As a big flaming lips fan, i have been looking forward to this release for a long time. Now that its here, I am very happy to have a great new CD to listen to, but just slightly disappointed as well.
To me, this album just isn't as musically beautiful as the last two releases the lips have put out. The lyrics have been criticized by some, but i don't share that criticism - flaming lips lyrics are very different and while they sound simple, they are actually very meaningful. This time, there is no doubt that they have gone political and that's fine with me - people should speak there views. But if you are a Bushie, you won't like what the lips are saying here.
For pure sound, Pompeii and Goin' On are the best. In fact, they are two of the best lips tracks around. The WAND is a cool sound, and the Yeah Yeah song is catchy, but i find it annoying and I don't think it is growing on me.
Overall, the CD is very good and I have been listening to it a lot, but if you are new to the flaming lips and want to hear their most beautiful, original stuff, buy Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi first. They are unbelievable!