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CLOUDS TASTE METALLIC is the seventh Flaming Lips record, and it is a far looser and more relaxed affair than anything that preceded it. The weirdness flows out of head-Lip Wayne Coyne's head as it always has done, but this is a record by a band that no longer has anything to prove--not to themselves, their record label, nor their fans. They are content to just do want they want. With sparser instrumentation than before, Coyne's voice is both more intelligible and closer to the front of the mix, and the effects, though still present, are more restrained, used (for the most part) as frosting rather than cake.
Standouts on this record include the countrified slide guitar on "Placebo Headwound"; the genuinely sweet "This Here Giraffe", which comes complete with flutes and a xylophone and sounds like the theme to a particularly strange television show; "They Punctured My Yolk", which sounds bizarrely like a freaked-out version of "Seasons in the Sun"; and the supremely laid-back "Evil Will Prevail", with its gloriously swelling final verse. CLOUDS TASTE METALLIC is a nice record in the best sense of the word, and a good place to begin investigating the Lips.
Abandoned Hospital Ship
Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
This Here Giraffe
Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World
When You Smile
Kim's Watermelon Gun
They Punctured My Yolk
Lightning Strikes the Postman
Christmas at the Zoo
Evil Will Prevail
Bad Days [Aurally Excited Version]