Embryonic - The Flaming Lips
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 86
  2. Negative: 3 out of 86

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  1. Dec 16, 2010
    9
    Embryonic is a different sounding type of Flaming Lips album. All of it sounds perfect though. They experiment with a lot of different noises in this album and they slow down their songs in a few. It sorta sounds like they went back to Yoshimi roots. And all of it sounds great. "Aquarius Sabotage", "Evil", "Powerless" and "See The Leaves" are all great tracks. All In All, The Flaming Lips still haven't made an album that surpasses Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, but Embryonic comes the closest to it. A- Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    10
    In a word, It's brilliant. In several, It's simply in a world of it's own, easily on a par with Soft Bulletin or Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. I love it.
  3. Sep 3, 2011
    10
    The Flaming Lips are my favorite band. I did not like this album at first, though. I said it was disappointing. I changed my mind later. Its different from every other Flaming Lips album. After Yoshimi The Flaming Lips seemed to have been going in a different direction with their music, starting with At War With The Mystics and continuing with Embryonic. Embryonic is very experimental, and very electronic. Songs like See The Leaves, Evil, and Powerless are some of my favorites. Also, its a much longer album than previous Flaming Lips albums. It is, however, nonetheless a very good album. Collapse
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    10
    Absolutely flawless. This album is a fu*king machine! Embryonic has a soul, extreme creativity and of course, a moody, yet familiar and heavenly Flaming Lips ambient. Oh well, we ARE talking about THE Lips, so, what else were we expecting... Another brutal win :P
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Although I gather there's a concept here, knowing what it is might ruin the gently wigged-out dystopianism the lyrics cozy up to. More important, it might undercut the otherwise irreducible pleasures of their exploding guitars, unworldly synths, and crazy drums.
  2. Little about Embryonic is clear-cut or straightforward -- these noisy, pensive, sometimes meandering songs take awhile to decipher and often feel like they're still in the process of becoming. These very qualities, however, make these songs some of the Flaming Lips most haunting and intriguing music in some time.
  3. Embryonic is not as strange as "Zaireeka,'' the Lips' play-four-CDs-at-the-same-time experiment, but it's up there. On the other hand, Embryonic is completely absorbing. It grows on you in a way that the earlier records simply cannot do.