From the opener of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: "I don't know where the sunbeams end and the starlights begin, it's all a mystery; and I don't know how a man decides what's right for his own life, it's all a mystery..."
From the opener of this: "YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH"
it's like anything before this album never happened, or at least existed in an alternate form. a completely new and fresh take on an already fantastic group. some of it reminds me of the meandering complexity of soft bulletin yet in a more concentrated way, almost polar is a sense. The thick, full parts engage you in full force and are offset in just the right way by the more reserved songs, changing between the two at just the right time and occasionally within he same song; its certainly an album meant to be heard in it's entirety. anyway, fuck shit up and get laid.
I'm not acting like they don't exist. I just don't think it would be fair for me to pass judgement on those albums, as I haven't listened to them very much (yet). The point is, the Flaming Lips have been an extremely consistent band since Priest, imo, and this is the only seriously flawed album they've released since then. And there's plenty of justification out there. v Chumsicles just summed it up nicely. By the way, you're not giving much justification as to why it's NOT the worst. (Don't get me wrong, you're certainly entitled to your opinion.)
well it has some really great songs on it, but it's very patchy with half of the album consisting of either really bad songs (It Overtakes Me, Free Radicals) or songs that could've been good ruined by stupid arrangements (Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, The Wizard Turns On)
Everything they have made starting with In a Priest Driven Ambulance is pure gold. So yeah, this is easily the worst of the bunch, in my opinion. To be fair, it's ruined by only a few mediocre songs and one REALLY bad song. The rest is excellent.
Everyone hates Yeah Yeah Yeah Song? Jesus, that's the only thing besides Cosmic Autumn Rebellion that I find memorable about this record. It's hard for me to get into it too much and although songs like Pompeii and the W.A.N.D. sound pretty good live, I never find myself ever wanting to listen to this one too much. Especially considering what's come before and after it, At War With the Mystics is an easily forgettable record.
It's like they just lost all of what makes them so special during the writing of this album. It's not a bad album by any means but it's so boringly and un-exceedingly average that I just really don't want to listen to it all that much.
Goin On would be a nice relaxed b-side but it makes Mystics go out with a whimper. look at Transmissions or Clouds or Embryonic for how Pompeii would be a great closer. maybe let it fade out for 30 seconds if it's too abrupt.
How can people say that this is underrated when it's one of their most popular and commercially successful albums?
I think it's a mess. The b-sides are better than some of the album tracks and everything is just too overproduced... there's too much shit crammed into every song, and the dumb pop songs are some of the Lips' worst. The spacey prog stuff is good, though.