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The Terror

April 16, 2013

  Song Title
Look...The Sun Is Rising (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
Be Free, A Way (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
Try To Explain (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
You Lust (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version) [Explicit]
The Terror (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
You Are Alone (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
Turning Violent (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
Always There...In Our Hearts (Individual Shuffle-Ready Version)
The Terror (Full Album) [Explicit]

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2013
  • Release Date: April 12, 2013
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2013 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:41:34
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  • ASIN: B00C53PXWK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,278 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Terror April 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! May 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I never know what to expect with the Flaming Lips--but I'm always willing to take the ride. If you are reading this review, I assume you are too...but let me warn you, this ride is not for the faint of heart or the suicide prone. The Terror plunges the listener into a maelstrom of pulsing sounds, distant and insistent thrumming, humming, drumming--all alienating and somehow fearful. It seems as if you are setting out into a darkening sea, the cold wind picking up and the knowledge that a storm is just around the corner. I got a visceral reaction, the bottom of my stomach dropping out at times, especially in the extended soundscapes of "You Lust", where disembodied voices whisper over a droning bass...and I was listening in the middle of the day in a brightly lit office while I was typing. I had to stop typing for a while and just let the music surround me, fill me up, to surrender to its majesty and fear. This album is a slow motion, matter of fact presentation of an emotional nakedness, a rough look at a raw soul that is so much in pain that there is no simple way to express the feelings. Words and music combine in despair and loneliness, but also beauty. The wild thing is that there is very little in the lyrics that overtly reveals the pain that Wayne expresses so easily with every anguished note.

The Flaming Lips have produced a harrowing masterpiece here, an album that will haunt you, teach you, and terrify you. Remarkable, and a must listen.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the music? April 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't say I'm a life long Lips fan but I'm a huge fan. The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi and EP's, At War with the Mystics and EP's and Fearless Freaks were all works of art for me. Original sounds and a perfect harmony of programmed and played music with lyrics leaning towards existentialism or an eastern state of mind. Song's with there own rhythms, melodies and guitar riffs. I was convinced that the Coyne and Drozd combination had become the most evolved music making machine there was.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For What It Is
I applaud the band for trying new things after being around for 30 years, but I certainly hope The Terror is not the first in many other releases like it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Fuzmeister
4.0 out of 5 stars Lips get dark and we benefit
The Terror is probably the darkest Lips record and there are some fantastic gems to be found. "Look... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Patrick Wieland
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I bought this album because I really like earlier Flaming Lips albums. At War With the Mystics and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots are favorites of mine, so after reading other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Lampen
4.0 out of 5 stars A new foray that I like
I doubt that many people will agree with me, but this is the closest thing to a return to The Soft Bulletin that I have heard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
The album came to me in perfect condition and just in time for Christmas! Now my Flaming Lips album collection is caught up and complete! :)
Published 3 months ago by Erinn Brookshire
5.0 out of 5 stars An Accomplished Band Again Trending Upward.
What every Flaming Lips fan should know: 'Bulletin' and 'Yoshimi' are two masterpieces that are beyond reproach. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Real Name
2.0 out of 5 stars wayne :(
definitely the not the flaming lips best work. this album is super dark... so if thats what you are into, enjoy! Read more
Published 3 months ago by kaya
1.0 out of 5 stars Talk about disappointing
There's hardly even any actual music on this album.
The Flaming Lips appear to have reached the point where they think they can make any ridiculous noises they want and call... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gordon Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Daughter pre-ordered, and received the day it came out. She's a huge Flaming Lips fan, and this is one of her favorite CD's now.
Published 3 months ago by Matt
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the proper drugs to enjoy this album...
As much as I *love* the Flaming Lips, I dislike this album almost as much. I applaud them for changing things up, but since Embryonic, I've become less and less interested. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph I. Aucoin
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