At War With The Mystics

The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2006 Ratings: #157 / 640
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Based on 133 ratings
2006 Ratings: #95
April 4, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros / Label
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MasterCrackfox
75
The Flaming Lips return partially to their alternative rock sound here, stripping back the psychedelic tones for a more poppy and hooky sound, but here utilize that sound to continue to push forward with their oddities and strange and inventive sensibilities.

At the very least, although silly, it is hard not to enjoy The Flaming Lips here at the beginning of the decade, when their growth has been exponential and their sound has taken on a more vibrant form. Even if they seem to take a few ... read more
ThrowBackG
64
"You're a poor man's Donald Trump!"

Well... hasn't that aged well and in a troubling way might I add
charlie17
48
A very obnoxious lp that is at best derivative of the previous 2 lp’s and at worst ear gratingly poppy. I can’t stand around 75% of the tracks.
Best: W.A.N.D.(does something new and interesting with the lips sound, doesn’t sacrifice identity for pop appeal), Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung(serene vocal harmonies, off kilter rhythm)
Worst Tracks: Yeah yeah yeah song(Greg kurstin produced obnoxious nightmare), it overtakes me, Free Radicals(donal trump lmao), haven’t got a ... read more
Nihao757
60
I love this album cover, but the actual music is another story
WhatTheFunk
79
The Flaming Lips is one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. On this album, the Flaming Lips want to re-enchant the world, but without emptying it of its darkness, without refusing the confrontation with the morbid one. Myth, magic and fantasy are the essence of Flaming Lips. But being sidetracked by a moronic fundamentalism, their obsessions have become elsewhere a weapon, responsible for massacres. "At War with the Mystics" is a virulent charge against this misguided mysticism. This ... read more
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#90/Paste

Track List

  1. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
  2. Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)
  3. The Sound of Failure / It's Dark... Is It Always this Dark?? 
  4. My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life as Blazing Shield of Defiance and Optimism as Celestial Spear of Action)
  5. Vein of Stars
  6. The Wizard Turns On... The Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins
  7. It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big... I Am So Small... Do I Stand a Chance?
  8. Mr. Ambulance Driver
  9. Haven't Got a Clue
  10. The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)
  11. Pompeii am Götterdämmerung
  12. Goin' On

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