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Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots LP 2002

What is it?
Oklahoma's finest present their unique and critically acclaimed brand of psychedelic independent rock, with 2002's spaced up 'Yoshimi battles the Pink Robots.'

Why should you listen?
You may have wondered what all the fuss is about with the Flaming Lips, just as I did when I selected 'Yoshimi' as my entry level introduction to the group. It's a lush, complex, dreamy sound with intergalactic imagery interwoven throughout the lyrics to give the whole experience the feel of a concept album. It's fun at times and all of the tracks are reasonably enjoyable in a curate's egg kind of way. The best bit is the plinky plonky bit in 'Are you a Hypnotist?' and this makes and makes odd little appearances throughout the album.

What's it like?
I couldn't help thinking that despite all the critical slobbering, I would much rather be listening to Grandaddy. Although not directly comparable, I just think Jason Lytle's band do the whole 'space rock' thing so much better. Check out 'The Sophtware Lump' if you need convincing.

What's the best song?
The title track 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' makes you smile and is suitably mellow, quirky and sci-fi themed.

Who does it sound like?
Grandaddy on a bad day. Hints of Eels and Shins but sorry, The Flaming Lips are not fit to lace their boots.

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