The Soft Bulletin

Release date
31 Jan 2006
Running length
28 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Race for the Prize (Mokran mix) 4:09 18,589
2 A Spoonful Weighs a Ton 3:32 183,950
3 The Spark That Bled 5:55 156,036
4 The Spiderbite Song 4:01 111,458
5 Buggin' (Mokran mix) 3:16 4,619
6 What Is the Light? 4:04 141,261
7 The Observer 4:11 142,432
8 Waitin' for a Superman 4:16 201,175
9 Suddenly Everything Has Changed 3:54 138,860
10 The Gash 4:02 127,521
11 Feeling Yourself Disintegrate 5:17 146,024
12 Sleeping on the Roof 3:09 129,692
13 Race for the Prize 4:17 209,750
14 Waitin' for a Superman (Mokran mix) 4:19 29,581
Waitin' for a Superman (remix) 4:19 37,197
Sleeping On The Roof (Album Version) 3:09 222
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate (Album Version) 5:17 252
The Gash (Album Version) 4:03 240
Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Album Version) 3:54 255
The Observer (Album Version) 4:11 246
What Is The Light? (Album Version) 4:05 268
Buggin' (Remix) (Album Version) 3:16 120
The Spiderbite Song (Album Version) 4:01 289
The Spark That Bled (Album Version) 5:55 294
A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (Album Version) 3:32 216
Race For The Prize (Remix) (Album Version) 4:09 423

About this album

The Soft Bulletin is the ninth album released by The Flaming Lips on May 17, 1999 in the UK, with a US release following on June 22, 1999. It was released to wide critical acclaim and hailed by critics as a departure from their previous guitar-heavy alternative rock sound, into a more layered and intricately arranged work. The album was considered to mark a change in the course for the band, with more traditional catchy melodies and accessible-sounding music (their previous album , 1997’s Zaireeka, was a quadruple album of experimental sounds meant to be played on four separate stereo systems simultaneously) and lyrics that were more serious and thoughtful in content. The album was noted for its fusion of ordinary rock instruments, electronic beats and synthesizers. Its large, layered, symphonic sound has also earned it a reputation as the Pet Sounds of the 1990s from a few critics. The cover artwork of the album is a modified version of a photograph taken by Lawrence Schiller for a1966 Life magazine article on LSD.

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  • porcelain_tree

    Listening to Soft Bulletin is a transcendent experience.

    17 Jul 8:24pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    A wonderful, atmospheric album that shows what The Flaming Lips is capable of. "I stood up, and I said, 'Yeah'!"

    3 Jul 2:44am Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    I wasn't really digging this the first time I sat down to listen to it, but after giving it another listen to it's an album I can really appreciate. The really mellow vibe is what sets it up for me. Definitely one of TFL's best albums, but I still think YBTPR and Embroynic are better in my opinion.

    13 Feb 4:08am Reply
  • Chumsicles

    well their albums are being mastered at progressively higher and higher volumes, starting with this one. It sucks but I've kind of just learned to accept it cause all albums are done like that now. All that aside, this is a really good album but kind of disappointing coming after Zaireeka and Clouds Taste Metallic!

    30 Jan 4:17am Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    "Wish these guys would release an album with a decent mastering job. I've had to quit buying their stiuff as, it all sounds like shit. Sorry, Lips." lol what a fucking nut.

    12 Jan 6:44pm Reply
  • tiufiu

    Hard to top this.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • viniciusazevedo

    One of the best albuns by any band made by anything everyone fuck it ever.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Galinor

    Well done, could be a little more experimental. ;) But as a whole it's a nice and creative, being sometimes childlike, pop-album.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • banas002

    Astounding record, so beautiful.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
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    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tiufiu

    I guess you all would like to take a look at this

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BerzerkOMG

    Where is 'Slow Motion' my fave song off this

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • buranaC

    I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite Lips album.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • e23slack

    Wish these guys would release an album with a decent mastering job. I've had to quit buying their stiuff as, it all sounds like shit. Sorry, Lips.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MatureGambino

    This album is pure mellow perfection.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Just about one of the prettiest albums ever.

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    so many songs on here that i really like... and then the other half of the album completely falls flat for me. it's a shame, but they can't all be Race for the Prize/The Spark That Bled/Suddenly Everything Has Changed.

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • prismism

    Although I don't like the remixes much, sometimes I queue them up after Sleeping on the Roof. It's a reprise victory lap of sorts.

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Pavski188

    love & chemicals

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Metal_Ganon

    The facts that there's remixes thrown into the main album and that they removed one song from each version both *really* bug me. It reeks of commercialism from WB's part.

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
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