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Change as good as a rest
, 21 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Embryonic [Standard] (Audio CD)
it won't appeal to the singalong lips fan of Yoshimi, but anyone who's kept abridge of the Lips over their 25 years will realise change was a necessity. As they found success with their last 3 albums, it would've been easy to continue in that vein in ever decreasing circles, however they made their name as a band of risks and adventure and they'd become a very safe mainstream act through the last 3-4 years - Things had to change and boy they have!
More in common with 'Clouds', 'Zaireeka' and 'OMG, it's the..' than the latest 3 albums, this albums takes in many different sounds.
It's true that there's not much radio friendly fodder on here, but if treated like an old time album (i.e. listened to in it's entirety rather than random one songs on an ipod) it's an extremely staisfying listen with some great sonic touches, moments of tenderness and some proper rocking out freakout jams.
I was afraid another pop/rock mishmash of an album like At war might've killed off my love of the Lips, but Embryonic has brought them back to my bosom. A great record that makes me optimistic for the Lips future.
Maybe not for the Karaoke brigade, but anyone who has loved music for music's sake in the past will learn to love this and IMO it'll stick around with people a lot longer than At War or Yoshimi.
BTW, if you really want a Lips type album like Soft Bulletin or Yoshimi, check out Wayne's Nephew's band Stardeath and Whitedwarfs - They are more Flipsy circa Soft Bulletin than the Flaming Lips are.
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