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This review is from: The Terror (Audio CD)
Like the last reviewer I am a bit surprised at some of the reactions to this album. It's a bit like someone complaining that Dylan's gone electric in 2013. The Flaming Lips' last two albums, Embryonic and Heady Fwiends were ambitious and sometimes challenging. In fact the latter of the two is still some way off making it's way into my regular listening pile.. This on the other hand had an instant appeal for me which took me quite by surprise. I put it on expecting and album which would be a challenge (albeit a pleasant one) and what I got was some of the most beautiful music I have heard for a long time. Yes, it's a bit dark but Berlin is my favourite Lou Reed album so that is no problem for me :)
"Be Free, A Way" and "Try To Explain" are simply stunning. Melodic, lyrically interesting as ever and enshrouded in arrangements which throw up something new each time I listen. Definite additions to my list of top Lips tracks. The rest of the album is still sinking in in a very enjoyable way.
Another fantastic addition to the Lips catalogue. Lyrically darker than anything they have done but to my mind musically much gentler and melodic than anything they have done for quite a while too.