The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips
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  • Summary: The Dave Fridmann-produced 'Soft Bulletin' is considered by many fans and critics to be the band's finest album, and found its way onto quite a few Best of 1999 lists.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. An impossibly multi-tracked masterwork of excess, abrasion, and indefinable beauty.
  2. 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.
  3. 100
    This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.
  4. 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.
  5. A very good slice of experimental pop.
  6. 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.
  7. The Soft Bulletin echoes the oft-mimiced Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, with its psychedelic wobbliness, songs-within-songs and airy termperament.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. BenjaminBunny
    Jun 8, 2004
    10
    And the survey says....? CLASSIC.
  2. 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, 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. Expand
  3. sans
    Feb 15, 2006
    10
    a masterpiece.
  4. PaulD
    Jun 2, 2007
    10
    The best record since the White Album, Pet Sounds, Exile, Buddy Holly's Greatest and you get the message. Freakin' beautiful melodies and arrangements, and Wayne's lyrics are the most insanely honest ever written. I liked the Lips beforehand, but this is by far their masterpiece. If this were the 60s, they would be the most popular thing out. too bad the superstars now come from a television show. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2010
    10
    Its absoloutley amazing, as much as i love clouds taste metallic and their other albums this.is.their.best. GO AND BUY IT, it will make you want explode because you cant contain how seriously amazng this album is.ONE of THE best albums of the 90's and 20 years. up there with pinkerton,check your head and loveless guys Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2011
    9
    Apart from having an overarching technical nous,the things that have propelled this album to legendary status among the cognicenti are it's warmth and compassion.This sounds very big, the polish does not detract from the songs, it would be hard to find too many better albums that were released back in 1999 ,a monumentally slack year in music. Expand
  7. DeanD
    Aug 4, 2006
    5
    Great music, but the vocals.....AWFUL! I have never ever heard a singer so out of tune, reaching for notes which are obviously out of his range. He needs vocal lessons real bad! Expand

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