At War With The Mystics

I guess, if you ask you shall receive. Sometimes. So, I still have some friends and colleagues with whom I keep in touch with who are still in the music industry. This is always a good thing when you are looking for an advance copy of a record. I have been anticipating this new Flaming Lips record since their last record came out in 2002 and was mildly disappointed. Yes, the songs were good on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, but the sonics were lacking and that is, a lot of the time, 50% of it for me. I was hoping for a re-birth again from this innovative and ground breaking rock band.

But to tell you the truth, after just one listen of At War With The Mystics there’s maybe one song I can actually listen through the whole way. It all just sounds like a half-assed throwback to 70s classic rock (a la Bowie circa 1975, Sweet & a tad bit of Zappa from the early 70s – yeah, no shit.) with that stereotypical indie feel and a drop of cheap acid on the tongue. It’s just a shame that they went backwards to the same vibe they had with Yoshimi. Maybe I need to wait one more record for them to reinvent themselves again. Maybe I need to give it another try. It’s not to say this record is crap, they’ve just done it before. And I expected more from a band like the Flaming Lips. And better. And different. I do have to say that the cut Free Radicals sounds just like Wayne listened to Prince’s first two records and regurgitated them in to a song. It might be worth it to some people simply for that.

I do still have the records I love from them and nothing will ever change that.

Oh yeah, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Smooches for everyone.

1 Response to “At War With The Mystics”


  • You should have listened to it more than once before posting your opinion of it. Sure, you might have the same opinion after numerous listens, but it takes a couple of listens before it sinks in properly at least.

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