ARTIST               :        THE FLAMING LIPS

GENRE                :        ROCK

DATE RELEASED:        2015


This album is an alternate version of The Flaming Lips’ 1995 album “Cloud Taste Metallic.  An exclusive Record Store day released, this compilation has ex- Flaming Lips Ronald Jones playing lead guitar.  This album highlighted what the band is all about; a guitar driven rock band.  It is advisable that non-fans should open their horizons when it comes to the band’s music.

Watch live version of “The Abandone Hospital Ship” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvSTskKgg3I

The album begins with “The Abandoned Hospital Ship’ and from this track alone, you can tell their guitar prowess as the sound of the electric guitar really mimic that of a lightbulb buzzing when it turn on and off; just like in horror movies.  In “Psychedelic Exploration With The Fetus,” you can imagine in your mind sperm swimming towards the egg instead of a fetus inside the womb.  “Placebo Headwound” combined oriental percussion and electric guitar.  What you have in this track is like listening to a Japanese tribute of any Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtrack.

Watch live version of “Placebo Headwound” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1gt52ZjB8M

Listening to “This Here Giraffe,” you might probably conclude that this is the music that inspired Bjork to create her POST album.  In “Brainville,’ you could also say that part of the musical structure of Madonna’s “Dear Jessie” is found in this track. In “Guy Who Got A Headache and An Accidentally Saves The World,” you could tell that probably Coldplay was inspired with this song to produce their own hit “Yellow.”

Listen to “Guy Who Got A Headache and Accidentally Saves The World” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93tui11k6Sc

Just how good this album is?  “When You Smile” they made the sound of an electric guitar so breezy.  In “Kim’s Watermelon Gun,” they crafted a tune that sounded like a garage rock but with sophistication of classical music. In “Bad Days,” you have a track that is like listening to a rock version of any Hula track.  After listening to the whole album, you might be surprised that you have the inclination to listen to any Jimi Hendrix album.  I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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