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Terror (2013)

Artist: Flaming Lips
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Format: CD
Sku: 247929057
UPC: 093624945536
UPC 14: 00093624945536
Release Date: 4/16/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Look... The Sun Rising
2. Be Free, a Way
3. Try To Explain
4. You Lust
5. Terror, The
6. You Are Alone
7. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
8. Turning Violent
9. Always There, In Our Hearts
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Dave Fridmann; Mack Hawkins.
Muze PNote Recording information: Pink Floor Studios, Oklahoma City, OK; Tarbok Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY.
Muze PNote One of the Flaming Lips' greatest strengths is how vividly they express emotions. For most of their career, they've focused on capturing wide-eyed wonder, unbridled glee, and the occasional poignant moment, but The Terror proves they're just as good at channeling despair. Embryonic hinted at this darker shift, but here it comes to a head: sparked by Wayne Coyne's separation from his longtime partner and Steven Drozd's struggles with substance abuse, The Terror is more fragmented and anguished than its predecessor. Where Embryonic's bold swaths of noise and pulsing synths broke free of expectations, on The Terror they represent being cut loose and drifting off into loneliness and doubt. The opening track, "Look... The Sun Rising" makes it clear that this is not the Flaming Lips fans have come to expect since the late '90s. As Coyne sings "Love is always something/Something you should fear" and invokes MK Ultra, harsh guitars and beats create a wall of sound that's both claustrophobic and isolating. As dark as the album is, it's also some of the band's most fascinating music; vintage electronics buzz and whir around Coyne's wounded vocals in a way that recalls Meddle-era Pink Floyd and the Silver Apples in its spacy bleakness. The Terror was recorded in a short time and it shows in the urgency within every track, even the 13-minute centerpiece "You Lust," which moves from some of the band's most shockingly angry moments ("You've got a lot of nerve to fuck with me!," Coyne snarls at its beginning) to a delicate coda that evokes Raymond Scott's Soothing Sounds for Baby. While the album often feels like a black hole sucking up all the hope in the universe, to the band's credit, they're never too obvious about it. Coyne's largely philosophical lyrics are all the more striking in how they imply this feeling rather than just stating it, particularly on one of the loveliest and scariest tracks here, "Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die." It contemplates life and death on a personal and universal scope, linking it to the sun's rising and setting; throughout the album, the band uses the sun as a metaphorical reminder that life goes on even when you wish it wouldn't. Experimental even for a band that has made outlandish sounds and ideas its bread and butter for decades, The Terror finds the Flaming Lips at the peak of their powers as they embody what it's like to be overwhelmed; they don't offer a shoulder to cry on as much as an acknowledgment of just how isolating pain can be. While it's common to call artists brave for addressing life's darker moments, there's some truth to it: it's not easy to face up to and present the worst parts of being alive, much less in a way that's artistically pleasing or relevant. The Lips don't make it sound easy, which is why The Terror is so powerful. ~ Heather Phares

Producer: Dave Fridmann; Scott Booker; The Flaming Lips

Engineer: Dave Fridmann; Mack Hawkins; Michael Ivins

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen
Muze Music Compilations Stubbs The Zombie:soundtrack
Muze Music Compilations Devil's Music
Muze Music Compilations Frankenweenie Unleashed
Muze Music Compilations Re Machined:tribute To Deep Purple's
Muze Music Compilations Music Is Awesome Volume 3
Muze Music Compilations Cosmic Game
Muze Music Compilations New Tales To Tell:tribute To Love And

Associated Artists and Works

Lennon, John
Lightning Bolt
Mastodon
Neon Indian
Original Soundtrack
Plastic Ono Band
Prefuse 73
Rockabye Baby!
Stardeath & White Dwarfs
The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs W ~ Stardeath & White Dwarfs
The Dark Side of the Moon [PA] ~ Stardeath and White Dwarfs

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 534627
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624945536

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.68)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The beauty is fleeting but piquant."

Q (Magazine)
(p.101)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE TERROR is dark and experimental, full of synths and loops that owen more to Krautrock than guitar bands."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.87)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's now a constancy of mood -- an introspective, mono-chromatic feel. They sound better for it."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Flaming Lips
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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