The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1999-05-17

The Flaming Lips are a restless band--their 1994 album, Zaireeka,was released on four separate CDs, the idea being that you played them simultaneously on four separate stereos to benefit from their full effect. The only flaw in this delightful plan is that not very many people have four stereos; but as unquenchably optimistic chief songwriter Wayne Coyne points out, "You could invite all your friends to bring their stereos over and have a happening." Compared to this, Soft Bulletin is as sane as a nun. A paint-box explosion of psychedelia and bubble gum pop--"Race For The Prize" even dented the Top 40 --Soft Bulletin is the sound of a band racing their peers to invent the music of the future. The drums are all "Lust For Life"'s Neanderthal funk; whilst the guitars alternately melt, fry and squeal through the whole psychedelic kaleidoscope. Almost guaranteed to be seminal. --Caitlin Moran

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