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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B008BR3QA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
After EPs, a vinyl-only release (including a collaboration with Chris Martin not here), an infamous-falling out with Erykah Badu over the video for "Everytime I see your face" and warm if not ecstatic reviews in the press here, at long last, comes the CD release of "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends". While it does not come close to the genius of "Zaireeka", "the Soft Bulletin" or "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" it betters "At War With the Mystics" and it likely to appeal to many people much more than "Embryonic" (which I thought excellent).

It is remarkably cohesive given the range of collaborators (from Ke$ha to Neon Indian) and the passage of time over which the various tracks were recorded even if some of the tracks are frankly not up to much: the interplay between Ke$ha'a robotic vocals, the electronic sounds effect and guitar stomp on opening "2012 (You must be upgraded)" is initially arresting but does not reward repeated listening and the Nick Cave collaboration "You man, human" is unlikely to rival say, "The Mercy Seat" in the public's affection for the Gothic One.

Elsewhere, however, there are more than enough moments to justify the admission price. "Supermoon made me want to pee" and "That Ain't My Trip" recall the Can-isms of "Embryonic." "I'm Working at Nasa" is a spaghetti western set in space while the spirit of David Bowie is also present in "Ashes in the Air", which contains that fragile yet symphonic elegiac quality in which the Flaming Lips are unsurpassed, and "Is David Bowie dying?" a close cousin to "Approaching Mons Pavonis" from "Yoshimi" featuring Wayne Coyne's vocals at their most cracked, desperate and, all things considered, life-affirming.
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You have to wonder. What exactly is going on in Flaming Lips world?

2011 saw a myraid of hard-to-get, hard-to-afford, and often hard-to-enjoy, fetished releases. A 24 hour song wrapped inside a $3,000 jellied lifesize skull. A Live album inside a $200 jellied skull. A 6 hour "EP" inside a stroboscopic device. The $150 Gummy Song Brain. The $30 USB Jelly Foetus. And, not forgetting, coloured vinyl collaboration 12" EP's with Yoko Ono, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, Neon Indian, and so on. And here is the latest one : a double, coloured splatter vinyl LP with no artwork, 9,500 released in US retail shops only on Record Store Day, and in a limited edition of 500 on their website (the latter of which sold out in less than an hour).

Has being a Flaming Lips fan ever been quite so difficult? At last this has been released on an accessable, non-limited format.

Then again, back in 1995, their CD singles came in fake honeycomb sleeves. The 2008 film "Christmas On Mars" came with a box of popcorn -which is still, no doubt inedibly, sealed in my record museum at the back of the house.

You might then be forgiven for thinking that,l since these records are so absurdly limited and expensive, that they may be justified with the excuse of "Any old rubbish" will do. Their studio output in 2011 totalled 33 hours and 9 separate fetish objects, as well as an insane amount of highly sugared sweets, that delivered music on every format apart from cassette.

You might also be forgiven that, given their dalliance with mainstream pop success was shattered irrevocably to pieces by 2009's weird, largely improvised, free-form jazz fest "Embryonic" - and 2010's bonkers recreation of "Dark Side Of The Moon" - that the Flaming Lips simply don't care about being accessable.
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First of all, this CD sounds like a proper Flaming lips album, not just Wayne Coyne fannying about for 60 minutes.
Interestingly, I was expecting a Frank Sinatra type duet record, but what you are presented with is a much more cohesive, flowing piece of music.
Admittedly this album is closer to Embryonic, than Yoshimi or the Soft Bulletin, so if you're a fan of those latter records, you might want to save your pennies.
Another fascinating listen by Master Coyne (even the Yoko Ono collaboration sounds ok), but I do think the time is right for a more commercial record, for the sake of diversity of course.
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Got a second hand copy of this as I've wanted it for a while but was not prepared to spend much on an album I knew I'd be a bit disappointed by. Some good moments on this - worth having. The Lips have frustrated me since Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi, and Mystics though. Their priority isn't melody!
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thankfully the limited edition record store day album gets a full release.
essential and predominantly weird music which is just what you would expect.
let's hope the edible gummy skulls and the baby usbs are now made available in hard plastic.
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