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At War With the Mystics

Flaming Lips

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   The YeahYeahYeah Song...(With All Your Power)   MP3 sample
  2   Free Radicals (A Hallucination Of The Christmas Skeleton Pleading With A Suicide Bomber)   MP3 sample
  3   The Sound Of Failure / It's Dark...Is It Always This Dark??   MP3 sample
  4   My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life As Blazing Shield Of Defiance And Optimism As Celestial Spear Of Action)   MP3 sample
  5   Vein Of Stars   MP3 sample
  6   The Wizard Turns On...The Giant Silver Flashlight And Puts On His Werewolf Moccasins   MP3 sample
  7   It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big...I Am So Small...Do I Stand A Chance?   MP3 sample
  8   Mr. Ambulance Driver   MP3 sample
  9   Haven't Got A Clue   MP3 sample
  10   The W.A.N.D.   MP3 sample
  11   Pompeii am G�tterd�mmerung   MP3 sample
  12   Goin' On   MP3 sample

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Wayne Coyne is everyone's favourite eccentric uncle, so when he sits you down and asks "what would YOU do with all your powers?" and tells you "you're turning into a poor man's Donald Trump" in a voice that sounds like Prince on speed, what CAN you do but become a Flaming Lips fan all over again, as well as, y'know, saving the planet or something?
This follow-up to the concept album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots has been heralded as the Lips' return to their rock side, but it is far more than just the sum of its prog-rock and psychedelic parts.
If Yoshimi nodded towards early '70s Cat Stevens, At War with the Mystics can be heard tipping its musical hat to that decade's Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull (there's even some fuzzy flute on the excellent "The Wizard Turns On"), while Coyne and co explore the very current environment of worldwide political and environmental bullying.
The group's signature wayward experimentation endures, utilising synthy strings, soaring Rhodes, drugged-out distorted riffs and a vocal effect called "Squirrel Parade" to administer joyous rebukes to everyone from war-mongerers to Britney. There's even an entire song, key and chord structure, built around a piercing ambulance siren sample. And, just in case you're thinking that the message might overpower the medium here, Coyne offers this as a summary: "Our rebellion is simply to fight back - we have no solutions".
Fans of the excellent band doco The Fearless Freaks will note that behind-the-scenes musical genius Steven Drozd takes the vocal lead for the first time here, on the galloping "Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung". Highly recommended.
Shipping 18th April 2006

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Artist: Flaming Lips
Album: At War With the Mystics
Cat #: 9362499662
Date: 06/04/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Warner
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , On Sale , Rock
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