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Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Flaming Lips - "The Sun"

Well here goes. My first review will be of a song by The Flaming Lips who I believe to be one of the best bands in the world right now (and for quite some time now.) Their most recent album has been Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots which probably saw their greatest commercial success yet. But many Lips fans would argue that any one of their albums was their peak. As with most really great bands there's not just one album, song, or style that defines them. And some fans prefer one style or another.

The mp3 for today is "The Sun" the 3rd track from 1992's Hit To Death In The Future Head, their first album on a major label (Warner Brothers.)

Heavily influenced by 1960s psychedelia The Sun enters with assorted strange sounds (what sounds like strings being tuned or detuned) and drum track which pans from side to side. The vocals enter with the lyrics "And The Sun Goes Over Me." which is repeated drenched in harmonies until the 1:35 mark. Throughout there are little riffs played on horns and strings sounding very Sgt Pepper era Beatles.

At the 1:35 mark what could be called a verse enters. This section sounds a lot like Carol King's "So Far Away" (Rod Stewart had a popular version of this.)

The lyrics are "you'd be kind to see your face at my door, it wouldn't have to last very long, you'd be so kind to see your face in my door, i wouldn't have to ask anymore."

These two sections then begin to play overtop of each other.

While this song doesn't really "go anywhere" - I feel it captures the mood of dreamy spaced out psychedelia quite well. Probably not one of the greatest songs in The Flaming Lips catalogue but one that's always attracted me.

i'll give it a juicy 7.5/10.

and I definitly recommend the album. Hit To Death In The Future Head.

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