Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Experimental Rock
    Number of Discs
    1
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    At War with the Mystics
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    093624996620
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Warner Brothers
    Distributor
    WEA (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    093624996620
    Previews

    Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Winners like the leftist call-to-arms 'The W.A.N.D.' and 'Free Radicals' brim with darting effects and Wayne Coyne's brightly warbled melodies..."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.59) - "Much of the CD is both beautiful and heartfelt..." -- Grade: B
    Q (p.123) - Ranked #34 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[I]t was a welcome reminder that there's still no one around quite like them."
    Uncut (p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]nother extraordinary collection....[It] veers from shattering FX to celestial sonics just as the lyrics jerk between metaphysical despair and juvenile glee."
    Vibe (p.151) - "[T]he sonic details like psychedelic guitar solos abound."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Many will find the clattering, demo-freshness of MYSTICS bracing....It's a peerless smorgasbord of brain-bending sonic delicacies, food for thought and spiritual succour."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song... (with all your power)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Free Radicals (A Hallucination Of The Christmas Skeleton Pleading With A Suicide Bomber)
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] The Sound Of Failure/It's Dark...Is It Always This Dark??
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life As Blazing Sheild Of Defiance And Optimism As Celestial Spear Of Action)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Vein Of Stars
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] The Wizard Turns On...The Giant Silver Flashlight And Puts On His Werewolf Moccasins
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] It Overtakes Me/The Stars Are So Big...I Am So Small...Do I Stand A Chance?
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mr. Ambulance Driver
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Haven't Got A Clue
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] The W.A.N.D.
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Goin' On
    Country
    South Africa
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    10 April 2006
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, The
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Free Radicals
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] The Sound Of Failure / It's Dark...Is It Always This Dark?
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Vein of Stars
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Wizard Turns Me On, The
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big...I Am So Small...D o I Stand A Chance?
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mr. Ambulance Driver
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Haven't Got a Clue
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Wand, The
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Goin' On
    Notes

    The Flaming Lips: Michael Ivins (vocals, guitars, bass guitar); Steven Drozd (vocals, guitars, drums); Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitars).
    After becoming the darlings of alt-rock with their two consecutive neo-psychedelic epics, THE SOFT BULLETIN and YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS, the Flaming Lips reign in their sound without diminishing their ambitions on AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS. They haven't thrown out their LSD-soaked playbook entirely--there are still some nods to MEDDLE-era Pink Floyd here and there--but on the whole the Lips have tightened up their sound and given it a groove injection. Much of the album revolves around simple, funky rhythm patterns, terse guitar lines, and R&B-tinged keyboards, putting the vibe closer to Prince-via-Beck or LCD Soundsystem than to Lips cohorts like Mercury Rev.
    The band has been quoted as saying that listening to Black Sabbath and getting into generating power as a small unit influenced them to scale down their sound for MYSTICS. True enough, there are some heavy guitar lines and a couple of moments of rocking out, but we're not talking Queens of the Stone Age here. Overall, MYSTICS balances the Lips' airy stoner psych-pop with funkier feelings, keeping things fresh without completely changing course.

    Date Released
    2006-03-01
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    The Flaming Lips
    Producer
    Dave Fridmann; The Flaming Lips; Scott Booker
    Artists
    1. Flaming Lips
    Duration
    54m 55s

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