AOTY 2017
The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #2 / 96
User Score
Based on 264 ratings
1999 Ratings: #10
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

Hardly party music, but remember Dark Side of the Moon? Pass the bong. This is some good shit

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Soft Bulletin is absolutely stunning. Zaireeka was a massive breakthrough for them, but Soft Bulletin is the true gem in their catalog.

100
AllMusic

There's no telling where the Lips will go from here, but it's almost beside the point -- not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.

90
NME

'The Soft Bulletin' is a joyous, celestial celebration of sound. Rhythmic and piano-laden, it's heavenly in both its conception and execution.

90
Spin

The Soft Bulletin may be the most extraordinary rock record you'll hear all year.

60
Rolling Stone
Their music isn't, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.
Oct 7, 2015
SiberianBreaks
37
It's quite strange. I seriously love this band, but I cannot for the life of me stand this album. Everything here sounds too pleasant and whimsical as if it was some Disney soundtrack. There's that and the fact that it's an hour long which makes it incredibly tedious to sit through. I definitely appreciate how genuine of an album it is, but it just rubs in all the wrong ways.

Favourite tracks: Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
Dec 12, 2017
pouls
95
Sometimes, music can work as some sort of coping mechanism, and it could help heal some people's problems as well. An album that applies to such is The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin. This is music that feels unlike most out there, it is something that stands out from most albums out there. Its sound is lush and grandiose, filled with all kinds of different instrumentation that blend into something that just comes off as dense and ear-filling. The sound palette of The Soft Bulletin is full due ... read more
Nov 23, 2017
MarkCooper
49
Favorite Track: Waitin' for a Superman, Sleeping on the Roof
Oct 24, 2017
91
One of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard. Sad to see the hate here, but it's alright.
Oct 9, 2016
NR
Listening to their records from 1986 until this, they didn't start very well but each record kept steadily improving over the last one. Also, their two previous albums were really good. It was understandable then that the inevitable end would be making an excellent record. This is it. Their fans might have waited for ages, but this is excellent, the result of 13 years of hard work and steady improvement. However, there are two things i should say. First off, this sounds quite different than ... read more
END OF YEAR LISTS
#7/SPIN
Track List

  1. Race For The Prize (Remix) 
  2. A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
  3. The Spark That Bled 
  4. The Spiderbite Song 
  5. Buggin' (Remix) 
  6. What Is The Light? 
  7. The Observer 
  8. Waitin' For A Superman 
  9. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
  10. The Gash 
  11. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
  12. Sleeping On The Roof
  13. Race For The Prize 
  14. Waitin' For A Superman [Mokran Remix]