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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
2. Free Radicals
3. The Sound of Failure
4. My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion
5. Vein Of Stars
6. The Wizard Turns On...
7. It Overtakes Me
8. Mr. Ambulance Driver
9. Haven't Got a Clue
10. The W.A.N.D.
11. Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung
12. Goin' On

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Cosmic, consciousness-expanding and mind-shattering, At War With The Mystics, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots brings together the expressiveness of recent albums with the heaviness, volume and intensity of the band's earlier work. At War With The Mystics is personal, political, psychedelic and powerful pop. Warner. 2006.

After two expansive yet winsome epic albums like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots that dealt with the inevitability of death in the face of life, the Oklahoma City art provocateurs have abandoned the concept album approach and done an about face. They've returned to their earlier canon, channeling their messy psychedelica through a 70s funk scrim, and yet again figured out a way to elevate the ordinary to the sublime--even out-weirding Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd on a track like "Pompeii," and precariously balancing out on the astral plane on "Wizard Turns On." And while you might be tempted to believe that this band is just about their cartoonish space bubbles on pink rabbits, it is at your own peril. At War With the Mystics is an intelligent and searing indictment of George W. Bush, his administration, suicide bombers, superficiality and undeserved stardom--branding them all sinners of similar stripe. A song like "Sound of Failure/It's Dark...Is it Always This Dark?" boldly calls out pop culture princesses Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears, but not without first giving them a wet kiss goodnight. "Free Radicals" is a precious soul romp that sounds like Prince in his prime, but instead was oddly inspired by a dream about Devendra Banhart, and is an sharp arrow aimed straight at the heart of would-be terrorists. Major domo and head Lip Wayne Coyne is a shrewd observer of human nature, and an even shrewder songwriter and this album stands as his greatest and most varied work yet. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Format: Audio CD
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!
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This release of the album is a must-own for any fan of The Flaming Lips, or even for someone who has just found much enjoyment in repeat listenings to this specific album. For the record, I fall into the latter category.

The DVD Surround mix is available in both CD quality and Audiophile quality. There are tonnes of goodies packed onto this disc (videos, b-sides, The Bohemian Rhapsody cover, and detailed liner notes)! You cannot fault this release; the 5.1 mix was even nominated for a Surround Sound Grammy, which it should have won. It is phenomenal how the 5.1 mix enhances this album. Many 5.1 mixes suck, but this one clearly had a lot of thought put into it, going so far as to add some extended and additional instrumentation not to be found on the CD.

Do yourself a favour and buy this!
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ok, I'm not the biggest Flaming Lips fan. I think Soft Bulletin is good but overrated and I think Yoshimi was, well, mediocre at best. But this album, on the other hand, is fantastic. It provides the perfect bridge between their earlier guitar based material and later spaced out electronic soundscapes. The production is beautiful and unique, the songwriting is top notch, and the music itself is a heady psychedelic stew of, well, awesomeness. Beautiful flowing soundscapes side by side with more direct rock punches and just enough funk make this album one of the best of the year so far for sure. I highly recommend it even if you (like me) are not a huge fan of the band. This here is good stuff.
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