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.