The Flaming Lips are constantly up to new tricks, but they haven't released a proper studio album since 2009's Embryonic. That'll change on April 2, when they put out The Terror through Bella Union and Warner Bros.
01 Look...The Sun Is Rising
02 Be Free, A Way
03 Try To Explain
04 You Lust
05 The Terror
06 You Are Alone
07 Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
08 Turning Violent
09 Always There...In Our Hearts
Definitely can’t wait for this album. Also, the lyric video for “Sun Blows Up Today” is live on YouTube.
Apparently a low quality rip has leaked.
The album leaked on mediafire
It’s on piratebay
It appears that a shark has officially been jumped in Oklahoma. Damn.
It appears that someone on the internet has no taste
Whatever. I’ve plenty of taste. I’ve been (have been, was) a Flaming Lips fan for well over 20 years and saw them live for the first time in the late 80’s. What I’m getting at fan boy, is that they have put out plenty of albums that you clearly love that I love too. But between the Dark Side of the Moon and Court of the Crimson King bs and the truly awful Heady Fwends, and all of the other lame assed “experimentation”…..the band has lost a bit more than the plot over the last few years. I had hopes….if you want to have at me for expressing my differing opinion fine. But just because mine doesn’t agree with yours, doesn’t mean that I don’t have taste. I thought this album sucked on my first listen, and I was disappointed. The quality of the rip is awful, and I’ll give it another go……I’ve actually already preordered it and had before I downloaded it. But yeah, I’m disappointed man. There used to be nobody like them, and this record sounds like a failed attempt at Silver Apples, Suicide and Neu covers that don’t touch the originals. That leaves me disappointed as a fan. I’ll let you get back to your awesome record collection.
same impression. this sounds like embryonic minus the explosive song variety and genius energy flow. relistening and trying to find the “best flaming lips album” they said they had created.
awesome!just a good album prewiev!tnks (:
At the current time, there’s no clean version, it’s a webrip around 66mb-70mb and 160 kbps. Real fans should wait for a proper version. I’m just saying…
This album is…..not soo good :(
I’m loving The Terror. Can’t wait for a quality version.
A band that has recently covered albums from King Crimson and Pink Floyd should know everything to make a decent well-sounding pop record with mass appeal. Instead they come up with an album full of gift-of-the-moment discoveries, frightening noises and some terrific melodies they might have stored in their brains for special occasions. THE TERROR is a multi-faceted beast, even its temporary nakedness seems like an attack on our senses.
This year’s probably most disturbing rock album opens up with an illusion of romance. “Look … The Sun Is Rising” starts with soft, sun-kissed keyboards (a first example of THE TERROR’S huge equipment of old analogue synths) , and just when Wayne Coyne’s ear-candy melody evokes a strange encounter with the TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN’s folky innocence, rumbling percussive noises undermine every simple beauty. At the end of the song the voice is hanging in the air like Eno in ancient times on “Julie with …”, and the absence of any harmonic support strenghtens the feeling of isolation.
“Be Free, A Way” seems like Wayne’s credo to cut off every form of dependance, but neither the lyrics nor the sounds offer any simple message; instead, voices swirling, crying and collapsing stimulate the atmosphere of an electrified mediaeval witch dance. “Try To Explain” shows Wayne’s voice under the microscope of producer’s David Friedman’s mixing desk, while the way Steven Drozd is playing an ancient VCS3 reminds one of some post-industrial rattling. The twilight world of Tarkowsky’s STALKER is not so far away.
“You Lust” has a weird hard core punk feel with a simple 4/4 beat and a string section that transports the music, at least in the second half, to a weird mutant of the Philly sound of the 70′s – The Flaming Lips on the dancefloor of another era. Weird noises destroy any relaxed Saturday Night-memories by introducing high frequency alarm sounds that lead directly to the next piece.
“The Terror” is maybe the central piece of the whole album. Instead of trying to go utterly mad which might be an easy option for the band, it’s a carefully crafted tune, where all tragic can be felt under the surface of one of the most heartwrenching melodies of their career. “You Are Alone” seems to be a logical conclusion after that. A regular “staccato” bass figure is providing some solid ground, but the voice seems lost in space again. It’s like a fragmented childhood memory, always on the verge of falling apart. By the way, a lot of the album seems to be based on studio improvisation.
“Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die” is another future classic of the band, Wayne Coyne’s obsession with death seems to be very inspiring for psychedelic lamentos. Like the band’s signature tune, “Do You Realize”, it’s a perfect blend of multicolored shades, an irresistible melody and slightly hysteric sound fabrication. “Turning Violent” is exactly that, a guerilla storm of attacking instruments in front of some unavoidable darkness. (Sometimes cheap sounding mono synths are the best choice one can make).
“Always There … In Our Hearts” starts with an a capella intro of Wayne’s voice, before the whole band joins in. The song develops from a kind of carnevalesque hillbilly drug party to an overkill of goodbyes that, in the hands of others, could easily turn into pure kitsch. It makes you feel like on a children’s birthday party though everyone knows it’s a funeral. The last lines speak volumes “in our hearts, yes, yes, we know we were only dreaming this, hey ho, everyone waves goodbye, hey ho, in our hearts everything stays forever, hey ho, and is lost in the end.” Highly recommended. Sincerely dreamed.
Wow….I’ve come around, a bit on this new record, but the covers albums of ‘Dark Side…’ and ‘In The Court….’ were just f’n awful. Those two releases sounded sloppy drunk, unfocused and sonically grating. My biggest hope for this new studio album and (slight) change in direction is that the Flaming Lips stop it with releasing every other sloppy rehearsal or get together that they have with friends in the home studio. The best thing about this release is that it has the focus of a studio recording. That they spent more than five minutes on it. That alone, makes it better than the tossed off releases that they have been putting out there. It’s their right to release the trash, no one has to buy those releases I know, but it has made it very difficult for me to love what they have been up to and have put out there.
Man! What an exciting review! I haven’t listened to the album all the way through yet, but now I’m more excited than ever. It’s hard to believe that “The Terror” has a good shot at being as masterful as “Embryonic,” which is probably my favorite album of all time.
once you get passed the initial shock of the new sound its actually a very cool album
What’s with this whole “new sound” thing? The sound of “The Terror” is basically an extension of the sound on “Embryonic.” It’s like some kind of late reaction effect. When “Embryonic” came out, the Flaming Lips had done nothing quite like it before, yet everyone was saying “Oh, this is like ‘Zaireeka’ on one disc,” whereas it sounded nothing like “Zaireeka.” This, however, is like a slightly prettier “Embryonic,” which was new in it’s darkness, and just now, people are saying, “It’s a new dark sound!”
Agreed. They took the embryonic sound and made it a more light droned out feel to it. I loved it right away. But I did enjoy Embryonic a bit more.
320 kbps is floating around.
hell yeah it is
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