Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Faming Lips: Prog Bubble Gum Music?

Originally posted on July 7, 2008

I’ve been catching up on some alt rock classics, as anybody who’s been reading the blog knows. Now I’ve been putting my ears to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by Flaming Lips (Warner Brothers). OK the subject matter is intriguing, as is the cool cartoon on the cover. But the music seems just a little limpid, like a soundtrack to an anime cartoon.

It’s music to accompany something. But what? I shouldn’t be too hard on these folks. At least it’s creative. And maybe I haven’t listened enough yet. Still, this cannot be said to be a classic. It has the pop jangle. Some prog moments. Sometimes it sounds like prog bubble gum, something for a 9 year old to dig. Tommy for pre-teens? Not my thing, but they try pretty hard.

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