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20 Watts Reviews The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands” by JohnCassillo
July 22, 2009, 12:31 am
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"Silver Trembling Hands" is a first look at The Flaming Lips' 12th release, Embryonic

"Silver Trembling Hands" is a first look at The Flaming Lips' 12th release, Embryonic

PREVIEW: Download The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands” MP3

Before hearing “Silver Trembling Hands,” I was already excited about The Flaming Lips‘ upcoming release, Embryonic.  Now I’m downright giddy. Their first full-length album since 2006’s At War with the Mystics has seemingly brought about a change in the band for the better. They’re back to making music that’s a bit more adventurous, and a bit less confined to the normal conventions of guitar rock.

Right away, I was hooked by the sonic distractions and quick pace on “Silver Trembling Hands.” It’s a layered and complicated mass of sound, bringing images of Radiohead‘s OK Computer, and of course, their own Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Then we reach the last minute or so, which actually borders on avant garde — something I never thought I’d be able to say about The Flaming Lips. Still, it’s a welcome progression that has me anxious for September 29th, Embryonic‘s official release date.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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5 Comments

CANNOT WAIT for the new Lips album! Hearing another Yoshimi would be great. At War with the Mystics didn’t really do it for me

Comment by vilbobag

Same. I felt At War with the Mystics was a bit too straightforward for them.

Comment by johncassillo

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