The Flaming Lips
The Terror


4.0
excellent

Review

by Guilherme Boldrin USER (15 Reviews)
April 6th, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A charming and soft way of psychedelic dream.

The Flaming Lips did several changes in their always changing musical journey in their 2009 album Embryonic, it was remarkable most by its mad and distorted groovy drum lines, lots of off odd noises and some strange psychedelic lyrics expressed in creative vocal lines that turned that album on some-kind of atmospheric experimental soundtrack for a modern revival of a 70'' psychedelic party mixed with a modern rave feel.

If you compare the differences among the cover art of those two albums, you can realize, in a very well done work of esthetic, what is all about in the music of the album. The Embryonic cover art is much more electric and clearly powerful effort, while The Terror has a much more contemplative touch.

The Terror seems to be the end of a big party, after hours and hours of trips across the night, with visions and danceable anthems as “Watching the Planets”, The Terror stays where it is time to sit on a nice place to watch the sunset and finally slow down without ever losing the sense of psychedelia. It has a much more subtle sound-scape, soft harmonies, slow vocals without the sense of drama that used to fix in your mind and never let go. It's a much calmer but still noisy effort, which seems to be a lot more influenced by ambient music, as Brian Eno, and sometimes a feeling as it is some-kind of new wave sound on acid.

Even being a much more slowed down and soft relaxing music, this album has moments of experimentation and a pretty much large collection of cool psychedelic riffs, charming keyboard melodies and chorus creative and concise lines. The song 'You lust', for a stand-out example, is a seven minute odyssey through a whole lot of different moments and slowed synergies of different realms of atmosphere. It has some very cool touches of more groovy and danceable drum and bass works, followed by a long ambient moment with rich and transcendental vocal lines.

It's still impressive in this album how they can bring a very singular kind of atmosphere and at the same time a whole lot of different kinds of sounds and tones. It's very electronic and repetitive at times, and the lyrics last long periods of time sounding a little like a mantra. The Flaming lips has somewhat actualized the dense and a little dark sound brought to earth by Pink Floyd on albums like a “A Saurceful of Secrets” with its some-kind of occult thematic. I can see even Krautrock influences for sure, being by that double vein that the progressive heritage appears on The Terror.
It's an album with less stand out moments in comparison with Embryonic but, at the same time, The Terror has less bad moments. It is also a much different form of music than the monumental pop-like anthems albums such as “The Soft Bulletin” and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”. It is a more ambient and mature way of psychedelic and is highly indicated for those who enjoyed Embryonic but maybe a little hard to swallow for the old and traditional fans.

Certainly a cool moment will happen If you put this LP in your future open air party. It is hard to see through those several layers of lightning and dreamy walls of sound, but i'm sure the reward will be great: it sounds more like an astral experience than a simple musical listening. You have to let it go, walking on search for inner knowledge. Or you can just daydream in a soft evening. Look how the sun slips through the clouds, close your ways and pay attention to several kinds of red and black in the stains of your own eyes, and then, please try to explain.

Highlights:

Turn It On (very cool wave to start the album)
Be Free, a Way (Beautiful vocal lines)
You Lust (lots of worlds)
Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die (Strong and strange)
We Don't Control the Controls (Epic and ambient at the same time)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
breakingthefragile
April 6th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh right this is out in the UK right now. Lucky bastards.

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ViperAces
April 6th 2013


12428 Comments


damn i need this

toxin.
April 6th 2013


12410 Comments


I didn't like what I heard off here. I'll give a serious listen when it's out though

porch
April 6th 2013


8460 Comments


haven't listened but i feel like i'll agree with this guy on rym

"abstraction and noise for abstraction and noise's sake. they're still pulling the whole "hey look at how wacky we are!" shit
they've done since "embryonic" without actually doing anything, and for that, it'll get labelled as "TtLY rAw d00d! this is the lips
that i miss!" by practically everyone"

they've released so much crap since embryonic

porch
April 6th 2013


8460 Comments


come at me ire

someguest
April 6th 2013


20527 Comments


HEY WAYNE, THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN A STUPID HIPPY

robin
Emeritus
April 6th 2013


4248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"abstraction and noise for abstraction and noise's sake. they're still pulling the whole "hey look at how wacky we are!" shit
they've done since "embryonic" without actually doing anything, and for that, it'll get labelled as "TtLY rAw d00d! this is the lips
that i miss!" by practically everyone"


nah man this is really off base

album isn't abstracting or even particularly noisy except for a couple of tracks, and then it's just like, one guitar max. this is just an album of drones modulated into gloomy songs that are easy to latch on to

i really don't like embryonic anymore but i adore this

this is also the last wacky, least shit-stirring thing they've done in so so long

oubli
April 6th 2013


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually I found it much better than Embryonic...

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2013


3395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm not the biggest fan of The Terror, but Be Free, A Way is really nice. the rest is okay, but nothing spectacular

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porch
April 6th 2013


8460 Comments


nah man this is really off base


alright word

still not in a rush to hear this although i'll probably always have a soft spot for their 90s and early 00s stuff

robin
Emeritus
April 6th 2013


4248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

mmm i have so much history with that era of the band. i'm glad i liked this because i just couldn't bring myself to give a shit about anything between embryonic and this

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this feels more like that era of Flaming Lips than anything they've done since Clouds Taste Metallic imo (or I guess Zaireeka came out after that one I think). I think older FLips fans could dig it (I had this conversation last night with a chick whose bible is Transmissions from the Satellite Heart).

decent review, still holding my breath for klap's though.

YankeeDudel
April 6th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crazy how little hype this is getting. do kids only like senses fail now or what Im gettin old

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 6th 2013


13134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 6th 2013


13134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

title track is my fav

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

one of my favourites of the year so far for sure

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2013


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wonderful record. Not a big Flaming Lips fan in general, but I should listen more to their back-catalogue it seems.

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scissorlocked
April 7th 2013


3510 Comments


album cover is awesome

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2013


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sad that this is all the attention it is getting here.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013


10414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9 | Sound Off

ill have a review this week i think

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