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Only 5 stars? Deserves more!!!,
This review is from: Clouds Taste Metallic (Audio CD)
I never gave the Lips more than a cursory glance. I was not impressed with "Jelly", and considered them to be goofballs, especially after they appeared on 90210.
Years later, a friend lent me "The Soft Bulletin." After the first listen, I thought they had possibilities, but their singer was a bit odd sounding, and their song titles and lyrics were too weird. After another listen I was hooked. I liked it so much and eager to recruit another fan, I loaned it to a friend, who kept it for a month.
During that time, I got a hold of "Clouds Taste Metallic." It has spent so much time in my CD player that it'll probably wear out soon.
From the opening words of "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" I knew I was in for a wild ride. Why doesn't anyone else make music like this? A carnival of sounds combine to make an aural feast that puts one's faith back in the human race. It makes one realize there are people dedicated to making great music and not just putting out radio-friendly pop-vomit-drivel for money.
The simple complexity of the music is astounding. There are no duds on this album, each track is a gem. Little things like the drum bell during the "chorus" on "Psychiatric Explorations...", the film projector in the background of the first track, and the multitude of "instruments" used to create such a sound are a joy. Each listen brings a new discovery.
The guitar work is fabulous. It is used as a true instrument, not just something to pound out chords and solos. The variety of guitar sounds is truly inspiring. The drums at times sound as if John Bonham has been resurrected. The bass is a thick foundation as well as an integral melodic machine. Combined with the myriad sounds of keyboards, handclaps, xylophone, angelic choirs, fuzz etc, it makes for a mix so heady, it leaves one gasping for a breath of sanity.
"Clouds Taste Metallic" can make you laugh, touch your soul and fill you with wonder. I don't think any other band can come close to what the Lips have achieved here. No one has the bravery or insanity to be this weird yet compelling and comforting at the same time.
This is not standard rock and roll. It rocks, but if you are looking for something like you've heard before, forget it. Flaming Lips are an acquired taste, and a heavily addictive one.