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. Another baffling, winning, neopsychedelic recording.
  2. The Soft Bulletin echoes the oft-mimiced Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, with its psychedelic wobbliness, songs-within-songs and airy termperament.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 112 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 »