rating : 8.5
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Some people don't like the Flaming Lips,
and i don't understand them.
This album was recorded after the death of a friend of the band named Yoshimi. It's a cheer up/hold on message for Yoshimi's family. "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" shows Wayne Coyne as one of the most sensitive and empathic songwriters out there. The title track is an incredible psychedelic and oniric pop song. Despite the starting point of this project, the album is far from being gloomy, it is rather uplifting and innocently optimistic. The beginning of the album is catchier than its end (apart from "Do You Realise", the great first single). "In the Morning of the Magicians" and "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" are two great psyche pop songs and "Are You a Hypnotist" and "It's Summertime" (which features the song of birds singing in the background) are two slow sunny pop jewels.
The arrangements are quite different from "The Soft Bulletin" which was filled with strings and horns. This albums sounds a little more modern, with luxurious electronic arrangements and weird bass sounds.
The heartless ones who didn't like "The Soft Bulletin" will not like "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" despite its being a step forward, unlike Mercury Rev's latest capitalistic effort. The ones who liked/loved "The Soft Bulletin" will find a new-ish sound and the same naive humanity that make the Flaming Lips such a singular band.