The Flaming Lips
7 Skies H3


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron: Non-contributor USER (44 Reviews)
June 15th, 2014 | 30 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent cut of the 24-hour long track, condensed into 50 minutes and on clear wax for those who don't have the time to listen to a 24-hour long Flips track (i.e. everyone but that one extremely hardcore fan with too much time on his hands).

The Flaming Lips surely love gimmicks, and on Record Store Day this year, the band dished out a condensed version of one of their most absurd stunts, 7 Skies H3. Originally a limited release of thirteen copies, and priced at a minimal $5,000 (due to the fact the container for the flash drive was a human skull), 24-Hour Song was made in one take and put the Flips to the ultimate test. And three years and many heady fwends later, Coyne and friends decided to release an edited version of 7 Skies H3 for those unable to listen to the entire track.

7 Skies H3 offers what is considered the highlights of the original track, and to an extent, that is a problem within the album as a good few of the tracks do not gel quite right. Amongst all the loosely-cut tracks, there is a kind of magic to the now-butchered 24-Hour Song. Each track has an allure to it, whether it be the Silver Apples-like vibe in In a Dream or the panicked howls beneath the lush harps in Riot in my Brain!!. That is the beauty of 7 Skies H3 despite its flaws, the ability to make such an ambitious suite such as this and to cut down from such a vast song that spanned god knows how many genres, whether it be ambient music, noise rock, or neo-psychedic. And perhaps that’s why it managed to be so consistent even with some of its problems concerning the flow between the ten tracks. Mainly an instrumental album, 7 Skies H3 is a showcase of all the tricks the Flips have up their sleeves, whether it be Wayne Coyne’s obnoxiously strained voice (whenever he gets a chance to use it that is), Steven Drozd’s virtuosity on the several instruments he takes the helm at, or Kliph Scurlock’s magnificent discipline when it comes to drumming. The group dynamic to say the least, is unbelievable.

7 Skies H3 is far from flawless, and surely could’ve done better in terms of capturing the listener’s attention. However, it manages to grow on them if given the chance and the repeated spins it surely deserves. But for the main concept going on in 7 Skies H3, it is undoubtedly worthy of respect, and is an effort by the Flaming Lips that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. What else is there to be said?

Highlights:
7 Skies H3 (Can't Shut Off My Head)
In a Dream
Requiem
Riot in my Brain!!



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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 15th 2014


13226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wag

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BMDrummer
June 15th 2014


7691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice little review, going to check out the 24 hour version sometime when I get some acid and the house to myself for a day

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

Veldin
June 15th 2014


1240 Comments


would you recommend this to mild Flips fans?

YakNips
June 15th 2014


11235 Comments


better something like this than death metal or emo

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YakNips
June 15th 2014


11235 Comments


I have it ready whenever I need it

BMDrummer
June 15th 2014


7691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yak, what is that picture?

ArsMoriendi
June 15th 2014


4460 Comments


Hmmm I mean this sounds like it'd be cool, but I think I should explore 90s Flaming Lips first.

Digging: The Doors - L.A. Woman

YakNips
June 15th 2014


11235 Comments


that picture is a super-close-up of former sputnik user 36chambers tripping on acid at a concert.

here is the original picture http://i.imgur.com/nLInYCt.jpg

BMDrummer
June 15th 2014


7691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I see, nice

TheBarber
June 16th 2014


1963 Comments


"clouds taste metallic mixed with the terror"

this hard, record is magical

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Muisc4Life26
June 16th 2014


2706 Comments


I got to check this album out.

Pheromone
June 17th 2014


3542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Riot in my Brain!! is crazy good

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johnnyblaze
June 17th 2014


2608 Comments


so my sister got me this on record store day, but ive been out of the country working and still haven't heard it. stoked to see this review.

Pheromone
June 17th 2014


3542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

skipped rsd but I regret not searching for this now

AdolfChrist
June 17th 2014


1770 Comments


im only 12 minutes in and holy fuck, this is up there with some of their best work. better than The Terror so far. god i fucking love the Lips.

TheBarber
June 17th 2014


1963 Comments


First track coupled with the second is god tier lips

AdolfChrist
June 17th 2014


1770 Comments


Battling Voices From Beyond is almost too mindblowing.

AdolfChrist
June 17th 2014


1770 Comments


this makes 3 awesome albums this band has released within 2 years. they are on a fuckin roll.

TheBarber
June 17th 2014


1963 Comments


yeah I think they've now become my definite favorite band

dimsim3478
June 17th 2014


5075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember parts of the 24 hour version being pretty awesome (isn't there like 6 hours of improv on it?). The 320 MP3 is like 3GB.

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