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The Flaming Lips Post- Rock Masterpiece,
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This review is from: Embryonic [Standard] (Audio CD)First things first, Embryonic is an album that will make little sense on first hearing. With its loose song structures, and all round ambience, this is an album that could divide the Flaming Lips fanbase. However after half a dozen listens Embryonic, for me at any rate, has evolved into an expansive post rock soundscape that appears to have taken some of its cues from Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and even The Orb. Each song on Embryonic has a space that can really engulf the listener whilst ultimately justifying the faith the bands fans have in them.
Convinced of the Hex is a strong opener that sets the tone for Embryonic without alienating the listener. As an opening track it's no Race For the Prize,or Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, but it is a very effective primer for the rest of the album. The bands usual themes about nature, animals, and general good vibes all take their welcome place within Embryonic's musical canvas ensuring that the album is unmistakably the work of The Flaming Lips. But be warned little of this will be too apparant on a first listening [ particularly if you put the album on a shuffle mode]. Embryonic is really the kind of record that needs a listen from start to finish because there appears to be a genuine intent to its track sequencing.
Other highlights are the sweet, I Can Be a Frog [ with Karen O, obviously enjoying her new role as the bands official animal noise provider!],and the powerful album closer Watching the Planets.
The Flaming Lips rarely make compromises in their art and Embryonic is further evidence that the band will do what they want, when they want, and their record company will just have to deal with the bands whims. Their audience on the other hand can just sit back, and enjoy the ride.
How many other bands can command that level of love and devotion?