AOTY 2019
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #233 / 851
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 206 ratings
2009 Ratings: #25
October 13, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

parent
79
happy 10th birthday to this bad boy and happy birthday to me 🍰
BradTasteMusic
87
My first experience with the flaming lips. This is certainly a great place to start. What a colorful and exciting album :)
MasterCrackfox
88
Undeniably a shift for The Flaming Lips, and one that would be far less appealing to some, the group take all their whimsy and pop sensibilities and virtually shot them all in the foot for something far more bizarre and genre-bending. The groups most serious take in years, yet easily their most audacious and inventive.

Embryonic is for sure an album that will catch someone off guard in some ways, although some of the signs are there that The Flaming Lips could concoct something so offbeat. ... 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.
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
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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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