Embryonic

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  • Summary: The latest album for the rock band features guest appearances by MGMT, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O, and German mathematician, Dr. Thorsten Wormann.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Ten years after their last masterpiece, The Flaming Lips have finally produced another one.
  2. We can only hope that, as we enter the 2010s, Embryonic portends yet another new phase for the Flaming Lips--one that's equally as improbable and rewarding as the ones that have preceded it.
  3. Embryonic works so staggeringly well because it's so unafraid to place itself in the lineage of unapologetically over-the-top rock album.
  4. To write it off too early would be criminal, as Embryonic represents The Flaming Lips at their most awkward, most engaging, and most creative.
  5. Equal parts overwhelming and intoxicating, Embryonic is a trip worth taking.
  6. At 18 tracks and well over an hour running time, it is everything you have come to expect from The Flaming Lips. [Fall 2009, p.58]
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    Embryonic has a cloudy feel, full of hulking, malformed basslines, distorted drums, and melodies that circle without ever ascending. [Nov 2009, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 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 andAbsolutely 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 Expand
  2. Mikeh
    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    Hands down the album of the year unless someone delives a miracle by NYE. The vitality and energy here is shocking. This is a truly great Hands down the album of the year unless someone delives a miracle by NYE. The vitality and energy here is shocking. This is a truly great rock band, and this is a truly great experimental record that takes tremendous risks. Expand
  3. raelt
    Oct 13, 2009
    10
    Since when the observer, guardian and rolling stones understand REAL music? this should be album of the year, period. Metacritic better Since when the observer, guardian and rolling stones understand REAL music? this should be album of the year, period. Metacritic better weight better the real critics with the lousy, mainstream ones. Expand
  4. panopticon
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This gives Grizzly Bear a real competitor for Album of 2009.
  5. AlB
    Oct 14, 2009
    9
    Superb - back to their psych roots and loving it! One of the best albums of the year and their career.
  6. JoeyBlow
    Oct 15, 2009
    9
    Weirdly fantastic. Early Floyd meets John Cage.
  7. GT
    Oct 17, 2009
    6
    All of the songs are just jams. That's really cool and all, but none of the songs have a real backbone. Just some drum beat with a bass All of the songs are just jams. That's really cool and all, but none of the songs have a real backbone. Just some drum beat with a bass line and weird noises with Wayne "singing". Collapse

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