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Album of the Week: The Flaming Lips, The Terror

By April 3, 2013

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Band: The Flaming Lips
Album: The Terror
Label: Warner Bros.
Release Date: April 2, 2013

After the messy Embryonic and goofy The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, The Flaming Lips plunge deep into the darkness on The Terror.

The Terror will be viewed, at least in some corners, as a somewhat confusing entry in The Flaming Lips' confusing discography. The 13th (or so) official album for Oklahoma's most (in)famous rock'n'roll sons will cause some to scratch their heads; the band who once gave the world the defiant joys of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots settling in for an album of sustained darkness and dissonance. But take a long-picture view of this, and perhaps The Terror is The Flaming Lips' return to form; so to speak. Not an aberration, but a correction. All the hijinks that've so made for blog fodder over the years —the caps-lock Twitter feed and Gummy vaginas and esoteric one-offs and celebrity studio hook-ups— aren't what's weird. Their very popularity —Grammy-nominated, Justin Timberlake-loved heroes of Summer Festival Season— is, instead, the career curveball...

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