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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Words Can Describe...

    All I can say is that this CD takes me back to places I forgot. Lyrics aside, I found myself on snow-covered playgrounds, inside museums, and inside an interactive planetarium. It just makes me nostalgic for some reason. Just get this CD, it sparkles with life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm floored. Don't pick me up.

    Guys should never say the word ¿beautiful,¿ unless (1) it gets them in someone¿s underpants (2) it¿s used to describe an unbelievable sports play when ¿awesome¿ wouldn¿t suffice or (3) it¿s used to describe the unbelievable girl we can never attain. Using ¿beautiful¿ under any other circumstance is the equivalent of wearing pink lingerie while watching ¿Will and Grace¿ with a vegetarian dinner baking in the oven. Despite these set-in-stone facts, it is with great confidence and assurance in this CD that I can boldly say The Flaming Lips ¿Soft Bulletin¿ album is beautiful. It¿s not just beautiful. It¿s acoustically gorgeous. It¿s the Kristin Kreuk of music. I¿m madly in love with this CD. Buying a great CD, financially speaking is a double-edged sword. Take for example, my purchase of Haven¿s ¿Between the Senses.¿ It was a nice bargain, because for $12, I got great enjoyment and endless replay value. But with that bargain arose unavoidable costs. After I buy a magical CD, there is my obsessive need to recapture that magic in another CD. Sometimes I think my investments in music are based solely on the need to feel the wonder and joy of recapturing that perfect CD. The drawbacks of this can be devastating to my already emaciated wallet. Take for example again, Haven. Well, since it was produced by Johnny Marr, and since I wanted to recapture the joy of rediscovering Haven, I went out and wasted hard-earned cash on Johnny Marr¿s ¿Boomslang.¿ It sucked. The Music Gods only allot us a few ¿rediscoveries¿ a year. Only a handful of albums kick butt and it is our job to find them. For me it started thirteen years ago in fifth grade with Guns N¿ Roses ¿Appetite for Destruction.¿ A few months later, I rediscovered the ¿Paradise City¿ magic in Bon Jovi¿s ¿Slippery When Wet.¿ Well, the Music Gods literally came down from the sky and touched me with this one. The Flaming Lips ¿Soft Bulletin¿ not only kicks your butt ¿ it kicks your butt, pisses on you, and then takes your lunch money. I¿ve never heard anything like this. It¿s music straight outta heaven. It¿s part pop, part alternative rock, part techno, part symphony, part choir, part progressive rock, part big band, part piano concerto, and is completely beautiful. It knocked me out on so many levels. The driving beats are addictive. The singer¿s voice is sentimental and memorable. The layering is done so well that I rediscovered something new with each listen. The lyrics are philosophical and thoughtful. For example, ¿Will the fight for our sanity be the fight of our lives now that we¿ve lost all the reasons that we thought that we had.¿ Or ¿When you got that spider bite on your hand I thought¿.to lose your arm would surely upset your brain, the poison then could reach your heart from a vein. I was glad it didn¿t destroy you, how sad that would be, cause if it destroyed you it would destroy me.¿ Seriously, these lyrics blow away all the generic stuff today. Given my growing tastes in music, I can honestly proclaim the Flaming Lips ¿Soft Bulletin¿ is the best CD I¿ve purchased to date. Did you ever laugh out loud when sober for no particular reason except that you were really happy and not because something was funny? I didn¿t either until I listened to this CD. (actually I did when I watched ¿Donnie Darko¿ ten times in two weeks. That movie made me understand how Quentin Tarantino can say, ¿I¿m happy to love a movie (Chungking Express) this much.¿ This band from Oklahoma is everything that American radio needs to be (original and inspired.) It¿s everything that current Brit Pop needs to be (energetic and catchy.) On a track note, ¿Waiting for a Superman¿ a song about carrying burdens may be the most beautiful song in the history of songs. ¿Feeling Yourself Disintegrate¿ has one of the most creative intros ever. ¿The Gash¿ is a battle hymn that rocks like no other. ¿Buggin¿ is one of the best remakes I¿ve heard, and it¿s about bugs and awesome. I can go o

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    Posted August 25, 2009

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