- Oczy Mlody

The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 27 reviews
2017 Rank: #65 / 94
USER SCORE
67
Based on
105 ratings

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90
musicOMH

It’s possible that Oczy Mlody will disappoint those looking for an easy hit, or the sound of old-school Lips, but for those willing to persist and explore, it’s a work of nuance and intelligence.

90
Slant Magazine

Oczy Mlody doesn't overwhelm or immediately impress, but instead invites listeners into its elusory world of crossed senses, unassigned values, and blind turns, hoping they end up in the same place Coyne thinks he's headed: to an idyllic future state that feels just like the past.

88
GIGsoup

The music delivers on successfully altering the body and mind in the iconic band’s latest chef-d'oeuvre cook up.

80
Clash

They’ve managed to meld together the grand themes of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi…’ with some of the experimentation of ‘Embryonic’ and ‘The Terror’, and it makes for a fascinating return.

80
Loud and Quiet

This is the most vital Lips record in a while and, true to their paradoxical style, is one of their subtlest, too.

80
Drowned in Sound

With Oczy Mlody, The Flaming Lips have managed to take us on apocalyptic journey that’s also fun, which is no mean feat. If the 'real' end of the world is half as fun, we’ll all be alright.

80
The Skinny

Some of their sillier excesses may jar ever so slightly and fans may well feel the absence of a true pop banger ... In every other aspect, however, this is The Flaming Lips on top of their game: refracting the weirdness of the world through a youthful sense of awe and wonder.

80
The Guardian
Somewhere in the haze lurks their old knack for writing great, off-kilter pop songs that reflect and escape the bewildering world around us.
80
Under The Radar
This time, the music took clear precedence over the concept, and that's worthy of rejoicing.
80
Paste

On Oczy Mlody Oklahoma City’s finest manage to build a bridge to the rest of us norms, making some of their must listenable and straight-up lovely music along the way.

80
Uncut

Oczy Mlody continues the Lips’ longstanding mission to explore the joy and sadness of simple human consciousness, so that even when the album loses its footing – which it does, often – it never loses its way.

80
Crack Magazine

A good Flaming Lips album is all about scale, and while it’s not as boldly experimental as some of their past work (think Yoshimi part 2, rather than Zaireeka), the album still manages to map out worlds within itself.

80
God Is in the TV

Oczy Mlody is not an immediate album, but give it chance and it has the power to draw the listener back time and again, and becomes quite addictive. A very successful return from everyone’s favourite Oklahoma all-stars.

80
No Ripcord

They continue pushing boundaries using familiar sounds as starting points, fusing warped electronic and ambient atmospheres with fried psychedelics, and with even less emphasis on anything resembling conventional "rock" music.

80
The Independent

It’s a lovely, silly, serious work that draws one in despite the bursts of utopian cosmo-babble.

75
Consequence of Sound

Save for a few moments, it’s generally slow and somber. Sure, the imagery is some of their most blacklight poster-inspired to date, but even the most druggy reference isn’t without a touch of sadness, a party lingering on too long as the morning starts to break.

70
AllMusic

As they move on from the crises that inspired The Terror, they bridge the abrasive sound that started on 2009's Embryonic and the try-anything whimsy of their collaboration with Miley Cyrus in ways that are surprisingly complex.

62
Pitchfork

While Oczy Mlody finds the Lips still eager to stretch the parameters of their aesthetic 30-plus years into the game, this time, it leaves them sounding a little distended and shapeless.

60
Exclaim!

Unfortunately, Oczy Mlody fails to keep building on the momentum of its studio album predecessors. Though the record builds on The Terror's cerebral paranoia, its occasional forays into Casiotone drum beats and nonsensical lyrics make it an uneven, confusing effort.

60
The Line of Best Fit

In stark contrast to the razor-sharp sense of purpose and unity of its predecessors, the album's meandering lack of focus soon becomes impossible to ignore.

60
Rolling Stone

The album is a bitter pill at first but it pays off to tune in and turn on.

60
NME

‘Oczy Mlody’ is the sonic equivalent of a deserted space-ship adrift in the cosmos, with Coyne as the lonely repair-bot dusting the diodes. A psych rock Passengers, then, rather than Barbarella.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

The band has become pros at surprises, and their new record Oczy Mlody is their biggest surprise yet: it’s a disappointment.

40
DIY
Frequent changes in instrumentation and tone ultimately make ‘Oczy Mlody’ feel unfocused, and without any of the band’s signature flamboyance to fall back on, it makes for a dull listen.
40
PopMatters

Oczy Mlody feels less like the group’s 14th grand artistic statement and more like a minor footnote to a once-great band’s recent output.

30
The 405

Oczy Mlody at times feels like a pale imitation of The Flaming Lips, by someone who only knew of the band through their reputation for quirky antics and hyperactive, costumed live shows. The problem is that whilst it occasionally gets the stylistic elements right, there’s very little substance.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes
In some ways, it is as an exercise in stripping away everything that makes The Flaming Lips such a truly special group, leaving only that which serves as decorative tinsel to their music, hanging limp and lifelessly in the air.
SiberianBreaks
64
So following the release for the pre-release singles and my serious distaste for them, I knew I was ready to pan the shit out of this, but I was still hoping for the Lips' followup to their 2013 masterpiece to turn out at least somewhat good. And you know what? Oczy Mlody is actually far from the trainwreck a lot of people are leading it on to be.

As someone who absolutely adores the repetition and the electronic minimalism of The Terror but hates the symphonic sappiness of Yoshimi, Oczy Mlody ... read more
pouls
30
The problem with Oczy Mlody is the fact that it sounds way too much like the same thing like the entire record, so this is pretty much one pretty big snoozefest. It was very difficult to listen to this album without getting bored because of the repetition here, and because of the vocals. A very hard album to listen to, honestly...

Personal Favourite: There Should Be Unicorns
cshults
80
Quoting Clash because I agree:

They’ve managed to meld together the grand themes of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi…’ with some of the experimentation of ‘Embryonic’ and ‘The Terror’, and it makes for a fascinating return.
Zkull
53
How?? What happened?
BuffaloStaple
54
It's too samey to me, whilst there are some legitimately great compositions here on tracks like There Should Be Unicorns or One Night While Hunting..., unfortunately essentially every other track sounds like a lesser version of one of these songs and as a result, the whole thing just drags on to a painful degree. By the time it was done I felt as if I had just sat through the entire Flaming Lips discography, it's way too long. Most of these songs feature unnecessarily long intros/outros and ... read more
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Track List
  1. Oczy Mlody
  2. How??
  3. There Should Be Unicorns
  4. Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)
  5. Nigdy Nie (Never No)
  6. Galaxy I Sink
  7. One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill
  8. Do Glowy
  9. Listening to the Frogs With Demon Eyes
  10. The Castle
  11. Almost Home (Blisko Domu)
  12. We a Famly


Added on: October 20, 2016