Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Image
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 142 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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 onThe 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

Top Track

Do You Realize??
1, 2, 3, 4 Do you realize That you have the most beautiful face? Do you realize We're floating in space? Do you realize That happiness makes you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Incredibly, 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' is a record that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 'The Soft Bulletin', refining that album's themes and defiantly charging into unchartered musical territories. Another masterpiece.
  2. Alternative Press
    90
    Smartly packaged pop that's as slick as Stereolab, but human enough--thanks to Coyne's earnestness and sincerity--to malfunction in all the right places. [Sep 2002, p.77]
  3. The measured use of electronics recalls nothing so much as OK Computer, and in some ways Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots sounds like that album might have if Thom Yorke believed in God.
  4. The whole affair feels a little slighter, a little less important.
  5. Anyone else tries this, it'll be like being force-fed Sunny Delight by a battalion of pastel-pashmina'd Pokemon on My Little Ponies. In the hands of The Flaming Lips, with their stellar inventiveness and inquisitive sweetness, it's just utterly noble.
  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.

See all 27 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Sep 7, 2010
    10
    an incredibly beautiful album. Fight Test kicks things off strongly and the music never weakens. Yoshimi is catchy, mysterious, mesmerizing,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. mr.hankey
    Apr 21, 2006
    10
    Beautiful, Sonic and Underrated. This is what I think of the 2002 album by the Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The album is a Beautiful, Sonic and Underrated. This is what I think of the 2002 album by the Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The album is a message that cannot be determined but is only understood by the band and the twisted frontman Wayne Coyne. The album does not work out as well as the amazing 1999 release " The Soft Bulletin" but is still one of the best albums to come out since 2000. It is beautiful and the standout tracks seem to be "Fight Test" and "Do You Realize?" which stood out because of their catchy guitar riffs and amazing lyrics. If you should get an album by the Flaming Lips I would recommend The Soft Bulletin but if you are a longtime fan like myself then I would recommend this which proves to be the Lips at their tip top form. Expand
  3. bunnytiger
    Jul 18, 2002
    10
    this album sounds like rain would sound if every drop of it had a beautiful singing voice to sing along with.
  4. CarlG.
    May 7, 2008
    10
    This album is one of few I have ever listened to that I would call a masterpiece (in the classical sense). The other is The Soft Bulletin. This album is one of few I have ever listened to that I would call a masterpiece (in the classical sense). The other is The Soft Bulletin. The album is a journey and you should listen to it from start to finish without interruption. Expand
  5. Gray
    Jan 21, 2006
    9
    Incredible Album
  6. BadCritic
    Jan 4, 2005
    8
    I stuggle a little with the Lips. A first listen of Yoshimi prompts the inevitable (but initially missed by most) comparison with Cat I stuggle a little with the Lips. A first listen of Yoshimi prompts the inevitable (but initially missed by most) comparison with Cat Stevens, but wait, there's more. Listen to The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi back to back, and you start to pick up threads from other artists, and not necessarily good ones either. Hasn't anyone out there heard the rip off from the (ghastly) Alan Parson's Project 'A Turn of a Friendly Card'. Three or four other tracks sound awfully familiar, but hey, Wayne, you pull it off so well, all is forgiven. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2020
    0
    Pretty bad album I will say. Does not have the humph that some of their other albums do.

See all 48 User Reviews