The Soft Bulletin

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.
  2. 100
    This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.
  3. A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.
  4. An impossibly multi-tracked masterwork of excess, abrasion, and indefinable beauty.
  5. A vertiginous rainbow swirl that crams so many ideas into so many tight spaces that each track is like a perfectly rendered Joseph Cornell box.
  6. The Soft Bulletin provides an exquisite soundtrack to have blasting in the car at night.
  7. The Soft Bulletin posts several clunkers, a few throwbacks, yet manages to it finds its way into some genuinely new territory, and in its wake the Flaming Lips might just be poised to make a masterpiece.
  8. As if the Lips' perfect mix of pop and psychedelia wasn't enough, they write songs that are not only excellent but distinct as well.
  9. Combines Beach Boys harmonies, Pink Floyd-influenced orchestral rock and the lonely-heart vocal style of such '70s icons as Big Star and Neil Young.
  10. The Lips may have been inspired by the easy-listening craze, but the seeker's quality within their music tugs against that style's instinctive cheapening of sentiment.
  11. The Flaming Lips could've been forgiven for feeling usurped when their sister ship Mercury Rev steamed away with the garlands for Deserter's Songs last December, but in truth, both collectives are in competition with no-one but themselves and the gods.
  12. The Flaming Lips' particular and peculiar genius comes to full fruition on the stupendous The Soft Bulletin.
  13. 90
    The group's most gorgeously crafted album ever.
  14. A very good slice of experimental pop.
  15. The Soft Bulletin is sparse and enchanted, like the band has awoken from a long dream spent spinning in outer space.
  16. A trip into the prettiest altered states the Lips have yet kissed.
  17. Upon starting Soft Bulletin--you’re instantly whisked off into the universe the Flaming Lips have created. The musical journey that ensues is nothing short of imaginary genius--simple as.
  18. One of the Flaming Lips' most listenable records and another step up the ladder toward pop perfection.
  19. Perhaps the most important album of the decade.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Sep 3, 2011
    10
    The perfect album, and by far the magnum opus of The Flaming Lips. The Soft Bulletin is a departure from The Flaming Lips' earlier work, whichThe perfect album, and by far the magnum opus of The Flaming Lips. The Soft Bulletin is a departure from The Flaming Lips' earlier work, which was mostly lo-fi noise rock. The Soft Bulletin's songs are generally slow and soft, and explore various themes, such as love and devotion (The Spiderbite Song, for instance, is as far as I can tell about one's platonic love for another). The lyrics are clever and meaningful, and not superficial at all. In fact, I would say the overarching theme of the album is love. All in all its a beautiful album, and a must-listen-to. Full Review »
  2. SamS
    Oct 26, 2007
    5
    Much loved by people whose judgment I respect. But it doesn't quite do it for me. I came to it after Yoshimi -- which I love in the Much loved by people whose judgment I respect. But it doesn't quite do it for me. I came to it after Yoshimi -- which I love in the extreme -- and this sounds flabby and maudlin by comparison. Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2016
    10
    One of those rare albums that is perfect from front to back. (at least, the 5.1 and Vinyl versions, the normal CD version gets a 9, but that'sOne of those rare albums that is perfect from front to back. (at least, the 5.1 and Vinyl versions, the normal CD version gets a 9, but that's more of a fault from Warner Brothers then The Flaming Lips) Full Review »