King's Mouth

The Flaming Lips - King's Mouth
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2019 Ratings: #548 / 737
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Based on 113 ratings
2019 Ratings: #916
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April 13, 2019 / Release Date
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In the vast landscape of the indie rock, it is often easy to embrace the same sounds and themes; always pleasant, but rather boring. This is the case of the Flaming Lips in the 2010's. The band has used up the psychedelic recipe that made them successful in the late 90s. The charm that had made "The Soft Bulletin" or "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" classics of the genre, had become quite tasteless a decade later. After a completely delirious but very bland "Oczy ... read more
I enjoyed this one - but then I have stuck with Mercury Rev through the years and this sounds a lot like a latter career Rev album.

It also stirs in a splash of Floyd and some ‘Yoshimi’ era instrumentation/production.

Don’t hear any breakout singles, no ‘Do You Realize?’ - but that’s ok, not a deal breaker.
A dreamlike, rainbow filled world this album creates has that strong sense of melody and cohesion reminiscent of their early works (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). A compelling, immersive work.
Like Doofy said in his review, there are some Yoshimi era sounds on here, but overall the album is lacking the knock it out of the park song. Overall the concept is fun enough though and both The Sparrow & Giant Baby are highlights. The Mick Jones narration can get tiresome at points, and the songs could have used a little more Wayne Coyne vocals at times. Regardless, a solid FIFTEEN album from The Flaming Lips.
Going to be firmly in the bottom half of their discography, but I can say it's the best concept album about a giant baby king I think I've ever heard. I'm just having so much trouble grasping the logistics on the size of this baby. It can almost touch outer space, yet dies in an avalanche? He was calmly walking down the city street earlier, but now his head is basically holding a universe? The inconsistencies, man...
Music's alright, but not covering much new ground for them. They got Mick ... read more
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Added on: December 11, 2018