I have become quite the fan of the Lips over the last few years and was able to see them perform their spectacular live show twice this past summer. A joy.
I was drawn to buy this cd, not thinking it would be much more than some, no doubt interesting, out-takes, much like the Fight Test ep.
I was wrong.
This work stands on its own. It is a wonderfully connected aural experience with a song cycle that updates, advances and continues where Yoshimi left off - minus Yoshimi and the robots.
The emotional oomph underlying the Yoshimi work is furthered; consider this a Flaming Lips "take" on things, updated and up to the minute as of the 2003 holiday season.
This is a very satisfying musical and lyrical experience, culminating on the profound rumination of "A Change At Christmas". May we all be more successful in making that annual "change" in thinking last the whole year.
While this may be considered a bridge to what's next for the Flaming Lips, this ep, as I said earlier, stands a worthy release on its own. If you are someone who digs the Lips, I highly recommend that you don't overlook this compelling work.
Happy holidays to Wayne, Michael, Steve and you.