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- The Terror by The Flaming Lips
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Thirteenth studio album from the mighty Flaming Lips and we’re subjected to a much more darker theme than other recent efforts like ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ and ‘At War With The Mystics’. Here Wayne Coyne speaks of a life without love and the “terror” of existing without having the experience of love in your life! Usual heavy stuff from Mr Coyne and musically it’s pretty dark too. ‘Look, The Sun Is Rising’ is a churning dirge of drums and analogue synth noises, ‘Try To Explain’ is a typical Lips space-age cathedral song and with long-time production legend Dave Fridmann at the helm ‘The Terror’ is an album of pure professionalism. Tracks like ‘You Lust’ and ‘You Are Alone’ are very synth heavy and there seems to be a real lack of guitar work on much of the album, this leans it to an almost krautrock sound much like their previous album ‘Embryonic’.
‘Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die’ is a bass heavy slice of spacerock and ‘Always There In Our Hearts’ is probably the only singalong tune on the album but has a real Faust-like dirtyness to it as it builds into a noisy crescendo. At first it seems like quite a difficult album to listen to but it still has all the reasons to delve deeper into its dark cavernous qualities.
No Flaming Lips album would be complete without the random extra something and this time it comes in the form of a 3” CD with two extra tracks. ‘Sun Blows Up Today’ is a surprisingly upbeat tune that would be so out of place on the album it would stick out like a sore thumb. To finish with there is a cover of The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ which considering the theme of the album seems like a little tongue in cheek but is a great version done it typical Lips style!
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