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Clouds Taste Metallic CD

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002MYC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
2. Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles
3. Placebo Headwound
4. This Here Giraffe
5. Brainville
6. Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World
7. When You Smile
8. Kim's Watermelon Gun
9. They Punctured My Yolk
10. Lightning Strikes The Postman
11. Christmas At The Zoo
12. Evil Will Prevail
13. Bad Days

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The great thing about Flaming Lips' records is that each new one renders all its predecessors obsolete. Clouds Taste Metallic continues the fine Lips tradition of quantum improvement. It's an elaborately orchestrated masterwork of crashing cymbals, chiming bells, tinkling pianos, buzzing guitars, chirping birds, humming projectors, exploding cities, cheering crowds, and vocals stacked to the stratosphere. Each song goes gleefully over the top, but every ridiculous element somehow seems just right. While the carnival atmosphere and silly song titles distract you from band leader Wayne Coyne's serious ambition, the album's power bubbles up from hidden depths and eventually overwhelms you. The smoldering packages in "Lightning Strikes the Postman" and the sleeping millions dreaming about killing the boss in "Bad Days" are funny, but they're also unnerving, and the band builds a whole song out of the sad truth that "Evil Will Prevail". The sense that this isn't all just fun and games makes happier moments such as the cosmic orgasm of "When You Smile" sound like something much more than a hippie's wet dream. This album isn't music to take drugs to; it's the drug itself. --Tim Quirk

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Format: Audio CD
It seems that when it comes to the Flaming Lips, I mostly just hear "Soft Bulletin this" and "Soft Bulletin that." Well, "The Soft Bulletin" is certainly a great album, but I think "Clouds Taste Metallic" has it beat. Of all the Lips albums I've heard, this one seems to strike the best balance of accessibility, complexity, and experimentation. Sounding sort of like Pink Floyd in a better mood, "Clouds" is a series of dreamy space-rock tunes occasionally punctuated by a psychedelic freakout or a sunny blast of pop perfection like "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles" or "Christmas at the Zoo". For the most part, frontman Wayne Coyne's innocent, almost childish voice floats over a bed of dense, atmospheric noise led by the freaky, twisted guitar work of Ronald Jones. What really elevates "Clouds" above the plain, though, is the powerhouse work of the rhythm section, most notably the furious, intricate drumbeats of the shamefully underrated Steven Drozd. Steven's Bonham-like work may sound a bit out of place at first, but after a few listens I realized it provided the perfect anchor for the band's freeform sonic acid trips. Hell, even if the music weren't so good, this album would be worth checking out for the song titles alone. At any rate, all fans of noisy weirdness are advised to check this one out. And pick up "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" while you're at it.
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This is truly a band that is mainstream for a good reason. The 11th studio album by Oklahoma City, OK's own Flaming Lips is sure to please. This acid-tinged pop album (not much punk like their first albums) is a great achievement indeed. Perhaps not a great introduction to the Lips', but I'd still reccomend it to either a new or fan or someones who's had experience with them before. The music is complex, with most songs having a heavily fuzzed or distorted (or some other kind of effect) lead guitar making wonderful melodies and a lovely accoustic rythum guitar strumming catchy tunes. Just about all of the songs on this album are positive, extremely positive. But if you think that eventually gets annoying, it doesn't, most all of the songs being beautifuly bass drum driven, catchy tunes, not to mention the bass guitar, which comes up with some quite interesting lines.
All of the songs have a distinctly different sound to them, not getting repetitive, but still sounding like classic Flaming Lips. Songs like "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles" and "Brainville" have relatively simple pop choruses that can get stuck in your head for days, while pieces like "Placebo Headwound" have really interesting sounds that I have dubbed "dueling sliding guitars." Yeah, I like that. Then there are those crazy songs like "Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World," "They Puncured My Yolk," and "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," which really incorporate the interesting sounds the Lips' are famous for, and showing Wayne Coyne's emotional and laid back yet energetic voice. If you are in a really positive mood, need to be cheered up, or want to get one of the best albums in their catalouge, this album is perfect for you.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's hard not to like the Flaming Lips. These alt-rockers take such elaborate pleasure in being over-the-top weird that's impossible not to be sucked in. Wonderfully weird titles, complex music laced with unusual instruments, and a can't-be-copied sense of wonder make this one of the best albums to come out of the 90s.
From the hypnotic crackle of "Abandoned Hospital Ship," we soar into the lower-key "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles," the insanely lovely "Placebo Headwound" ("Where does outer space end/ it's sort of hard to imagine"), the charmingly catchy "This Here Giraffe," the harder-edged "Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World" (isn't that the best title?), the more haunting "When You Smile," the delicious space-rock "They Punctured My Yolk," sizzling (no pun intended) "Lightning Strikes the Postman," and the thought-provoking, catchy "Christmas at the Zoo" ("Their wasn't any snow on Christmas eve/and I knew what I should do/I thought I'd free the animals all locked up at the zoo...")
You can tell an album is a winner if the lead singer informs you "It's just a supernatural delay." But this album is in a world of lightning-struck mailmen, talking animals, spaceships, outer space, dreams of shooting your boss, astronauts, and sparkling lights. The scifi-rock edge that was later further refined is here in its glory, tempered by more earthly material (like "Bad Days").
The brilliant basic music is enhanced by cymbals, screaming, bing-bang-booms, hums and buzzes and chimes. Anything that fits will somehow fit in. Wayne Coyne's voice is a little thin and flawed, but that only enhances the extraordinary music.
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