Currently Listening To: The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin

The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin 
Release Date: 17th May 1999
Genre: Neo-psychedelia 
Warner Bros.

There’s chemistry in the air as The Flaming Lips tackle science. Nerds. 

My experience with The Soft Bulletin follows my usual course with The Flaming Lips albums. First listen sounds like a big spacey mess, second time solidifies, then third time the beauty blooms. It takes time for The Flaming Lips space age sound to adapt to the ears, though it is pleasant enough before it shows its depth. The science lyrics typically contrast with a human nature, most evidently scene in the opening track ‘Race For The Prize’ and there is the required song about death that The Flaming Lips seem to love. The sound is dreamlike, the content poignant.

The blend makes for some truly relaxing music, though I think Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and At War With The Mystics share too many similarities for it to truly stand out on a base level, it’s the lyrical topics that separate them. Apart from the obsession with death, they all share that one. .  It’s a sound which doesn’t vary too much yet whichever dose of the lips you kiss, it’s all good.  ‘Feeling Yourself Disintegrate’ makes me feel that my body really is falling to pieces. Then I open my eyes and end up back in the real world.

An album to listen to when you’ve just been playing with beakers and unknown substances.


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