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Clouds Taste Metallic CD
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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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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.
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 ›
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they push the envelope here,
and redefine Rock.
Here, in all its glory, is the other end of the Lips' spectrum: hard rock guitars squalling, heavy rhytmn section, and the same great off-kilter Wayne Coyne, hamming up every song... Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by Michael Kluge
There are some top notch tunes on this album. The lyrics are zany as always, but the heart of this band is like the heart of a child, that's what I find infectious. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by saserfrac
Yeah, I think that sums it up. 'Clouds Taste Metallic' perfectly describes the scary-funny carnival world of Wayne Coyne. Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Atlas Groaned
This is THE album.
Of all the albums I own, this is the only one I need. It's the only thing I would take with me on a desert island (with a CD player and some solar... Read more
As with anything great, it's strange on the first listen. You're not quite sure if you like what you're hearing, but you're certainly intrigued. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003
This, more so than the Soft Bulletin, I think, is the Pet Sounds of our generation.Published on May 26 2002
The Flaming Lips are the most experimental group ever. They don't sound like other bands out there. They do their own thing and do it very well. This is by far the best.Published on April 5 2002 by CitizenTorgo
I never gave the Lips more than a cursory glance. I was not impressed with "Jelly", and considered them to be goofballs, especially after they appeared on 90210. Read morePublished on July 20 2001 by greatkingrat