Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Spoonful Weighs A Ton

Trading in frivolous, screechy guitar-driven songs for lush, complicated orchestral arrangements, the Lips wholly reinvented themselves on 1999's The Soft Bulletin.

Taking full advantage of the concept album concept, Coyne & Co. transformed their sound and in turn transported their listeners to a strange new world. And no, it wasn't Oklahoma.

Not unlike Radiohead's 1997 benchmark, OK Computer, Bulletin was both bold and vast in its aspirations, albeit much happier. It transcended the tenets of 'alternative music'. The attempt was by all means a success, adequately preparing both the Lips and their listeners for the new millennium with some really amazing music.

Race For The Prize
- The Flaming Lips (Later...with Jools Holland, 11/99)

A Spoonful Weighs A Ton- The Flaming Lips (The Pageant, St. Louis, 08/06)

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