First published on www.13thfloor.co.nz
There’s no denying that this album is a difficult listen. Like all their work, defining exactly which planet they were on when they made this is as much a challenge as a truth. Fact or fiction it’s clear though that The Flaming Lips are not returning to any of their previous celestial destinations any time soon. Gone are the ethereal confetti coated unicorn art rock and Martian invader thematics that defined their first 25 years. At least, for now, there will be no returns to the Pink Robot battles of Yoshimi as a darker mood has rolled in and the outlook shows those particular stardust clouds will be milling gloomily around the hills for some time to come.