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  • Summary: The band's 15th studio LP is a story-driven concept album with narration from The Clash's Mick Jones. The album was originally released (on vinyl only) as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 13, 2019, but was later re-released in multiple formats on July 19, 2019.
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 13, 2019
    The Flaming Lips remain masters at creating an irresistible sense of sheer awestruck wonder that demands its own emotional reaction from the listener. [Aug 2019, p.24]
  2. 80
    It finds the band more playful, melodic, cinematic and cohesive than they have since ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’.
  3. Apr 22, 2019
    King's Mouth seems perfectly happy to tread stylistic water, acting almost like a default Lips album, despite (or perhaps because of) the thematic ambitions at work.
  4. May 17, 2019
    In many ways this feels like one of the most complete Flaming Lips albums in over a decade. Regardless, this album is pure Flaming Lips and that alone makes it worth exploring.
  5. 67
    For those who love the aughts’ Lips catalog, but were thrown off by the abstract experimentation of the last few records, King’s Mouth should be a welcome return to form.
  6. Apr 22, 2019
    Unfortunately, the album only contains about an EP’s worth of solid material, with the rest of the running time devoted to a tedious children’s fairytale. ... [But the full] songs sound like the basis of a proper follow-up to Yoshimi even more than the zany At War with the Mystics, did.
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