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Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots [CD]

The Flaming Lips Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000068PQ0
  • Other Editions: DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Fight Test 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 2 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In The Morning Of The Magicians 6:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Are You A Hypnotist?? 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. It's Summertime 4:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Do You Realize?? 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All We Have Is Now 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia) 3:090.79  Buy MP3 

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Good news: the 11th album from the Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, is just as magnificent as its predecessor. 1999's The Soft Bulletin found this band of Oklahoma acidheads refining their eccentric indie-rock into glittering psychedelic fables. But Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots sees the band evolve even further into new, uncharted realms. Relying on crisp digital textures over muddy feedback rockouts, these 11 tracks are fully realised modern symphonies, twinkling with vivid orchestral sounds. The album's concept is peculiar in the extreme--a Manga-fied tale of a young Japanese girl warring against mechanical foes. Throughout, though, Wayne Coyne's vocals are warm, honest and heartfelt--no matter how absurd the words he's singing: "She's gotta be strong to fight 'em / So she's eaten lots of vitamins", he warbles sweetly on the title track, as vocoders chirrup in the background. Elsewhere, we find some of the Flaming Lips' most touching songs to date. "Do you realise? / That happiness makes you cry? / That everyone you know someday will die?" goes "Do You Realize" before a sparkling key change hikes the song up into a blub-inducing hymn to positivity. And "In the Morning of the Magicians" is a gentle, balladic rumination on love and empathy. Move over, Burt Bacharach: the spirit of classic songwriting appears to have found a new vessel. --Louis Pattison

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FLAMING LIPS Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002 UK 11-track CD album including the singles Do You Realize?? Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [Part 1] Fight Test Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell with fold-out lyric sleeve)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After The Flaming Lips' exhilarating and resoundingly seminal 1999 release, 'The Soft Bulletin', I doubted whether they would ever reach such heady heights again. However, this album vanquished all those lingering doubts into oblivion!

Contrary to the misguided assertions offered by certain critics, this isn't simply a rehash of the highly successful 'Soft Bulletin' formula. Here, The Lips experiment more intently with synthesisers and drum machines. These help foster a staggering electronic soundscape, which evokes a mesmerising futuristic resonance. The music is as heartfelt and affecting as ever, with subjects such as loss, death and helplessness explored, but delightfully injected with the Lips' typical idiosyncrasies. The whole pink robots concept is utterly barmy, and a perfect example of the band's endearing ability to imbue ostensibly solemn subject matters with optimism and jocularity - whilst augmenting the music, not detracting from it.

To be honest, I could spend literally days waxing lyrical over the merits of each song on the album, but I'm sure my self-gratifying grandiloquence will probably send most readers into a coma, so, instead, I shall tender an uncomplicated précis: 'Yoshimi' is a work of genius. Please buy it immediately for a considerable dose of life-enhancement.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply my favourite album ever. 18 May 2007
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
It looks like the other reviewers have done a good job of giving this album the respect it deserves. I doubt I will be as succinct and lucid as some of them, but I felt I just had to add my tribute.

I have a long history with this record. It started back in 2002 when I went to Amsterdam with some friends and took this record with me. The whole group of us just fell in love with it instantly, and would happily sing along in our mashed up states. These songs are so beautiful that some of them make me physically ache when I listen to them - "In the Morning of the Magicians" particularly.

"Do You Realise" was partially responsible for me getting together with my girlfriend. It's now "our song". I dount many couples have a "song" as cool as ours.

Not long after my girlfriend and I got together, we ate some magic mushrooms and had a bad trip. I had a particularly bad one as I'd taken 6 and a half times more than the recommended dose. While flailing around in the depths of despair and insanity I was listening mostly to the Screaming Trees' "Dust", which I used to like; but perhaps not surprisingly I haven't listened to since. Anyway, as the effects of the mushrooms lessened, and I started to realise that I wasn't dead or insane, I put this album on. Not only did everything get better, with the room starting to glow reassuringly, but Wayne Coyne's lyrics seemed to explain to me everything that I'd been going through, and everything I was then experiencing. It was a beautiful moment, and it helped to make the whole experience both the most terrifying experience of my entire life, and the most enlightening and worthwhile.

Perhaps that sounds sad to you, but I assure you that I feel enriched because of it, and wouldn't change a thing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing pyschedelia for a young generation 14 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well wow! This album grabs you from the first listen.The opening track is worthy of any psychedlic fans attention and is reminiscent of Cat Stevens.The two part Yoshimi... is a brave attempt at threading a concept into the album and works well. The Lips' music has become better with time and this album sees them put new textures and sounds into their already quirky music. There are synthesizers washing in the background along with anime voices to capture the imagination and paint the story of Yoshimi. There are certain themes developed such as life,love,death and positivity throughout - particularly in the beautifully poignant Do You Realise. Overall the album ranks alongside any modern attempt at a concept album without being over-worked and laborious. If you like this lo-fi chilled yet uplifting tunes with a pop element then this is the album for you. Smoke a peace-pipe and enjoy ;)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have. 22 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the tradition of popular music, concept albums are generally poor and unsatisfying. Dire, even, with the exception of that rare few - Van Morrisons seminal 'Astral Weeks', David Bowies loosely connected glam rock fest 'Ziggy star dust' and Mike Skinner's 'A grand don't come for free' are a few gems in a mine of mud and rubbish. It was with a certain degree of trepidation then that I approached a concept album about a girl battling an army of pink robots from a band who I'd never heard a lot about before, and despite critical acclaim, upon first listen I was dissappointed.
The second listen was the same. And the third. But gradually the psychedelic, digital, orchestral indie-rock on display began to seep into my psyche and dig away at me, until the album had me hooked and stayed on constant rotation in my cd player for a number of weeks. Now I know that psychedelic, digital and orchestral indie-rock all sound contradictory, and they are. But 'Yoshimi battles...' blends the various styles and influences seamlessly into what initially may appear random and scattered arrangement, but will progressively unravel until it all makes perfect sense, much in the fashion of Captain Beefheart's classic 'Trout mask replica'.
The album opens to a harsh electronic voice reverberating before breaking into a summery introspective tune which initially sounds reminiscent of 'Father and son' before finding it's own shape. One more robot / sympathy 3000-21 is blessed with Coyne's soft centred vocals which bring a ludicrous concept to have some emotional effect as he sings 'one more robot wants to be something more than a machine' to a pacy drum snare and electronic sounds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lips on top form
Any album that contains Do you Realize? can't go wrong. Add to this tracks like Fight Test and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and you have got a wonderful and sometimes weird... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Football XI
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
don't ask me but the son reckons it so nuff said about the cd it arrived within time slot and in good condition thank you
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, class, timeless and just great music
Brilliant album from start to finish with the title tracks Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 and Part 2 being the stand out tracks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Barge
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love my vinyls! I always have since I was a kid, and I love this album! It's cracking. I can't really add much more then that.
Published 5 months ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars The test begins NOW!
If you only own one Flaming Lips album, there's a fair chance that it's Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming lips on vinyl
Fantastic purchase of flaming lips vinyl with the unexpected bonus of the vinyl arriiving and being pressed on RED vinyl great value for money .
Published 13 months ago by peter warrier
5.0 out of 5 stars see through red vinyl, fantastic
The red vinyl is great, look through and have a psychedelic face!

Top sound quality too.

My favourite lips album
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by hector
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CONCEPT ALBUM
I think its a concept album, it sure sounds like one. Well side one seem to stick to a concept.
This is one weird album which what makes it great I have herd this album being... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Putting On An Old Pair Of Socks
I purchased 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' way back in 2002. I remeber rushing to my local (independent) record store on the morning of release (back in 2002 I had very little... Read more
Published on 19 July 2010 by Mr. H Chinaski
5.0 out of 5 stars different
great album with a very different sound.Quite physcadelic.
not sure there are any other bands that can compare to the individual sounds from The Flaming Lips
Published on 31 May 2010 by D. P. Farren
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