The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon (2009) 7.2

Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Rating: 7.2

Track List:
1. “Speak to Me/Breathe” (featuring Henry Rollins and Peaches) 5:19
2. “On the Run” (featuring Henry Rollins) 3:55
3. “Time/Breathe (Reprise)” 4:57
4. “The Great Gig in the Sky” (featuring Henry Rollins and Peaches) 3:57
5. “Money” (featuring Henry Rollins) 5:31
6. “Us and Them” (featuring Henry Rollins) 7:45
7. “Any Colour You Like” 2:42
8. “Brain Damage” (featuring Henry Rollins) 4:42
9. “Eclipse” (featuring Henry Rollins) 2:12

 

This is a really cool cover album that plays respectful homage to the late night ‘woah, man’ stoner classic by Pink Floyd. The Flaming Lips along with their pals, Stardeath and White Dwarf’ stay true to the Dark Side blueprint but make each song their own. You won’t be mistaking anything here for Pink Floyd. And, honestly, if you’re bummed by that, just stop reading and this and go put on the original classic.

The album starts off really strong with Henry Rollins reading the interview segments on the opening track. He continues this through the rest of the album and it’s a really great addition. “Speak to Me / Breathe” starts off familiar and quickly veers off into a psychedelic guitar jam that sets the mood for the next two tracks. Here, the album takes a bit of a turn for the mundane. Peaches falls a little flat of the original Great Gig in the Sky but honestly she had some pretty big boots to fill and it’s certainly not terrible. The next few tracks feel as if the same amount of love that was poured into the first three just isn’t there. It’s still good but could use just a little more flavour. It all picks up again for an awesome techno-reggae rendition of “Any Colour You Like”.

All in all this is a fun rendition and the highs are good enough to overlook the lows. Maybe, that’s really the point anyway, because when you first heard this you were supposed to be high enough to think the lows were genius, man.

I wonder if it syncs up to the Wizard of Oz?

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