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Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots

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  • Audio CD (July 16 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000068PQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 293 customer reviews
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1. Fight Test
2. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
3. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1
4. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.2
5. In The Morning of the Magicians=20
6. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
7. Are You A Hypnotist??
8. It's Summertime
9. Do You Realize??
10. All We Have Is Now
11. Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)

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Do you realize it's summertime? So celebrate the sunshine with the optimisic and philosophical spirit of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips' long-awaited follow-up to 1999's The Soft Bulletin, which topped an avalanche of year-end "best of" lists and helped rank the psychedelic-noise-popsters among the most influential bands in the world (#15 according to NME). "It's storytelling acid rock," say The Flaming Lips, "and will render its listeners powerless to study or analyze it and enable them to sit back and--hopefully for a couple of minutes at a time--just simply be...entertained."


As these dimpled moptops from Oklahoma grow pepper-bearded and transform into wizened elder statesmen of sonic adventuring, the heartfelt candy of their loving bubblegum stretches ever longer into echoing soundscapes. If Radiohead are halfway to becoming U2, the Flaming Lips are nine-tenths of the way to pop nirvana. Hardly a song on Yoshimi isn't resonated, echoed, and reverberated--floating the listener higher until they have the ultimate bird's eye view of what makes a great band tick. As with any album by the band, it's hard not to imagine parades and a sky filled with helium balloons while you listen to any of it--in this case, the party is enhanced brilliantly by digital filters and silver shimmering asides. The most immediate songs, like "One More Robot (3000-21)," are digital (almost trip-hop) dance numbers that lift the band out of the cornfields and into the loopy land of Björk. Little surprise, then, that the band are already following up this majestic splash of gummy bear brilliance by recording a CD with TV kids-show host Steve from Blue's Clues. It's like Woodstock meets Snoopy! --Ian Christe

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Format: LP Record
The Flaming Lips have always been comfortable with remaining just outside the trappings of mainstream music. They have successfully carved out a kind of fringe career making confectionery pop music infused with an electronic sensibility. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the finest example of these sensibilities and possibly one the few truly great albums to come out of this decade. With infinite replay-ability the album belies it's upbeat veneer with an undercurrent of very real emotional philosophy. The record ranked on a number of greatest albums lists over the course of the last decade and with good reason, it's a singularly unique musical experience from a very gifted band who have allowed popular culture to influence but not dictate their unique sound or essence.
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for when I originally listened to this album I was totally underwhelmed, and thought it was terribly mediocre. I didn't listen to it for another year and a half, and I wasn't hesitant to even than. But when I listened to it everything changed. The album deserves the praise that is heaped upon it (unlike The Soft Bulletin). Now let's get right down to it. Wayne Coyne's singing is significantly downplayed in this album, it sounds great going with the trip hop beats and isn't cracking ever ten seconds. The decision to make a more electronicish album this time around was definitely a good decision, and it breathes some fresh air into the Lips which the definitely needed after The Soft Bulletin. As far as catchy pop songs, these are arguably the most finely crafted of the Flaming Lips career. This time they really hit the mark. The lyrics sure are both dumb and funny. Wayne Coyne really has a knack for melody as shown on this album. Fight Test and Do You Realize? are probably the most beautiful, production wise, songs that they have ever put out. Both parts of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots are grandiose pieces of pop and the latter is probably one of the better instrumentals that I've heard. Like I said, Yoshimi is a great album and is almost deserving of five stars, but it kind of slags off at the end with All We Have Is Now and Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon are kind of unmemorable but the fare well enough. But with songs like the ones previously mentioned and Are You A Hypnotist?? and Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell this is definitely worthy of a solid four stars.
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I saw these guys at Amoeba Records the day the record was released so that influences my view of the record. Since the first time I heard it Wayne Coyne was playing it to me on a CD player. I have seen The Flaming Lips play a few times, twice in support of their great album The Soft Bulletin. Many people would imagine that album couldn't be topped. This is one of the great American bands of the past twenty years. Well, they went a little more concept oriented (Zaireeka) while staying true to their sound (Soft Bulletin) and still bringing something new to the table. One thing you notice is how funky they are. Steven Drozd is a master musician and a great drummer. Everything you could wish for is here and they seem relaxed at the same time. The album has a story where there are robots in the future and Yoshimi ends up fighting the best one. Robots by this time can taste and feel just like humans. The robots are made to take over the planet. There is a lot about perceptions, and what is real, and time.
The first song "Fight Test" could be a song on The Soft Bulletin. The synthesizers ooze and the chorus says "It's all a mystery." Their new sound of computer funk comes in on the song "One More Robot." The song end in a real beautiful keyboard section. The next song "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 1" starts off with a great guitar sound. It is sort of a humorous song and could only be with the title. This dissolves into a fight scene which is like "Sparks" by The Who. There is a lot of screaming on this track. Two more tracks "Magicians" and "Ego Tripping" are songs worthy of being included on Soft Bulletin. "Are You A Hypnotist" is the Lips flirting with their Pink Floyd obsessions. Lucky for us they keep it under four minutes. Nature and summertime are evoked throughout the album.
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On a whim, I bought this CD at Borders last summer. The title was clever, the art was attractive and the tunes sounded nice enough.
At first, it bothered me a little bit. "Yoshimi" seemed a little bit passive. I was worried that I had wasted $16 on another CD that I hadn't researched enough. However, it quickly grew into one of my favorite CDs of 2003. Yoshimi is good from beginning to end.
You'll immediately enjoy tracks like "Fight Test" and "Do You Realize??". And, after repeated listening, tracks like "One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21" or "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" will reveal themselves to you.
It has a nice mix of electronica and pleasant guitars/singing with a driving drum beat. It is excellent car-music. Even if you only listen to it as background music, you'll notice the songs drifting into your conscious thought. The lyrics are clever and the songs are infectious.
Give it a try if you have any stomach for the unusual at all . It will reward you.
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