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Mr Coyne have you been watching the news?,
This review is from: At War With the Mystics (Audio CD)
Yoshimi was a watermark in the 'Lips' career in my humble lickle opinion. A commercial release that was bold and vivid and painted a landscape full of acid influenced imagery. (However, Sea Change by Beck which was released in the same year was also achingly beautiful and colourful in a Gram Parson's sort of way)
This album was either going to be a step forward into the twlight of commercial mediocrity or a bitter retort of a whore's game known as commercial recognition. Mystics is another different beast. It's shiney, new and sometimes veers back to 'The Soft Bulliten' in some songs and ideas but still raises it's head and shields it's eyes from the glare of the future. The opening song 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah song' is a strong if somewhat strange opener but that's the Lip's for you. A raucous, acrid sounding rabble rouser to set the mood of the album which has some political undertones and far more darker meanings that Yoshimi. The second song is clearly political (more Bush trimming) but it's so charming in a distored high pitched way and so cute in it's subject matter but steers away from the tirade of abuse a la Dixie Chicks and 'punk' outfit Green Day. The album goes all over the place which to the uninitated can be off putting but the songs are a mixture of electronic self gratification and beautiful audios that paint a picture of a supernova exploding in your mind. WAND is a strong single but it's still to different to be 'mainstream' but still good enough to be in a car commercial.
Am I bitter that the Lips are finnaly getting the success that they deserve. Maybe? but we can't live in the past and we have to move forward and once again the Lips have produced another new album and not regurgetated Yoshimi for a quick buck like most bands do. Not naming any names OASIS but you have to change in order to survive in this industry and the Lips like any animal has evolved.