Monday, April 7, 2008

The Flaming Lips

I'm probably not even the most qualified person here to talk about the Flaming Lips - I don't know too much of their earlier music and I'm not huge into their latest releases. I do know, however, that The Soft Bulletin is probably one of my ten favorite albums ever. It is a masterpiece start to finish. A bit of the AMG Review:

"...what's most remarkable about The Soft Bulletin is its humanity — these are Wayne Coyne's most personal and deeply felt songs, as well as the warmest and most giving. No longer hiding behind surreal vignettes about Jesus, zoo animals, and outer space, Coyne pours his heart and soul into each one of these tracks, poignantly exploring love, loss, and the fate of all mankind; highlights like "The Spiderbite Song" and "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate" are so nakedly emotional and transcendentally spiritual that it's impossible not to be moved by their beauty. There's no telling where the Lips will go from here, but it's almost beside the point — not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade. "

While I'm not sure I'd hand it best album of the decade, I would say it was in a three horse race with OK Computer and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. For me anyway... unless there are other albums I'm forgetting, which there almost certainly are. Anyway, here are a couple of videos from The Soft Bulletin, both of which are excellent. The songs are, anyway. I can't vouch for the videos.

Race for the Prize

Waitin' for a Superman

Feeling Yourself Disintegrate (one of my favorite songs ever - but ignore the video, it's fan made and set to a like, Chris Evans movie or something)

Go (by Daniel Johnston) w/Sparklehorse

1 comment:

  1. Soft Dick Bulletin.

    Don't you just love Sparklehorse?