The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2009 Ratings: #212 / 834
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 177 ratings
2009 Ratings: #27
October 13, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

BradTasteMusic
87
My first experience with the flaming lips. This is certainly a great place to start. What a colorful and exciting album :)
siberianbreaks
90
The band moves past their unbearably whimsical side into something infinitely more exciting with Embryonic which sounds like the evil product of a group of delusional scientists dangerously mixing formulas heard from classic, psychedelic records like The Wall, Tago Mago, and even Smile into something insanely dark and fun. The album's strongest aspect is its ability to keep you guessing and to throw the listener off balance just when it starts to show comfort. Most double albums don't go over ... read more
scott96k
85
This great evil. Where does it come from? How'd it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who's doin' this? Who's killin' us? Robbing us of life and light. Mockin' us with the sight of what we might've known. Does our ruin benefit the earth? Does it help the grass to grow, the sun to shine? Is this darkness in you, too? Have you passed through this night?

What a trip.
charlie17
87
Mmmmmmm... such a good album. a bit bloated, but still so many great tracks
BuffaloStaple
77
This is a very entrancing listen, definitely won't be for everybody though, it's a weird album. However, it can also be relatively dull at times but it's ability to consistently subvert the listener's expectations throughout the 70 minute long run time with interesting and unique song ideas is undeniably impressive.
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Convinced Of The Hex 
  2. The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine 
  3. Evil
  4. Aquarius Sabotage
  5. See The Leaves
  6. If
  7. Gemini Syringes
  8. Your Bats
  9. Powerless

Disc 2

  1. The Ego's Last Stand
  2. I Can Be A Frog
  3. Sagittarius Silver Announcement
  4. Worm Mountain
  5. Scorpio Sword
  6. The Impulse
  7. Silver Trembling Hands
  8. Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
  9. Watching The Planets

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