I had never of The Flaming Lips before yesterday. A used CD store was playing "Yoshimi" and I found myself really enjoying the songs. So I asked the people at the register who it was and they handed me the CD, which I bought without hesitation.
I've played it over and over since then and I like the music even more than the first time. "Flight Test" is contagious. It grooves, yet retains a beatiful melody and poignant lyrics. The title track is also one of my favorites--another infectious (and hilarious) groove.
The album has it's soft side, as well. "In the Morning of the Magicians," "Ego Tripping, "One More Robot," and "All We Have Is Now" are quite hypnotic and smack a bit of Pink Floyd. The more upbeat songs reminded me the the later Beatles material, which is a pretty solid endorsement.
I don't think "Do You Realize??" is close to the best track, even though it's featured on the little sticker affixed to the CD cover. It's okay, but the others are better.
Overall, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" is a fresh, strong album--easy to listen to and even easier to recommend!