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This disturbing quote from the band tells you all you need to know about The Flaming Lips newest release. Shut out all notions of expectation and immerse yourself in The Terror, and what you will be left with is a completely engrossing album that is one of the best releases of 2013 (so far, a very strong year for music) and also is among the best work that this prolific band has put out in 30 years of their existence.
One thing that will surely be a common theme among reviews for this album is its dark subject matter free of any sense of the joy that has been commonplace on past Flaming Lips material. There are long periods of minimalism mixed with periods so densely layered it feels like my brain is melting trying to process it all. A world has been created on record, and it is a world you wouldn't want to live in (we unfortunately do, and although some people find ways to escape from it, the perspective here is of a person who has not found a way out). I can't help but have the oft repeated question "You want violence?" from the penultimate track playing in my head over and over for hours after I have finished my listening session. Or alternatively, the back and forth schizophrenic contemplation of "I'm not alone.....You are alone." Many of the lyrics are unintelligible, but there seem to be common themes present throughout.Read more ›
So, naturally, I thought to myself, how do you follow up such a chaotic album? Well, with more chaos, of course. The Terror has to be the bleakest, darkest album in the band's catalog. There is no sunshine and rainbows on this release. Musings on death, the endless cycle of nature, violence, and fear are all over this record. There are barely any guitars, in it's wake are loud keyboards and harsh space noises. And I love it.
Granted, there are a FEW rockers. Just a few. Look The Sun Is Rising is the closest thing to a rock song, but it sounds more like 1969-era Can playing in 2013. And the album closer Always There In Our Hearts is a cathartic heart-attack-inducing race to the finish, with loud drums and insane dissonant guitars.
That being said, the rest of the album is glacial and cold. Be Free A Way reminds me of One More Robot, only a lot sadder in atmosphere. Try To Explain is a beautiful break up song with heavenly vocal harmonies, and The Terror is just....well, terrifying. That loud bass/keyboard ending engulfs everything in a schizophrenic haze.Read more ›
Then came Embryonic. A step away from the more traditional album as Embryonic plays like one long song. High on ambiance, low on content and not a song that sticks out.
I'm not sure why a band covers an album.
Heady Fwends? WTF?
I looked forward to The Terror. I had read that Wayne was feeling down and by the look of the cover I was hoping the boys were getting back to their roots. I thought what better reason to get out some guitars, write some killer riffs and wax poetic? Instead it's just noises. Playing single notes on a midi keyboard over a garageband ambiance beat and laying down a few unintelligible lyrics does not make for music in my book. Drozd tweeted that this was the easiest LP to make, no $h#t it was easy! I thought a copy without the drum tracks was released by accident.
I guess this is where they are right now. Unfortunately I am not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been a Lips fan for years, I have most of their albums from way back and I've seen their live show a couple of times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wade Mathis
Wear headphones. Sink into your soul. Beautiful sound when played at the right time. A classic for the ages!Published 3 months ago by JHS
The Lips go down a long bleak but cinemascopic road and create a dark but brutal masterpiece. This is intense electronic music that is light years away from the sunny pop of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve Z
Have had this in the player off & on for a year now.... Still amazingly beautiful, a masterpiece but also completely and totally dark.Published 8 months ago by melissa
The most important thing about this album is the music, due to the fact that the lyrics are sparse and repetitious, and the music is wonderful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ross Phojy Mochachel
Amazing album. The extra track on the vinyl is worth buying the vinyl for IMHO.Published 12 months ago by Samson S Bird
Bought for ym sister! Was nice to have the digital download come as we waited on the cd. She was stoked! ThanksPublished 14 months ago by yogitranscend
buy it buy it now. YOU FOOL I SAID BUY IT, BUY IT NOW!!!!!!. YOU'RE STILL READING.Published 17 months ago by Charles W. Dodson
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|Don't forget the tune Mr Coyne.||
lol, you are going to be so disappointed
-somebody currently listening to the album
Apr 1, 2013 by Charlie | See all 4 posts
|Misprint on the CD, booklet, and back cover on the US release||
I've noticed this as well. The title for "Always There, In Our Hearts" is shown on some lists as "Always There...In Our Hearts". I guess the titles didn't get a thorough review for this record. Like you said, it's a fantastic record. :)
Dec 10, 2013 by Lunar Boulevard | See all 2 posts