|1. The Abandoned Hospital Ship|
|2. Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles|
|3. Placebo Headwound|
|4. This Here Giraffe|
|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|
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.Read more ›
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.