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Some of this energy seems to come from the guitarist Ronald, who uses his guitar in a truely unique and original way; as an intrument of many sounds rather than a chord producing stringy-box. This album is consistently brilliant. There aren't any bad songs on it, just better ones. Eeeeee.
It's often said, usually falsely, but "Clouds..." really is a record that sounds like no other. Dripping with heart-ache, paranoia, playful self-mocking humour and a large dose of plain weirdness, from start to finish "Clouds..." is one of the few classic albums of the 90's.
While "The Soft Bulletin" had a host of great moments it also lacks the complete soul of this record. "The Soft Bulletin" is a little more refined than "Clouds...", lacking as it does the skuzzy guitar and spine-tingling wild harmonies, but somehow it has less energy. From the gentle accoustic openings of "Braiville" to the amusing cataclysmic thrash of "Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World", through the album's highpoint, "They Punctured My Yolk" (which comes across as the Beach Boys playing Spiritualized playing Suicide) up to the oddly comforting "Bad Days", the Lips' have created a record that comfortably sits alongside Suede's "Dog Man Star", REM's "Automatic For The People", the Manic's "Holy Bible", any Tindersticks or Low record and Kristin Hersh's "Hips And Makers" as a truly great record of the Second Movement of 20th Century Rock.
If you enjoy "The Soft Bulletin" then you're safe adding this to your CD collection. Ignore the one-star review above. This is as good as it gets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is The Flaming Lips LP I have the strongest sentimental attachment to. Once Ronald Jones' stellar guitar part kicks in during the opening track, I feel like i'm home. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tim
I remember when this came out and was stunned. I do go to gigs and listen to music, and this is so much better that the recent softer stuff, but I guess it takes going commercial... Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2012 by Rupe from London
Their early work was but a shadow of what was to come. `Clouds Taste Metallic' is the definitive Flaming Lips experience! Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2012 by EvansJJ
By this stage in their career, The Lips had progressed from the lo-fi psychedelic slacker rock of early albums like Oh My Gawd! Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2008 by Jonathan James Romley
...and those tracks are The Abandoned Hospital Ship, Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles and the brilliant Kim's Watermelon Gun which is one of my all time favourite... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2008 by mookster
The Flaming Lips are band that are always embracing the weird and wonderful side of life and have a great time doing so as well as constantly evolving their off kilter space age... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2006 by Whipelsmacker
Whilst thinking about the endless drivel that seems to be forever in the charts, I searched for an escape and this album is it. Read morePublished on 27 May 2004
Coming close to ten years old and it still hasn't lost any of it's appeal. So original and so complete. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2003