

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Following on from their sprawling and excellent Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, the Flaming Lips seem to have lightened up the mood with their new long-player At War With The Mystics. Despite the overtly political ‘anti-Bush’ stance that runs through the album’s lyrics, it’s the music – upbeat, accessible - that will attract and startle Lip’s fans most. Opening track, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" is a fine example of the bands newly palatable schtick. It’s an undeniably inventive song in terms of arrangements and mood but it lacks the band’s signature excess, and opens the floodgates for a stream of similarly superficial songs that favour feelgood atmospherics over anything truly transcendental. It’s not that the songs are bad; most of them are very, very good. But the Prince-like funk soundtrack that backs "Free Radicals", for example, is a far cry from prior material like "Chrome Plated Suicide" etc., which made their reputation as a band to be reckoned with. Some may love this new pop-lite direction, but just as many may well find it disappointing. --Paul Sullivan

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THE FLAMING LIPS At War With The Mystics (Authentic 2007 US AUTOGRAPHED 12-track CD album including the single The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song picture sleeve. Boldly signed by Wayne Coyne Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins on the front cover in black marker pen)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Genius From The Lips 18 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Flaming Lips have now become predictably good. Yet some features of this adroit band remain entirely unpredictable, such as their desired artistic and thematic directions, which vary so erratically, yet laudably, with each release.

Here, the Lips choose to fully incorporate buzzing, distorted guitars for, arguably, the first time since 1995's 'Clouds Taste Metallic'. A track such as 'The W.A.N.D.' is more guitar-driven than anything you'll find on the two preceding albums, 'Yoshimi' and 'The Soft Bulletin'.

Moreover, thematically, the Lips have lent this album a previously atypical outward contemporary political edge, with 'The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song' finding vocalist Wayne Coyne musing philosophically over the influence of power on the individual. Delightfully, though, the Lips have not shed their idiosyncratic skin, and whilst 'The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song' may explore contemporaneously relevant themes, it is paradoxically unorthodox, with its robotic-sounding instrumentation and memorable 'yeah yeah yeah' harmonics. Pivotally, it sounds great and is a triumphant and apt commencement to AWWTM.

This disparity in style between AWWTM and the band's prior, aforementioned successes, has understandably left certain fans disappointed, however, even though this album may require comprehensive listening for steadfast 'Yoshimi' and 'Soft Bulletin' fans to acclimatise, it is well worth the effort, and the Lips must be commended for continually pushing sonic boundaries. This innovation is at its most glaring on the terrifically titled, 'Pompeii am Götterdämmerung', which encompasses some distinctive, skewed, psychedelic vocals, accompanied by haunting and rousing instrumentation, and is unlike anything in the band's back-catalogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At war (and at peace) 7 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Flaming Lips are back at last.
The most lovable rockers in the world have returned, in "At War with the Mystics." This isn't a concept album like their previous one; instead, it's the Lips doing the kind of wonky psychedelica that they do better than anyone else. It's joyous, riotous and wonderfully bizarre.
It opens with a trio of songs that sit on the border between catchy and psychedelic: a cheery little opener that asks some important questions, ("If you could make everybody poor/just so you could be poor/would you do it?... With all your powers, what would you do?"), a guitar-grinder that bashes a "poor man's Donald Trump," and slips into shimmering, murky pop.
Then the Lips take a trip into more experimental places, and the results are breathtakingly beautiful. They fill the delicate songs with fluttering electronica, bittersweet songwriting, and epic soundscapes. It reaches a peak with "The Wizard Turns On...," a sort of Floydian journey song.
Then it's back to to the less ethereal stuff. A soft psychedelic tune with a siren, a shuddering rock tune, and fuzz-rocker. "Time after time those fanatical minds try to rule all the world/Telling us all it's them who's in charge of it all!" Wayne Coyne sings in "W.A.N.D," arguably one of the best songs of the album.
"At War with the Mystics" is like being stuck in a colourful time warp -- the Lips explore their softer, psychedelic music, and mash it together with their older fuzz-rock/punk stuff. Anyone expecting "The Soft Bulletin II" or "Yoshimi: The Sequel" will be disappointed, but someone expecting some lovable rock will adore it.
It does have one flaw: unevenness.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL!!! 22 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
For once, people should believe the hype- this album is fantastic. It is quintessential Flaming Lips, managing to marry Pink Floyd type psychedelia and musicality (in places, it sounds like "Dark Side" rewritten for the 21st century) with (I know this sounds a sin for music snobs) catchy and beautiful pop/rock, which would make Coldplay jeolous. The usual themes and styles are all here- simple lyrics about life/death married with lavish production, combining to create an album of incredible warmth and beauty and one which (despite the cliche) really does reward repeated listening. Most people will be blown away on first listen by the more instant tracks, such as "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song", "Free Radicals" and "the WAND" but, after a few listens, it is the less obvious songs like "My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion" and "Pompeii" that really strike a chord.

I have seen a number of reviews in which this album is compared unfavouarbly with the two that preceded it- Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi. For me, "Mystics" is more organic and warm than Yoshimi (the critics who complain about the indulgence of "The Wizard Turns On" here seem to have forgotten all about "Yoshimi Part 2" and seem to think that the last album consisted of 11 tracks all like "Do You Realise?") and, whilst I would agree that it is not as great as "The Soft Bulletin" (which, incidentally, is available from Amazon for less than a fiver, an absolute steal), that is an unfavourable comparison only in the sense that "Sgt Peppers..." is not as good as "Revolver".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flamin early
Added to my collection. For me it is early Flaming lips - I enjoyed the listen.
Published 20 days ago by Crispin Flagstaff
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah,Yeah,Yeah and Maybe
Not their best album but one that signalled a change towards the more experimental Embyonic and Terror albums. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Football XI
3.0 out of 5 stars A messy end of an era
After the deep emotional and existential themes of the last couple of albums, At War With The Mystics is unexpectedly playful and ocassionally silly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic 5.1!!!
The 5.1 mix of this record is amazing. You must take into account that it was designed to listen with the front and the back speakers of the same size and type, and the subwoofer... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gustavo Cirigliano
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly misunderstood album from The Lips....
At War With The Mystics may just be The Flaming Lips most mis-understood album yet. Criticism towards it points out that it feels dis-jointed, has weaker lyrical content and sounds... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DodgyDan
3.0 out of 5 stars At war with their ideas
At War With The Mystics is unfortunately a little weak compared to The Flamings Lips previously triumphant outpouring of anarchic blissfulness. Read more
Published on 2 April 2009 by R. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing, but not thrilling
As someone who loved The Soft Bulletin but failed to be entirely seduced by Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, I approached this album with cautious interest. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2007 by A. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Let It Wash Over You
As a complete album, I actually think that this is The Flaming Lips' best. Yes, some of the lyrics may be abysmal, the "yeah, yeah, yeah" of "The Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Song" fame does... Read more
Published on 17 July 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I tried, I mean I really tried...
... but the sad fact is that it's not up to scratch.

Bands have their ups and downs, but the FLs have produced gem after gem. Until now. Read more
Published on 7 July 2007 by Grundig
5.0 out of 5 stars "At War.." presents an unfettered and unfolding landscape of what can,...
It really doesn't seem like four years ago that the Flaming Lips, then a relatively obscure and underloved oddity famous for "She Don't Use Jelly", released yet another... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2007 by Mr. M. A. Reed
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