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At War with the Mystics

the Flaming Lips Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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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THE FLAMING LIPS At War With The Mystics (Authentic 2007 US AUTOGRAPHED 12-track CD album including the single The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song picture sleeve. Boldly signed by Wayne Coyne Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins on the front cover in black marker pen)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 18 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan for many years, Yoshimi being one of my favorites.
This album was a disappointment for me. It's unrefined, the music is all over the place and ultimetly nowhere. I found most of it quite average and boring. That really melodical song that they always seem to have is missing.
I won't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Time Where War's Been Good June 10 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - Among FL's Best Discs June 27 2008
Format:Audio CD
Many of the songs on this Disc have grown on me -- i.e., gotten better with repeated listening -- which for me is usually a sign of strong song-writing.

While not as conceptually integrated as Soft Bulletin or Yoshomi, At War With the Mystics has its own magic moments (perhaps more than any of their discs), and somewhat whimsical without being too over the top (as with Yoshomi) -- okay okay, Yeah Yeah song is pretty over the top, but mostly fun.

A varied journey that is gloriously magical and deeply human!
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