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Lips' CD is loud, with splatters and smudges

June 27, 2006|by FEDORA COPLEY

The cover of The Flaming Lips' recently released CD, "At War with the Mystics," is loud, with paint splatters and smudges. The typeface is Sixties-esque, bright yellow, curvy and bold. Pretty much all those adjectives could be used to describe their music.

The first song on the album, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" starts off with buzzy a cappella voices. This is interupted by rock, not hard, but very much a contrast to the voices. The lyrics are simple - a couple of lines with a message, repeated - but what's really engaging is the music. It's experimental noise, but not without a focal point. There's just enough rhythm and beat to keep it controlled, but also room to run around and go wild. It's a great combination.

With heavy digitalized sound, the music takes on a trippy "feel the fairy vibes" sort of feeling. However the vibes get mellower as the album goes on, creating a more classic rock sound with orchestration and calmer lyrics.

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Not as interesting, if you ask me.

The first couple songs on the album beg to be listened to, until the very end of the song. With the later songs I find myself skipping to the next. The CD starts off with a bang, but fizzles away into monotony.

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