‘The Terror’ The Flaming Lips
Expectations for a new Flaming Lips record are soaring high, mostly based on the fact the band always delivers brilliant music. The feeling is you can always rely on a Flaming Lips record. Or can you?
I think the feeling we are left with after listening to The Terror, however, is we miss the sound of singer Wayne Coynes undistorted voice and the variation seen on other records by The Flaming Lips. And that feeling is there from the opening track – usually a strength for The Lips.
Look the Sun is Rising seems overproduced with distorted lyrics and continuous drumming that makes it work well as background music but nothing striking as a track.
The albums title track sits solidly in the middle of the record with a repetitive drum beat thats intoxicating. But the vocals are lost and its hard to even hear what Coyne is singing.
Phantogram guests on You Lust but cant change the direction either. The song again is loaded with synth and drums and doesnt stand out from any other track on the record.