This review is from: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Audio CD)
Yoshimi is a little more 'electro' than other Flaming Lips records, perhaps by design or perhaps in part down to the (at the time)drug problems of multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd (who, nevertheless completely goes out on one for this record). Either way, Drozd's Bonham-style drums make way for 808 sounding drum machines in this quasi operatic concept album. The Flaming Lips are something of an anomaly for modern musicians: they wholeheartedly throw themselves at technology then attampt to make the records feel like old MGM Wizard of Oz types of adventures. They deal with dark and serious issues (family deaths, suicide, existensialism) yet marry these themes to winningly optimistic melodies and musical cues.
Yoshimi is a rather sci-fi inflected album with keyboards and robot voices etc but nevertheless won Album of the Year in mags like (alterna-country Ryan Adams loving) Uncut and many others. It seems to have had a huge crossover appeal and that is completely understandable for two simple reasons: the songs are beautiful and the record is thrilling to listen to!
You know what, I don't think I need to say any more. Job done.