The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
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The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends includes vocal and musical assistance from such disparate playmates as Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Ke$ha and many more. Some of these tracks have already appeared on previously released, extremely limited edition color vinyl 12" EPs released in past months which sold out as soon as they became available. And all tracks were released together as a special limited edition Record Store Day 2012 vinyl 12" that was one of the most in demand items of the day.
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The album begins with the Ke$ha and Biz Markie collaboration "2012 [You Must Be Upgraded]". It's fast, loud, electronic, and immediate. Rather than spacing out on the first song (that comes with the next track), "2012" is mostly pretty grounded. This song raises two questions for me: why is Biz Markie here? He only has one half of a line. Additionally, why use Ke$ha, if you're not going to have her be the stubborn, hamfisted, party-rocker personality that we know her as? Ke$ha is oddly reigned in here on this recording. Gripes aside, it works. "That Ain't My Trip," a reeling, sloppy rocker featuring Jim James from My Morning Jacket feels like it has potential, but falls a bit short by the end; Nick Cave's "You Man? Human???" follows the same vein. "Is David Bowie Dying?Read more ›
Stand out tracks here: First Time I ever saw your face, that ain't my trip, helping the retarded know god, Supermoon made me pee, Ashes in the air.
Essentially this isn't really an album proper it's really a compilation of all the collaborative EP's they made last year, their new proper album is due out very soon called The Terror.
I will deduct a star for not including the Chris martin track on the CD version even thought it's mentioned in the booklet - that was just lazy.
I personally love this album. However, if you aren't already that familiar with The Flaming Lips, you may find it hard to enjoy. I would definitely recommend listening to their albums The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and Embryonic before giving this a listen.
Interestingly, I was expecting a Frank Sinatra type duet record, but what you are presented with is a much more cohesive, flowing piece of music.
Admittedly this album is closer to Embryonic, than Yoshimi or the Soft Bulletin, so if you're a fan of those latter records, you might want to save your pennies.
Another fascinating listen by Master Coyne (even the Yoko Ono collaboration sounds ok), but I do think the time is right for a more commercial record, for the sake of diversity of course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album with guests whose vocals compliment and don't clash with the Lips artistic vision and spacey soundscapePublished 9 months ago by Douglas Coronel
Reading the reviews people have said this does not sound like the Flaming Lips or that is way off the mark. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Ron Saja
Wanted to even out the ratings on this record because 1 star is inaccurate. It is great that this actually exists and I hope the Lips continue to collaborate with other... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Patrick Wieland
I love the Lips but this one is a little too raucous for me to actually want to listen to much.Published on November 29, 2013 by Richard Boardman
I really liked the idea of this album. And the Flaming Lips make some smart collaboration choices, like in Embryonic with Karen O and MGMT and the Dark Side of the Moon cover but... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by June
asdfjoawignsd'onabdfs'akb'sdk;alsfewqioOh crap! I didn't realize that I fell asleep on my key board listening to this album. There didn't seem to be any Flaming Lips on it. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Merle Rickard
I honestly didn't get through more than a few seconds. I started playing it and felt like I had a pretty good idea where everything was going. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Stefan Schreffler