Jul 22, 2013such a great record as we always used to from the great flaming lips..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................… Expand
Jun 26, 2013This album is truly terrifying. I have been a fan of the Flaming Lips since the Soft Bulletin, and this record equals if not eclipses that album and Yoshimi. The Terror is completely different. There is not silly bleeps and blops of sound, Coyne does not tell the funny-sad stories like he did on the soft bulletin or yoshimi. this is a continuation of the sounds that came from Embryonic, but the album only contains 9 songs, therefore it is a much tighter album. I would say that this is a solitary, night time listening album. This album is entrancing and hypnotic, and Coyne sings with chant-like style throughout the album. The final two songs are perhaps the strongest of the record.… Expand
Apr 16, 2013The first time I heard this album, I thought to myself, "Yup, that's weird". After the second and third listen, I understand why the album is called "The Terror". It's a scary album. It's just so dark and depressing that you just love it that much more. There is no light at the end of the tunnel... only more darkness. My dad told me that one of the songs made him feel like the world was about to end. So, if you're into the happier, lighter side of The Flaming Lips (like in Yoshimi or even The Soft Bulletin), you may go into shock listening to this album. The highlights are: "The Terror", "You Are Alone", and "Turning Violent".… Expand
Apr 19, 2013Despite having heard absolutely fantastic things about The Flaming Lips for years now, I’ve been pretty much a total dick and haven’t checked ked them out, or at least not until listening to The Terror. It took me a few listens to get into, but it was definitely worth it. This is deep and dark and actually pretty ingenious. IT’S A GROWER, MOTHER Seriously, listen to it at least a few times (Pro tip: Inebriation recommended for at least one listen through).… Expand
Oct 15, 2013One thing I love about certain artists/bands is that they're never afraid of changing things up stylistically from album to album, even at the risk of alienating fans, and The Flaming Lips are an example of that. The Terror to me is an improvement in the focus department over Heady Fwends, since it's very much a unified cohesive piece, with nearly all tracks segueing into the next in some way. Nearly all the tracks accomplish the same goal; they're dark, atmospheric, spacious soundscapes with very loose structures & tons of reverb. But at the same time that pop sensibility comes in in a subtle way by providing some memorable vocal melodies that give individual tracks some staying power beyond just creating one unified full-album mood. The strongest track to me is “Try to Explain”, which perfectly combines that synth-washed atmosphere with a structure, melody & lyrics that are hooky & instantly catchy, but not in a way where the 2 mindsets clash. If anything they enhance each other in some weird way.
Some other elements here & there make certain tracks stand out, like the synth part in opener “Look... The Sun Is Rising” that sounds straight out of a Kid A outtake, the constant hammer-on guitar riff & sinister “lust to succeed” vocal delivery in Phantogram collab “You Lust”, or the gradually building instrumentation in “Turning Violent” that, while repetitive, has a pretty satisfying climax. Also worth noting are the bonus tracks, “Sun Blows Up Today” & a cover of The Beatles' “All You Need Is Love”. The former (originally made for a Super Bowl commercial) is a fantastic exuberant fast-paced indie-rocker with fun upbeat lyrics & an awesome synth solo. Normally I'm not a fan of the idea of outtake bonus tracks, but listening to the rest of the album this song wouldn't have fit in at any point in the track list, so I'll make an exception. Same goes for the latter, in which the band injects the peace-loving classic with minimalist percussionless psychedelia in a way that stays true to the original while also making it their own.
What I will say about the album negatively that holds it back from being an absolute masterpiece in that in my opinion it dips in quality in the middle, between the boring uninteresting “You Are Alone” & title track, and “You Lust” which, while generally well-written, didn't need to be 13 minutes, and would've been better off if they shaved it down to around 7 or 8 minutes, keeping that long continuous groove while also getting rid of the points where the additions are just mindless programming-noodling. And the lyrics, while never bad or cringe-worthy, for the most part don't have much of a message beyond very vague philosophical thoughts. Even Wayne himself said in a track-by-track, “I never thought about the lyrics very much. They're just some cosmic sh*t you think sounds cool against that sound or whatever.” There are a couple exceptions though, like “Turning Violent”, with a personal narrative whose vagueness adds to the song by giving it a haunting feel that lets you imagine what kind of horrific mental situation the narrator is in. Or closer “Always There in Our Hearts”, with the clearest message on the album, about learning to accept the good with the bad in life.
While this album doesn't beat Bulletin or Yoshimi for me, it's up there for sure, and easily the most impressive album I've heard from them in terms of ambition. Even for someone like me who's more into catchy hooks than inaccessible experimental ambient pieces, I found a lot to enjoy in The Terror, even despite its less ear-grabbing moments. I can picture it being a gateway for some people into even more abstract stuff.
Top 5 tracks: Try to Explain, Sun Blows Up Today, Turning Violent, Look... The Sun Is Rising, Always There In Our Hearts
Score: 73/100… Expand
Apr 29, 2013"The Terror" isn't for new listeners of the Flaming Lips. Me, I've been of big fan of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Embryonic, and the modern classic The Soft Bulletin, and I've listened to them long enough to get a good idea of the bands sound. They've moved from garage rock, to dream pop to psychedelic rock, to experimental, and "The Terror" is a new addition to the bands discography. It's much more dark, ambient and more electronic than the group's other releases. I wouldn't call myself an extremely dedicated Flaming Lips fan, but The Terror still provides all the thrills and chills of a neo-psychedelic record. It's just not for everyone.… Expand
Aug 21, 2013What. A disappointment. The Flaming Lips, prior to this record, made three back to back albums that I fell in love with and still listen to today. I understand the band and primarily Wayne Coyne are growing older, but I don't understand the complete shift in their sound, especially one this depressing and glum. How sad and terrified could Wayne Coyne be? This record is an awful acid trip and I guess me being in the minority did not find many values to enjoy in this album. Wayne sounds hlf dead and the band hardly put any effort in it. While their previous records sounded bombastic and very theatrical, The Terror sounds too restrained, something that seems great on paper but executed very sloppily.
All In All, The Terror is The Flaming Lips' weakest release I've heard, but in a slight way shows their maturity clearly coming through. I just hope it's done well next time. C-… Collapse
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