Friday, May 31, 2013

CD Review: The Flaming Lips Look To Control "The Terror"

American rock band The Flaming Lips are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band by releasing their 16th studio album entitled "The Terror." The album was released on April 1st and shows the band in full experimental mode. According to lead singer Wayne Conte the album is based on the fact that "even without love, life goes on."

The nine-song album starts off with repetitious keyboard sounds that get blasted by the bashing of drums on the opening song, "Look...The Sun Rising." The Lips calm down with the spacey "Be Free, a Way," before really expanding your mind on the 13-minute storied lyrics of "You Lust." The album's title song, "The Terror" sound like a jazz number from the future, while the deep bass and beat heavy "Butterfly, How Long Does It Take To Die" gives off a classic Pink Floyd vibe. The album closes with the dark tones of "Always There, In Our Hearts," as the vocals add an angelic quality to the song.

The Flaming Lips are playing a series of shows in the U.S. during the month of July before heading to Japan. For more information on the new album "The Terror" and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit flaminglips.com.

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