So, yesterday we left off with 2006's "At War With the Mystics".... I guess the next time these lads were heard from were a pair of 2009 releases... first up we have "Embryonic".... a double album set, it would be a good look at the Lips' future, collaborating with other artists.....again, also, this album totally changes direction, also, abandoning the goofy greatness of the earlier efforts for a "gloomier" affair...honest to God, you can't say these boys wouldn't take chances, regardless of the outcome. Karen O, one of my main objects of slobber, helps out here, as does the band MGMT. Another original effort, from one of the most daring and original bands of our time.
2009 also saw the release of their next major project, a complete cover of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon".....I have to say, I do love this album, this (covering an entire album) has been done before (off the top of my head is Pussy Galore's "Exile on Main Street" (see Pussy Galore post)), but this one works almost to perfection, NOT a slavish carbon copy, and not an insult to the original. Both Henry Rollins and Peaches assist here, and to good ending....who could be more PERFECT than Peaches to cover"That Great Gig In the Sky"? I thought it was one of the top albums of 2009, not sure the music buying public agreed......
Their most recent "official" release would be 2013's "The Terror", honestly, probably my least favorite of their releases, somewhat similar to "Embryonic" in my opinion, but far from worthless. If you are a fan of Flaming Lips, you'll want to hear this, as likely it is simply another step in their journey. God only knows what they might try next, experiments such as "Zaireeka" and "Dark Side of the Moon" are the kind of things that no other band would even dream of attempting, so, we shall see what the future holds.
Tomorrow: Some EP's and other stuff, emptying the Flaming Lips vault. A great, original and underappreciated band who can never be accused of playing it safe or being boring.
EMBRYONIC DISC 1-01 Convinced of the Hex/02 The Sparrow Looks Up at the Machine/03 Evil/04 Aquarius Sabotage/05 See the Leaves/06 If/07 Gemini Syringes/08 Your Bats/09 Powerless
EMBRYONIC DISC 2-01 The Ego's Last Stand/02 I Can Be a Frog/03 Sagittarius Silver Mountain/04 Worm Mountain/05 Scorpio Sword/06 The Impulse/07 Silver Trembling Hands/08 Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast/09 Watching the Planets
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON-01 Speak to Me/Breathe/02 On the Run/03 Time/Breathe (Reprise)/04 The Great Gig In Sky/05 Money/06 Us and Them/07 Any Colour You Like/08 Brain Damage/09 Eclipse
THE TERROR-01 Look, the Sun is Rising/02 Be Free, a Way/03 Try to Explain/04 You Lust (with Phantogram)/05 The Terror/06 You Are Alone/07 Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die/08 Turning Violent/09 Always There....In Our Hearts