Review Summary: A good addition for any fan, but get this after Yoshimi and Soft Bulletin
This EP consists of four original songs and three remixes of songs found on Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
. The album transitions from the signature Flaming Lips sound to three electronic remixes of Do You Realize??
and Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell
. After the remixes it returns to an original song, A Change At Christmas
The album opens with Assassination of the Sun
, a track with upbeat music, but lyrics conflicting to the mood of the music itself. This song is the best on the album, although closely followed by Sunship Balloons
. A good song overall, and a good opener to the album.
The EP continues with the very soft instrumental track, I'm A Fly in A Sunbeam
. This song is a good one to just sit back and relax to, as if most Flaming Lips songs aren't. Fourth best on the album.
The next song is Sunship Balloons
, and it flows flawlessly from the previous track, and is more or less a continuation of it. The song starts off with a narration backed by wordless singing, then goes into straight up singing after a short time. This song is the second best on the album.
The first of the remix tracks, Do You Realize??
is not an improvement on the original by any means. All emotion was stripped from this song when they chose to industrialize it. The same goes for the other remixes, but to a lesser degree, because the original was arguably the best on Yoshimi
has two remixes, one is slower, and one is more upbeat. Both are not bad tracks when looked at individually, however when compared to the original, they are not very good songs, just like Do You Realize??
The EP concludes with A Change At Christmas
. This song provides a well needed break from the horrendous remixes, and is not a bad song by any means. This is the happiest song on the album and is also the third best.
All in all, this EP is a good buy, but buy The Soft Bulletin
and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
, as they are more worth your money. This album gets a 3/5