Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Fitbit
Customer Review

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flaming Lips travel to new weird outreaches of space, 22 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Embryonic [Standard] (Audio CD)
Fans more accustomed to the cleaner sweeping sounds of The Flaming Lips' three previous albums might find this album hard to digest. It's raw, sprawling and all over the place. But while Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi were excellent albums, their last effort At War with the Mystics, while being good, felt a bit stale and as if the band were retreading their steps. Embryonic represents a new direction for the Lips.

The balls-to-the-wall fantastic opener Convinced Of The Hex set the listener in the right mood, setting up a sonic landscape that is overall dirtier and more chaotic than The Flaming Lips have been in years. For fans of their earlier albums it is like their old style has been fused with their recent music.

It might be different, but this is still undeniably and recognisably The Flaming Lips, Wayne's voice hovering somewhere out in space, strange use of guitars and synthesisers. This is not just a rocked out fuzz-fest, though, but also contemplative and strangely moving, such as the song Evil. In many ways, it's the most personal The Flaming Lips ever got.

Although being a big fan, I was concerned about and somewhat uninterested in their new album, as I felt they were starting to become complacent and stale, but to my great surprise, they reinvented themselves, while still being true to their style and uniqueness. The album is not, as someone else argued, experimentation, but rather rethreading their various styles and branching out into areas they hadn't already explored.

The sound might be a bit obtrusive at times, but the songs do become stronger with repeated listening, and some particular tracks are quite addictive. The variation of tracks also makes the album stronger as a whole; some songs are short bursts of violent sound, some short non-vocal pieces and longer more epic songs.

Overall, I feel that Embryonic is truly a return to form for The Flaming Lips, they really haven't made this good music since 2002, but it was worth the wait. Perhaps not all fans will like it, but I think the album and band will be appreciated for not simply trying to constantly remake The Soft Bulletin, but venture out into new unknown funky corners of space.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 26 Oct 2009, 15:34:08 GMT
Neil says:
"The album is not, as someone else argued, experimentation, but rather rethreading their various styles and branching out into areas they hadn't already explored."

So... experimentation then.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›