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Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots

the Flaming Lips Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 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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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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FLAMING LIPS Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002 UK 11-track CD album including the singles Do You Realize?? Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [Part 1] Fight Test Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell with fold-out lyric sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Stand Mistaken... June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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Wow. After hearing "Do You Realize" and tuning in to the abundant hype surrounding this album, I thought I was really in for a treat.
What this album is, however, is basically just an attempt at applying trippy production to VERY basic, plain, uninspired songs with uninspired melodies and lyrics. I thought these guys were supposed to be a creative bunch? It takes more than a concept about evil pink robots to be interesting though, and there's not really anything more than a concept here. The songs are just so plain and mediocre; I was really shocked. I will readily admit that the one diamond in the rough is "Do You Realize," a beautifully written and produced song. I don't know how the same band produced the rest of this album.
Oh, and by the way, almost ALL of the songs are just about the same tempo, with the same drumbeat (no matter how they tried to disguise it with production tricks).
I wouldn't hesitate to give this album one star if it weren't for the one good track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2002 April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best this year March 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Top Albums of the Decade
The Flaming Lips have always been comfortable with remaining just outside the trappings of mainstream music. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2010 by M. Sciberras
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, thought-provoking, and most importantly beautiful record.
With its delusions of grandeur, its original computer-generated atmospherics and its haunting lyrics, 'Yoshimi'' strikes with songs that treat of mortality, love, pacifism and... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2010 by Louis Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love it
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by Flaming Lips
what can i say one of my favorite bands. great guitars and arrangements. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2010 by ?
4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure
I don't feel like I should like it... but I do. Tongue in cheek approach but with some beautiful lyrics. Lead singer's voice is an acquired taste. Read more
Published on July 13 2007 by Ken Noisewater
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS BABY!!
This album is off the hook. I love the flaming lips and would definitely buy this album.
Published on July 17 2004 by Luz Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it...
I absolutely love this cd... It's at least 4 Gold Star material...
->Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
my fave song/title on it
My friend gave me a copy and as... Read more
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars its gotta be my favorite cd of all time
wow. ok,i can't say this is my favorite band... but i love listening to this cd... and i lost the damn thing. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by janice
4.0 out of 5 stars Great live, good cd
I first heard the Flaming Lips at Coachella. Wayne Coyne ran around in a plastic bubble to crowd surf and it was awesome. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by shauna
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
This album isn't just really good, it's the kind of album that could change your life. Open your eyes, for the Flaming Lips have put together another magical album that will stun... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect In its' Own Words.
The Flaming Lips; the low punk band that originally started in 1983 that grew up to write epics. In Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, the Lips tell you that life is alright and it... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Greg
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