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  • Summary: The Oklahoma band finally returns with a follow-up to perhaps their strongest effort to date, 1999's 'The Soft Bulletin.' Here, the Lips venture even more into electronic territory, working once again with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev). Yoshimi of Japanese band The Boredoms guests on vocals on one track and lends her name to part of the album's title (the "Yoshimi" part, not the "Pink Robots" part). Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Even by their standards, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is astonishing.... Plainly, this is music abnormally alive with possibilities. [Album of the Month, Aug 2002, p.96]
  2. 90
    After fifteen years of continually blossoming brilliance, the Flaming Lips can count themselves among the most essential American bands in rock history.
  3. 'Yoshimi...' sets yet another benchmark.
  4. As strange as it is wonderful.
  5. 80
    A gently involving and moving album, Yoshimi could be the negative image of Radiohead's Kid A: the sound of a rock band using electronica to make music that's inclusive and warm instead of icy and aloof. [#8, p.114]
  6. Simply the Flaming Lips doing what they do best, which is being beautifully weird and loving every minute of it.
  7. Yoshimi has its moments, but it sounds like leftover brilliance from its older, better brother, padded out with filler to make a new album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Sep 7, 2010
    an incredibly beautiful album. Fight Test kicks things off strongly and the music never weakens. Yoshimi is catchy, mysterious, mesmerizing, and so much more. I find it almost impossible to compare this to, frankly, anything... The Flaming Lips arrive officially with this effort. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is one of my favorite albums. It's simply amazing. Every song is just a treat to listen too. It's fresh, original, innovative, and purely just captivating. Songs such as "Do You Realize??" and "Fight Test" and "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt.1" is just beautiful music. All In All, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is a masterpiece. A Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2011
    An excellent, beautiful, compelling Flaming Lips album.
    The album goes through times of being heavily electronic to plain old acoustic. You
    can feel the passion and genuine nature of The Flaming Lips through the lyrics and instrumentation of the music. All in all, a great album. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    I hesitated to give this album a 10, and eventually decided to give it a 9 because of one oddball (yoshimi battles the pink robots, pt. 2, is so out of nowhere and sonically bombastic that it doesn't mesh well with the rest of the sublime album). if you like progressive rock, pop rock, soft rock, electronic rock, songs about robots, songs about death, or an amazingly produced album that sounds gorgeous on a great sound system, then definitely go after this one. personally i find the two most popular songs, "do you realize?" and "yoshimi pt. 1", to be the first ones to listen to as they set a good tone for the album and they're not as out there as the rest of the album. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2012
    Lot of great highlights on the this one. Lot of great songs. One of my favorites by them. Can't think of one I like better by them, really. A great album with good production values and emotional highs. Expand
  6. j30
    Apr 23, 2012
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is extremely good the majority of the album, I'd even dare to call those areas great. There is, however, a few places feels a little underwhelming and you kind of lose interest, but that is few and far between. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2011
    Yoshimi has already made history and I am truly happy that louds of people will discover it for itâ

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