The Terror review by The Flaming Lips

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  • Released: Apr 1, 2013
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (21 votes)
The Flaming Lips: The Terror
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Sound — 9
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, who first caught the worlds attention with their signature rock style and such unusual song titles as "What Is The Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That The Chemical [In Our Brains] By Which We Are Able To Experience The Sensation Of Being In Love Is The Same Chemical That Caused The "Big Bang" That Was The Birth Of The Accelerating Universe)". And yes, that's one song title. Throughout the late '80s and the '90s, The Flaming Lips continued to rock the world with their unique music and captivating live performances, and have seemingly never stopped, producing 13 studio albums and countless radio rock anthems. Now, The Flaming Lips are announcing their return to the music world with their new studio album, "The Terror". This album has the band taking their traditional sound and applying it to 9 new compositions, and if filled with the traditional psychedelic sadness that coated the band's earlier efforts. We take a bold first look into the album with "Sun Blows Up Today", which you might remember being featured in one of the last Super Bowl commercials. An overall happy mood on this track, filled with, yet also work together brilliantly to lead towards an overall perfectionistic listening experience. Another great work by The Flaming Lips, that only gets better and better with each listen.

Lyrics — 9
Lead vocalists Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd take turns manning full microphone duties throughout the album, which allows "The Terror" to take on multiple atmospheres and vibes. Both do a standout job throughout the entire album, and work together brilliantly to produce some downright stellar vocal harmonies and helps drive each song over the top.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, "The Terror" shows The Flaming Lips making a strong comeback. The entire album is standout, and any follower of the group, as well as psychedelic rock fans in general, should look into picking this album for themselves.

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    grafittibob
    I love the Flaming Lips but this album is definitely lackluster. I would describe it as background music. Nowhere near as good as most of their albums.
    CallOfTheWest
    Does UG just have review madlibs where they fill in words that fit the band's description just laying around?
    arnolddrummer
    Ouch (this review) sun blows up is a bonus track, not part of the actual album and is completely non-representative of the album as a whole. The album is dark, it's heavy, it pushes the concept of sound to its very borders. The terror is a full album representation of the existential crisis. This was a very weak review.