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The Terror was produced by the band s long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and The Flaming Lips at Tarbox Road Studios. It is comprised of nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works, along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect but then again, maybe not. It s up to you, the listener, to decide what it means to you.

1. Look...The Sun Is Rising
2. Be Free, A Way
3. Try To Explain
4. You Lust
5. The Terror
6. You Are Alone
7. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
8. Turning Violent
9. Always There...In Our Hearts

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00B7LYJYE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A. Clary on April 16, 2013
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"The Terror is this internal feeling you get that you and everyone you love is going to die. Everything in your life might be good, but there's still this notion that everything is not going to be okay, that there's more pain and suffering to come down the road."

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.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Zumpano on May 5, 2013
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I find it humorous to contrast the intelligent, thoughtfully written reviews (overwhelmingly positive) with the negative reviews, which can be summed up as saying the album "sucks." I am so tired of "fans" that think groups should simply repeat their past successes, rather than grow and delve into new horizons. The same thing happened with the release of "The Soft Bulletin" when some yearned for more "She Don't Use Jelly." Great bands grow and mature. A fine example is the Beatles' "Seargent Pepper." I'm old enough (61) to remember the excitement of listening to the album while hearing people complain that it wasn't the Beatles they knew. I'm a huge fan of GREAT MUSIC! The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, Animal Collective, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, White Stripes, Coldplay, Beck, etc. The Flaming Lips have been added to the groups for which I own EVERYTHING that they've ever recorded. "The Terror" is a great album. Find a quiet place, put on your headphones and listen to it as a whole. If you're lucky enough to have the deluxe version, start with track 10 (the seamless full album) to listen to it as intended, followed by the last 2 bonus tracks that fit in perfectly. To Wayne and company: Thank you!!! Keep growing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parkansky on August 21, 2013
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I've always admired a band like The Flaming Lips. 30 years down the line, and they manage to be as unpredictable, psychedelic, and weird as ever. With the psych-pop releases of 2002's Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and 2006's At War With The Mystics, I was afraid that the Lips would finally settle with mainstream pop albums and finally eschew all of the psychedelic craziness that followed from the 80's to the mid 90's. Then Embryonic came. A difficult, harsh, unsettling nightmare of an album, it spat at all of the fans hoping to hear another 'Do You Realize.' Noisy guitar solos, droning jams, and otherworldly vocals from Wayne Coyne, it returned the band to the freaky status of old.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Merle Rickard on August 14, 2013
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Having been a fan of the Flaming Lips since their earliest works, I have usually enjoyed watching and listening to their evolution as a music act. The hallmark of an interesting band, for me, is that they are willing to fly in the face of popular reaction to their previous safe formula and strike out on a new direction that stimulates their creativity. If the listener is willing to accept this, then they are often blessed with seeing the emergence of new sounds and musical ideas that they might otherwise have rejected had they refused to allow their favorite band to work out new musical ideas. Certainly, musical experimentation doesn't allows work, but as a listener I hope that I can give any band I respect the right to follow their own muse, rather than one I might chose for them.

With that being said, after about 20 full listens of THE TERROR, it has become increasing difficult for me to figure out what I am missing concerning the Flaming Lips and their music. Embryonic was a bit of a struggle for me - too jam band-esque for my liking, but I muddled through and came to like that work. Then there was the needless cover of Dark Side of the Moon, which still makes me scratch my head as to why they even bothered screwing with an already near-perfect album, especailly as nothing the Flaming Lips did in their version made it newer or fresher or more interesting. And don't get me started on the Kesha crap.

Now, they seem to have evolved into less a band and more a Casiotone ensemble that relishes producing endless songs of ambient synth-farting, trite psychedelic drug references, and pseudo-philosophical musings about life, sex, and death. Surely, they can be sad and make music that reflects that.
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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
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