The Flaming Lips
Imagene Peise: Atlas Eets Christmas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
December 14th, 2014 | 51 replies


Release Date: 11/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At last...

Never have The Flaming Lips been ones to shy away from expanding upon their own experimental tendencies, no matter the reception. Whether it be a Beatles cover album with nonsensical sound effects and filters, or an hour-long edit of a behemoth day-long song, the band have not only been the kings of gimmickry, but have championed experimentation as their main goal, to see how far they can take both aspects to the extreme. However, on ”Atlas Eets Christmas”, the experimentation is thrown right out the back door in favor of the best time of the year: Christmas. Yes! It’s another Christmas album, following the ”Christmas on Mars” soundtrack, this time focusing on covers of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes, as well as an original track right in the middle, and another near the end. Originally released as a limited CD back in 2007 under the name of “Imagene Peise”, ”Atlas” lacks the psych-pop freak outs of other albums, going for a more reserved, peaceful sound this time around. This change shows throughout its 37 minute long run-time, trading in guitars and synths for bass and piano.

Aside from the history of the album, there’s little to say about the album itself. Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows the music on here - save for two new tracks, the title track being one of them (as sung by Steven Drozd through a dozen filters or two). The track fits in mightily well with the other tunes and standards of the album, and features vocals, some of the very few throughout the album. Other tracks such as ”Silver Bells” and ”Frosty the Snowman” sound just the same as they did in previous years, just with a Flaming Lips twist, laden with vocal-esque synthesizers and sitar that is complimented with a jazz-like rhythm similar to the compositions of Vince Guaraldi.

With this release, it makes 2014 one of the band’s most eventful years: a dispute within in the band led to drummer Kliph Scurlock’s departure; a collaboration album for the ages (that underwhelmed beyond anyone’s expectations), another metaphysical dump on a classic Pink Floyd album (as a joke this time), and us learning that the Electric Wurms’ music is really, really hard to twerk to. It’s been a long, hard and strenuous year, so why not relax by the fire with a cup of eggnog and listen to an album of cheerful, jolly Christmas tunes - preferably the one and only ”Atlas Eets Christmas”.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Infinite love from Drozd... 50.



"Atlas Eets Christmas": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS0RmncvVqA

Digging: Ichiko Aoba - QP

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Christmas music for those unwilling to go to Mars or for those who need more Twerk-accessible musical sound waves on red wax.

SharkTooth
December 14th 2014


13854 Comments


bah humbug

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

m-muh christmas

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


40749 Comments


Infinite Love for Drozd
pos

BMDrummer
December 14th 2014


14352 Comments


well the flips continue this crusade i guess

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


40749 Comments


The crusade to make good music?


















ye

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ye ye ye

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

why is that?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

well this wouldn't be the best place to start in the first place. no big deal though.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The Soft Bulletin (the vinyl tracklisting) and Embryonic are better albums.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


40749 Comments


The Soft Bulletin will change your life agreed

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

what is the light, exactly?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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someguest
December 14th 2014


29865 Comments


these guys are immensely overrated around these parts

TheSpaceMan
December 14th 2014


11574 Comments


nah they deserve it, there are a lot weaker bands that sput over appreciates

the newer releases aren't as good as everyone makes em out to be though

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


40749 Comments


Are you kidding? BM, Fripp, SpaceMan and I are basically the only users who ever comment on their threads

someguest
December 14th 2014


29865 Comments


The Flaming Lips have a really bad habit of turning everything that's spacey and drugged out about progressive music into something robotic and void of any feeling at all.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yet this is barely like that though, it's more similar to an album of jazz standards

someguest
December 14th 2014


29865 Comments


I wouldn't know since I haven't listened to this album.

And I won't, either.



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