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The Flaming Lips
Clouds Taste Metallic


4.5
superb

Review

by br3ad_man EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 87 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic

"Clouds Taste Metallic" was the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Transmissions From The Satellite Heart". Released in 1995, this record was (by many accounts, but not all) a step up from "Transmissions From The Satellite Heart". It's easy to see why. The record is full of trademark upbeat, fun catchy songs, wierd sounds and Wayne Coyne's oddball lyrics and songtitles. This record was also released before "Zaireeka" and "The Soft Bulletin" and hints at what the future of the band would have been.

The Band
Wayne Coyne - Vocals/Guitar/Songwriting
Ronald Jones - Guitar
Michael Ivins - Bass
Steven Drozd - Drums

Despite the fact that "Clouds Taste Metallic" received a lot of critical praise, it didn't find much acceptance with fans and reduced the Flaming Lips back to their 'cult status'. For someone who knows nothing about The Flaming Lips, they could easy be forgiven for thinking that Wayne Coyne is either insane or on a large quantity of drugs. One only needs to look at the song titles and listen to some of the lyrics to understand that Wayne Coyne isn't exactly 'a normal guy'. It is, however, through Coyne's wierdness that this record suceeds. It's hard to imagine this music with lyrics about "normal" subjects.

As mentioned earlier, this album hints at what the band were looking at doing with later works such as "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots". That said, this is a brilliant album in it's own right, and in many ways, better than it's predecessors. While a lot of the moods and sounds are quite similar, the instrumentation is a lot less spacey and electronic. It makes use of fun and silly guitar sounds, distorted bass lines and groovy drum beats. Many of the song titles are long and sometimes seem nonsensical with titles such as "Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saved The World".Some of the tracks on the album are just silly but fun to listen to ("Brainville, "This Here Giraffe", "Christmas At The Zoo"), some rock harder than others ("Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saved The World", "Lightning Strikes The Postman") and others just fall in the middle.

The drums on the album are powerful and work alongside the instruments, as well as coming foward in the overall mix. Coyne's voice is not technically good, but with this music, there is no way the band could have a better singer. The bass is especically interesting in the way it is used to create different melodies, rather than just playing "doo doo doo doo" rhythms. The most interesting is the way the two guitars work together, creating different melodies around each other without overpowering one another. While the album doesn't have as many different crazy effects and sounds as it's followers, there are many different sounds on offer for the listener. There are a few epic tracks ("Bad Days" being an example") on the album in the vein of "In The Morning Of The Magicians" or "The Spark That Bled".
The album's opener (possibly the best track on the album), "Abandoned Hospital Ship" makes use of some nice piano parts to kick it off.

Despite all of the comparisons to the band's later work, this album is just as good, if not better than "Yoshimi..." or "The Soft Bulletin". The album has it's own sound and it definitely isn't as dark as the band's early material and it feels much happier than the more recent Flaming Lips records as well, despite some titles like "Evil Will Prevail". While the album does have it's own sound, it feels like more of a big mash of songs that are all related, rather than an record with different specifically defined songs. This is both a good and a bad thing. The one great thing about this record, however, is that there is not one bad song on it to be found. There are no repetetive and often boring instrumentals that will have the listener reaching for the skip button (these were found on "Yoshimi" and "Soft Bulletin"). Overall, "Clouds Taste Metallic" is an excellent and fun record with very few flaws. It's hard not to reccomend almost every track.

Pros
- Great sounds with a good mix of musical styles
- Fun music that anyone can like
- Good melodies
- Lots of new things to discover with each listen

Cons
- Some listeners may not like the odd lyrics
- Songs aren't always clearly defined
- Production could be a litter smoother

Reccomended Tracks
Abandoned Hospital Ship
Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
This Here Giraffe
Brainville
Christmas At The Zoo
Bad Days [Aurally Excited Version][Mix]

FINAL RATING: 4.7/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Happymeal
December 19th 2004


330 Comments


I actually saw this album back home, but I was an alien to them that time. I'll keep an eye out for this. Great review as always, br3ad;)

Badmoon
December 19th 2004


384 Comments


Nice review :thumb:

And I am glad someone finally reviewed this.

Bad Days > all

Tangy zizzle
December 19th 2004


253 Comments


For shame...

OrbDragon
December 19th 2004


152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review....everyone should go out and buy this one. "Placebo Headwound" rox my world. There is not one bad song on there...but hey, I have yet to hear a bad Flips song.

VaporFace
December 19th 2004


6 Comments


Great album! Good review! One of my favorite flaming lips albums.

owlandtree
December 20th 2004


47 Comments


Good review. I love this album! Friendly suggestion, next time rate songs individually.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 20th 2004


2126 Comments


[QUOTE=owlandtree]Friendly suggestion, next time rate songs individually.[/QUOTE]

I don't do that anymore.

Tapeworm
December 20th 2004


118 Comments


Great review man. I need to buy pretty much all the rest of the Flips albums.

Skullder
December 20th 2004


4 Comments


give me the flaming sideburns..

Aeaon
July 31st 2005


188 Comments


When You Smile makes me happy and bouncy with joy.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 31st 2005


2126 Comments


The Abandoned Hospital Ship may be the best song ever.

Aeaon
July 31st 2005


188 Comments


When You Smile is better.

OrbDragon
August 11th 2005


152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best songs on this album are:



Brainville

Bad Days

This Here Giraffe

Lightning Strikes The Postman

When You Smile

Placebo Headwound

Christmas At The Zoo



Everything is perfect about these 7 songs...every note, every lyric, every

melody. The rest of the album measures really closely to cope with it.





This band is just brilliant. I like the older pre-Transmissions stuff...but

everything from Transmissions they've released deserves a perfect rating.

There is no reason why their latest release shouldn't be either. 6 more

months...and counting the seconds!

This Message Edited On 08.11.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 12th 2005


2126 Comments


I like Abandoned Hospital Ship best.

Aeaon
August 16th 2005


188 Comments


Well I guess I respect your opinion then.

pulseczar
August 16th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i saw the this here giraffe video on tv a while ago, heh, this album is awesome but the soft bulletin remains my favourite

OrbDragon
October 29th 2005


152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"When You Smile" is such a sweet song. I can listen to that over and over.

Arrakakaka
November 14th 2005


685 Comments


This is on my 'to get' list.

Morvit
March 18th 2006


71 Comments


i just love bad day's lyrics...

ToolBox
May 24th 2006


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quite possibly my favorite album of the 90s.



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