Friday, September 25, 2009

Should I be At War With the Mystics?

Did I misunderstand something? I know it was dismissed as less than revolutionary, but I don't get why the world hates At War With The Mystics. I listened to it a lot. And I still like it a lot.

The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots were rightfully embraced for being perfect turned-on-its-head pop that challenged listeners into loving the Flaming Lips. The blogs love the new record, but will the average rock-and-pop set embrace it too considering they apparently didn't care much for Mystics?

What is clear is that Embryonic is a psychedelic freak-out of an album with a simmering WHOA-factor that grows with every listen. As a longtime Lips fan, I'll put that time into the album. How many pop-loving, "Do You Realize?" lip-syncing friends do you know who listened to Clouds Taste Metallic, know about the expansionist experiment of Zaireeka or have a clue that the band existed before "She Don't Use Jelly" or the 90210 appearance?

The Flaming Lips have always done whatever the artistic urge drives them to. They'll keep drawing the biggest festival crowds and getting lots of attention because they do things vastly different and far better than most bands. It's why they're nearing 50 and releasing albums that sounds like a great acid trip.

Here's the Lips on Colbert last week. Sounds like they're still at the top of their game...

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