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on 25 September 2000
The Lips signed to a major, got access to the kind of budget and facilities they'd never expected, and produced a fantastically over-ambitious psychedelic masterpiece. The opening track (Talkin' bout the..)sets the tone: it's weird and witty and beautiful. We've all heard albums with great opening tracks which thereafter went downhill fast, but "Hit..." just gets better. Other highlights, like "Halloween on the Barbary Coast" and "Frogs" push divergent envelopes in dazzling directions. If you came to the Lips via "The Soft Bulletin", please, please check out their back catalogue; they have been brilliant for at least a decade and a half, and "Hit..." is a great place to start.
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on 24 June 2000
I'd heard "The Soft Bulletin" and was very impressed, it was a unique sound to say the least. When I saw this album, despite having never heard a track from it, I decided to purchase it and see whether The Flaming Lips earlier material was just as good. Although it is a slightly different sound to that of "The Soft Bulletin", this album does not disappoint. The songs are a stroke of genius, and as ever with The Flaming Lips, the titles themselves are clever. When was the last time you heard a song called something as obscure as "Talkin' 'bout the smiling deathporn immortality blues (everyone wants to live forever)"? Possibly the only let down is the (un)hidden track, which consists of 28 minutes of distortion which jumps from one speaker to the other. Believe me, listening to it is a good way to give yourself a headache. Appart from that, the album is excellent, and a worthy addition to any record collection. Buy it. Buy it now.
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on 22 February 2005
A band who love to experiement with all sorts of sounds, and being on a major allowed them to advance further than any of the "Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid" recordings. This album makes my eyes roll back in my head and slaps a big smile on my face. The lyrics are all brilliant, and everytime you listen to it you hear new sound you never noticed before. It is messier than their later recordings, but that chaotic aspect is something i love. Great stuff.
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on 6 December 2008
This is argubly the best Lips album. Typical heart felt lyrics with music used as expression. Its hard to compare or explain their sound. This album or indeed any early Lips album is for the grungy, alternative music lover. A mix of distorted guitar work on rougher and ready tracks with some sublime, delicate, melodic tunes that are easy to relate to in a mellon collie state. I love this album and always will.
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on 11 July 2003
This is a tremendoues album indeed. It may have a toilet on the front cover but the music is anything but crap. Being A Soft Bulletin era fan and having got into the band through seeing them support Mercury Rev twice in 99, the thought of a lips/rev collaboration was mouth watering. There are obvious traces of Rev here through Jonathan Donohue's screaming pyschedelic guitars. A must for any fan of early Rev. :/ Oh, the flaming lips are pretty good too! :/ The first couple of tracks kick off in a pretty rockin way, tracks 3 and 4 are not the best but from Gingerale Afternoon onwards this album really kicks off. The drumming patterns and the way these songs are driven are great to listen to if you like pyschedelic fuzz guitar rock. By the time The magician vs the headache launches into overdrive, you will have turned this CD up pretty loud (or you should do). Autopsy of the devils brain is a sad and lovely song, just get this album and play it loud. Then get Yerself Is Steam by Mercury Rev. Quite simply the lips are a unique, intruiging and fascinating band. See them live if you can, they put on a great show. This band is genius, they make all other bands eat figs. I have spoken.
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on 6 May 2015
The Lips' major label debut. Strings, film samples and other extravagances are now present but the music remains the same fuzzy brillance. Song for song it's certainly not as strong as A Priest Driven Ambulance but hey, what album is? The opener Talkin' Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everybody Wants To Live Forever) is a great pop song with existential lyrics, funny backing vocals and feedback. Lots of feedback. The rocking nonsense single Frogs is also a huge highlight. Play loud.
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on 15 October 2014
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