Is it just me? Or the cover of this album upside down looks like a witch's face. Try to see her mouth like an eye and the space between the thumb and her cheek as another eye. An her left eye as a mouth. Taking a small cover image, it becomes easier to realize it.. if you can see, comment please. And sorry for my english.
The Flaming Lips led me by the hand into this decade, my vision of the world seemingly astonishingly similar to theirs as I entered my 20s and the residual magic from my childhood deserted me. The Flaming Lips examined the hopelessness of our being renegade apes floating alone in space, and celebrated the fact spectacularly. For me The Flaming Lips were earmarked to be the soundtrack for my Musical Euthanasia Booth.
As well as the harsher sound, Embryonic leads you by the hand into darker territories, but this time the hand isn't giant, nor is it enveloped by a punching nun. While not examining overly dissimilar themes, it seems the price of re-invention is that the glitter dissipates.
Rather than the 'illusion' of Do You Realize? we get Watching the Planets. Which for me is a bare-faced disavowal of everything that made them great. In Watching The Planets 'The Sun's gonna rise' but 'there ain't no answer to find'.
While I don't dislike the album per se, I have to walk away.
I hope you don't still think this way. Nothing on Yoshimi is what made them 'great', and Embryonic was an affirmation of that. It was a return to their harder, noisier roots. It makes more sense that the band that did this also did In a Priest Driven Ambulance
To capture the full experience, I recommend getting a nice stereo or some headphones and spending the next hour and ten minutes experiencing it and just listening. Then you will understand ...  + weed, brosephs and brosephines.
This album is such a success from The Flaming Lips. All the earlier albums are good but man, this one just takes a real space rock fan into the heaven!  indeed
so far one of the best albums ive ever heard y_y
Closer to the Flaming Lips I used to know and love. It marries the noise pop of the early material (which I prefer) to the expanded sonic palette of their later stuff. Anyone who doesn't like this probably thinks The Soft Bulletin is their first album, or something.