Zaireeka is hard to describe unless you have heard it. you go thru the often annoying task of setting up the four stereos, getting the volume right, etc etc, expecting this is be a light diversion. maybe kind of cute. but let me tell you, once you have done it you will want to do it again.
the first track, "Okay I'll Admitt I Really Don't Understand", is mind-blowing. it starts out as if the arrangement and the CDS are out of time, but somehow no matter what they always work. even if the rhythym is off, its off the same way in a perpetual manner, making it different every time.
the main thing i have about this album is that it is different every time. sure you could say that about any album, but this is physically different every time. sometimes CD #1's volume is up, CD #3 is a bit delayed, and every time is a new experience. the first listening is odd and hard to understand. i am now on i beleive my 5th listening, and it gets better every time.
a lot of the songs manage to be incredibly catchy with that special flamming lips groove which is very promminent in this wonderfully produced peice of art. the basslines are killer, especially on "Riding To Work In the Year 2025", and the drum solo of all drum solo's on "March of The Rotten vegetables" is simply out of this world. even the track most people hate, "A Machine in INDIA", i find to be catchy even tho it is incredibly sloppy. (the track titles are amazing, if you haven't noticed)
i guess it isn't for everyone. but beleive this: it is more than a trifle to be amused at once or twice. i cannot think of any other music that sounds like this; Zaireeka is it's own genre. no other band to the best of my knowledge has done this, and if they ever do they will all be bested by Zaireeka, simply because it is the first. one intense joyride of a wall of sound. a Lips fan should definitely own this CD.