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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Review 07 :: The Flaming Lips : Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:32 pm
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The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is #7 on 20 Watts' Best of the Decade List

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

RELEASED: 2002
TOP TRACK: “Do You Realize??”

The Flaming Lips had a lot to live up to after The Soft Bulletin, the 1999 breakthrough album that earned comparisons to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and jetted Wayne Coyne and company to main­stream prominence. But if anyone works well under pressure, it’s clearly The Flaming Lips. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots built on their spacious, psychedelic sound, while staying accessible for new fans.

Artistically, The Flaming Lips sound more accessible on Yoshimi than they did on Bulletin. Experimentation in their earlier work was often messy and avant-garde – think the infamous four-disc splitting of Zaireeka or the noisy would-be concept album Telepathic Surgery. But experimen­tation on tracks like “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2” is more polished, with Coyne dialing up the creativity just enough to sound original, but not enough to lose potential listeners.

This key move opened the doors for The Flaming Lips, who found commercial success shortly after Yoshimi’s 2002 release. To date, it remains one of the band’s greatest albums.

– Chris Parker

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