The Flaming Lips
Clouds Taste Metallic


4.5
superb

Review

by robin EMERITUS
August 9th, 2009 | 183 replies | 20,654 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wayne Coyne really means it this time.

The Flaming Lips have two modes of melody and Clouds Taste Metallic sits central to their two-sided discography. As a follow-up, it lays calm foundations on the previous records of noise, fuzz, and any other messy noun that can accompany a picture of Wayne Coyne sporting a Sonic Youth t-shirt. And yet, looking at it from the future, it’s a raw release from the trilogy of synth-packed space rock which itself has been loosening slowly to the point of At War With The Mystics – an album which, stripped down, is a second coming of the Lips’ unrealised opus.

Clouds Taste Metallic is essentially the catchiest record the band have ever crafted: the anthems never stay as chilled and refined as they do in Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, but instead they serve as proof that the Lips can be everything they want – poppy, weird and ridiculous – all at the same time. There’s no sight of a zoned out instrumental and nor any downtime to relax: this is simply the trio going thirteen songs with the spirit of their live sets in their heart. Without layers and layers and layers, the aptly titled “Guy Who Accidentally Gets a Headache and Saves The World” still becomes an all out guitar sing-along and is as loud as the Lips will commit to being. The album’s closer is more of the same intense insanity, with Coyne writing possibly the lamest cool song ever: the music crashes and thrashes together from pulsating drums and chimes, and the lyrics recognise realism and throw it all to the wall: “You hate your boss at your job/But in your dreams you can blow his head off/In your dreams show no mercy”. If this wasn’t the only motto for Zaireeka onwards, I don’t know what was.

While it may as well be labelled their “guitar” album, taking into account the short ‘n’ sweet cameo appearances of all else (a complementary goof such as the horn intro of “This Here Giraffe” is to be expected), Clouds Taste Metallic couldn’t be a prouder odd-one-out in a discography so conflicted by punk and pop. Even though Clouds Taste Metallic’s three primary tools are a guitar, a drum kit and a set of crayons for the art, it’s also Wayne Coyne offering everything, and it’s all there: that is, it’s immature and it’s fun. What more could you want from a man who dresses up and scares children at Halloween?



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Roach
August 9th 2009



2149 Comments


Awesome band, awesome review.

Nicely done Robin.

Fugue
August 9th 2009



7352 Comments


Wow a 5 huh? guess I should check this out pronto.

As far as The Flaming Lips go, I've only got Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and thoroughly enjoy it. Funny that I've never bothered exploring the rest of their catalogue, which if I'm honest I didn't know was as big as it is.

Great review too, pretty much what I'd expect.

Edit: Also the track titles are awesome.


robin
Emeritus
August 9th 2009



4241 Comments


thanks and yeah, too cool.

Gyromania
August 9th 2009



15198 Comments


Excellent review. been meaning to check these guys out for a while. I guess I will start here.

Roach
August 10th 2009



2149 Comments


Ahh, this record is so good I should listen to it more. Bumped for greatness.

Ire
April 22nd 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hey guys


this album

KILL
April 22nd 2011



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sux

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Ire
April 22nd 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

: (

KILL
April 22nd 2011



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah ive never heard its just i saw metallica in the title and was pissed



AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



16134 Comments


Clouds Taste Metallica m/

Ire
April 22nd 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album rules guys u need it

porch
April 22nd 2011



8450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

do you realize

that your lifestyle determines your deathstyle

Ire
April 22nd 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

metallica

KILL
April 22nd 2011



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if i see metal with another l im like holyshit metallica m/ its just a habbit of being thrash as fuck 24/7



porch
April 22nd 2011



8450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best lips album probably

Ire
April 22nd 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hellyeahbrother

porch
April 22nd 2011



8450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its between this and in a priest driven ambulance

both unfuckwithable

darnielle
April 22nd 2011



221 Comments


this is unbelievable when stoned

Ire
June 17th 2011



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album is believable when sober

wabbit
July 29th 2011



6978 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking beyond perfect. Every song here has been my favourite flips song and half of them have been my favourite song ever.


Also Robin is such an unappreciated reviewer



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