At War With The Mystics

Warner Bros.
Release date
4 Apr 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (Album Version) 4:54 3,217
2 Free Radicals (Album Version) 3:38 3,269
3 The Sound Of Failure (Album Version) 7:16 2,961
4 My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (Album Version) 4:47 2,932
5 Vein Of Stars (Album Version) 4:14 3,218
6 The Wizard Turns On... (Album Version) 3:40 2,874
7 It Overtakes Me (Album Version) 6:49 2,754
8 Mr. Ambulance Driver (Album Version) 4:20 3,024
9 Haven't Got A Clue (Album Version) 3:23 2,946
10 The W.A.N.D. 3:43 160,614
11 Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung (Album Version) 4:18 2,862
12 Goin' On (Album Version) 3:38 3,211

About this album

At War with the Mystics is the eleventh album by the Flaming Lips. It was released on April 3, 2006, in international markets, and April 4, 2006, in the United States. The album is more guitar-driven and features more politically themed lyrics than The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. “The Wizard Turns On…” won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album was nominated for the Best Alternative Album Grammy. The 5.1 mix of the album was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album in 2008. The track “It Overtakes Me” has gained considerable interest, being featured as the soundtrack to a UK television commercial for Beck’s beer, and “The W.A.N.D.” has been used in European advertisements for Bud Light and for Dell Computers in the UK and the U.S. It includes a different mix of the song, “Mr. Ambulance Driver”, which was originally used as part of the soundtrack to the 2005 film Wedding Crashers.

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  • sls

    album title always makes me think of chrono trigger [3]

    17 Jan 8:29am Reply
  • SnotNosedPunk

    Honestly one of my favs

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    Jesus Goddamn Christ, why is this album mastered so fucking loud?!? "Best Engineered Album" my ass.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • sarcasgnostic

    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"

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Pavski188

    TLDR; listen to this entire album while smoking weed

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Pavski188

    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.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pvmnt

    Really diggin' the vibe of this album :)

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • teamtornado

    i really don't understand why people say this is their worst, i think it's one of their best.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Chumsicles

    it's sad, cause the good songs on here are really good, but the bad songs are so bad. even including the first 3 albums, this is their worst release

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bloomindaedalus

    it master-slaves me.... the genius is incomprehensible: one day people will set this album beside bitches brew, sticky fingers, wish you were here, and revolver, is a truly great masterpiece

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    Possibly their weakest album, but I LOVE the artwork.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • pokedex-

    album title always makes me think of chrono trigger [2~]

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    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.)

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Chumsicles

    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)

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    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.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    It's really weird how the worst Lips album (this one) has the best cover art, and the best Lips album (Clouds) has the worst cover art.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Chumsicles

    I wonder what Wayne thinks of this album in the wake of everything that's come after....

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    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.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Sameh93

    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.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • OxyCyrus

    "Beatles-tier" just made me want to find something else to check out.

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
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