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This review is from: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
There is little to be said about the original album which has not been said already. Understandably all concerned have striven to make the most of the Flaming Lips' present profile. The label, Warners, issued a lower price version last year with a slip case with all the critical plaudits from the end of 2002 polls. The continued release of singles and mini albums of various quality (some first rate, some merely good) eventually felt rather flogging a dead horse. And, after a three month unexplained delay, here comes what one hopes will be the final episode of the band's most artistically and commercially successful stage.
The fear is that this would be the straw which broke the camel's back. Luckily, even for someone without the full benefits of 5.1 surround sound and with no hearing in one ear which, despite what Brian Wilson might say, rather diminshes the sonic effect, the improved sound quality is obvious. Songs are all instantly recognisable but different textures, patterns and effects appear. Even the menu music which appears to be a variation on "Approaching Pavonis" is startlingly beautiful.
In some ways, the songs which benefit the most are the less insistent tracks such as "One More Robot" and "Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell" rather than the anthemic "Do You Realize?" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1."
Not all the audio extras will be new to those who have the singles but best is probably "Up Above the Morning Hum" which Coyne describes as Steven Droyd's greatest song which is emphatically not a left handed compliment.
The videos are generally funny and encapsulate what makes the Lips so special: that combination of humour and sincerity, accomplishment and abandon. My favourite is "Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots" where Wayne Coyne gives his all for the alternatively monikered hymn to the karate kid.
Whether all albums in the future will simultaneously be released in5.1 and normal versions remains to be seen. For the time being, the Flaming Lips, as is so often the case, are in a field of their own.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2012, 09:34:32 GMT
William A. Morriss says:
Did the DVD play in region 2 or was it region 1?
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