The Flaming Lips
Peace Sword


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Review

by Non-contributor USER (42 Reviews)
December 30th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 11/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The dream is ending, and the peace sword doesn't seem so peaceful...

2013 has been a rather prolific year for The Flaming Lips: from the brooding The Terror in April, to Wayne Coyne’s tour of midwestern stores promoting a reissue of the band’s debut EP, this year has not only graced the record-buying public with an album, but with an EP running at 36 minutes, essentially another LP. Peace Sword, inspired by Orson Scott Card’s classic novel, Ender’s Game, Peace Sword is vaguely a concept album based on Card’s novel. Carrying over The Terror’s bleak, dystopian atmosphere, as well as extremely fragile, Peace Sword translates Ender’s plot of humanity nearing extinction wrought upon by an alien race very well.

Peace Sword, spanning six tracks, delivers some of the best music the Lips have put on tape. Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) builds up with Coyne’s repetition of the refrain, and degrades from a symphonic celebration, to a powerful, depressive mood. Is the Black at the End Good uses self-doubt as its theme, and to great effect, becoming the highlight of the EP in the process. If They Move, Shoot ‘Em, one of the EP’s downcast tracks, features an attention-grabbing buildup with an equally compelling drum break.

Assassin Beetle - The Dream Is Ending, the finale of the EP, builds up over its ten minute run time, beginning with synthesizers further painting the desolate world of Ender’s Game, continuing with several lyrical and instrumental motifs from previous tracks, as well the mantra “The dream is ending” over the endless electronic drone growing ever louder.

With 36 minutes of original new music, Peace Sword manages to impress and improve on any issues present on The Terror. The fact that the Lips are churning stuff out of this quality, even thirty years on, is something to be lauded for years to come; nonetheless, Peace Sword is something worth checking out, whether you’re a fan or not.



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YoYoMancuso
December 30th 2013


11080 Comments


lol 36-minute EP

good review man pos'd

Ire
December 30th 2013


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album

jtswope
December 30th 2013


2148 Comments


Haven't even heard this yet. Looking forward to it though. Pos'd

InbredJed
December 30th 2013


5887 Comments


oh dayumn

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SmersH
December 30th 2013


410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice, now i'm sad for having passed over this on my last vinyl run.


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ethos
December 30th 2013


1788 Comments


kinda weird that i randomly decided to check out the rest of the flaming lip's discog and they have recently released an EP correlated to ender's game

i'm reading speaker of the dead right now too so laughing at the coincidence ==
wayne wags for doing whatever he wants and always will wag along with the rest of them for the rest of eternity

THERE ARE BUGGERS AMONG US


mryrtmrnfoxxxy
December 31st 2013


13139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

wag

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Jethro42
December 31st 2013


12440 Comments


good review posd

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


wag

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ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


dling right now

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


i feel better now

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


it opened my heart

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


just listening to it

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


getting higher and higher

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


i can touch the stars

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


the dream ended just now though

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2014


5897 Comments


jamming allison right now

good times

Wadlez
January 7th 2014


4096 Comments


Opener is fantastic..

SeedsofNone
January 7th 2014


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

open your heart to me

TheBarber
January 15th 2014


1963 Comments


Wow how come I missed this, should stop dissing EP's

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