The Flaming Lips – At War with the Mystics (2006) 8.3

Genre: Psychedelic Pop
Rating: 8.3

Track List:
1. “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)” 4:51
2. “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)” 3:39
3. “The Sound of Failure / It’s Dark… Is It Always This Dark??” 7:18
4. “My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life as Blazing Shield of Defiance and Optimism as Celestial Spear of Action)” 4:48
5. “Vein of Stars” 4:15
6. “The Wizard Turns On… The Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins” 3:41
7. “It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big… I Am So Small… Do I Stand a Chance?” 6:50
8. “Mr. Ambulance Driver” 4:21
9. “Haven’t Got a Clue” 3:23
10. “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)” 3:44
11. “Pompeii am Götterdämmerung” 4:22
12. “Goin’ On” 3:39


A psychedelic exploration of sounds and riffs that can sometimes distract and more often pull you in and lose you somewhere in the middle of the track. Many of the songs use just the right amount of repetitiveness to lull you into a trance, yet this is not really a slow album and many of these tracks are just as dance-able as the pop hits of it’s time. The stand out tracks here are some of the best that The Flaming Lips have offered in years. My personal favourites are “Mr. Ambulance Driver”, “Free Radicals” & “The W.A.N.D.”. Enjoy.

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