Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was the album in which the hitherto psychedelic the Flaming Lips finally crossed over to the mainstream after nine previous albums of slowly decreasing weirdness. It showcased a more electronic and computer generated sound for the band and was a joyous, excitable mess of colour exemplified by its singalong anthem the evergreen Do You Realize?
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8/10 Tom 19th December 2018
The Flaming Lips had a pretty rough challenge in front of them trying to follow up The Soft Bulletin, an album whose success came as a surprise to everyone, the band included. With Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, the Lips not only released an album that could step out of The Soft Bulletin's shadow but ensured that they became THE beloved weirdo pop geniuses of the 2000s. If The Soft Bulletin is the more artistically rich album, Yoshimi might actually have the bigger, poppier songs with the likes of the title track, 'Do You Realise', and 'Fight Song'. Sonically interesting and melodically intoxicating, Yoshimi may be one of the Flaming Lips' best records.
9/10 Penrith Steve 30th October 2014
Only the Flaming Lips could get away with writing one of the most beautiful songs ever in "Do You Realize?" and include the line "Do You Realise, that everyone you know someday will die?" The follow up to the mighty "Soft Bulletin" album is the cosmic, twisted and amazing "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots". The title track is presented as two parts. Part one: a lovely song, part two: screams, sudden stuttering rhythms that pierce what is otherwise a work of ambient, melodic beauty. A great, great album.