- The Soft Bulletin

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
CRITIC SCORE
93
Based on 7 reviews
1999 Rank: #2 / 87
USER SCORE
89
Based on
181 ratings

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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.
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
60
I don't think this record is a classic--I tend to agree with those who say the songwriter is lacking a little bit, in the way that the Lips's songwriter has always left a little to be hoped. I will say that this is a fantastic record approach beyond the alternative drivel you hear on the radio, and it deserves recognition as such. It's worth it. That said, I don't think the singing, the lyrics, and the songwriter can match the ambition of the "scoring," and when that happens, it makes ... read more
20
I got into The Flaming Lips retroactively. The first album of theirs I heard was Yoshimi, then Embroynic and then The Terror and so on and so forth. this was the last album of theirs I was able to get my paws on. All the while I kept hearing that The Soft Bulletin was their opus.
I had Revolution by The Beatles set as my morning alarm for awhile, but it didn't work well because it wasn't annoying enough to jar me awake. So now in the morning when my alarm goes the Soft Bulliten starts playing ... read more
Sorrugis
94
Symphonic music meets psychedelic pop/rock. This is simply an incredible album. My only major nitpick is 'The Observer'. Though the progression throughout the song isn't bad, to me it just serves as a filler in the middle of the album and not much more. Overall though, The Soft Bulletin is one of the finest releases in modern psychedelia and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting into the genre.

Loved: Race For the Prize, A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, The Spark That Bled, The ... read more
Sinestroll
97
Best Songs: Race for the Prize; A Spoonful Weighs a Ton; The Spiderbite Song; Waitin' for a Superman
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DETAILS

June 22, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Brothers / Label
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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]