The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2017 Ratings: #640 / 838
User Score
Based on 227 ratings
2017 Ratings: #765
January 13, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Sign In to rate and review



It’s possible that Oczy Mlody will disappoint those looking for an easy hit, or the sound of old-school Lips, but for those willing to persist and explore, it’s a work of nuance and intelligence.

Slant Magazine

Oczy Mlody doesn't overwhelm or immediately impress, but instead invites listeners into its elusory world of crossed senses, unassigned values, and blind turns, hoping they end up in the same place Coyne thinks he's headed: to an idyllic future state that feels just like the past.


The music delivers on successfully altering the body and mind in the iconic band’s latest chef-d'oeuvre cook up.


They’ve managed to meld together the grand themes of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi…’ with some of the experimentation of ‘Embryonic’ and ‘The Terror’, and it makes for a fascinating return.

Loud and Quiet

This is the most vital Lips record in a while and, true to their paradoxical style, is one of their subtlest, too.

Drowned in Sound

With Oczy Mlody, The Flaming Lips have managed to take us on apocalyptic journey that’s also fun, which is no mean feat. If the 'real' end of the world is half as fun, we’ll all be alright.

The Skinny

Some of their sillier excesses may jar ever so slightly and fans may well feel the absence of a true pop banger ... In every other aspect, however, this is The Flaming Lips on top of their game: refracting the weirdness of the world through a youthful sense of awe and wonder.

The Guardian
Somewhere in the haze lurks their old knack for writing great, off-kilter pop songs that reflect and escape the bewildering world around us.
Under The Radar
This time, the music took clear precedence over the concept, and that's worthy of rejoicing.

On Oczy Mlody Oklahoma City’s finest manage to build a bridge to the rest of us norms, making some of their must listenable and straight-up lovely music along the way.


Oczy Mlody continues the Lips’ longstanding mission to explore the joy and sadness of simple human consciousness, so that even when the album loses its footing – which it does, often – it never loses its way.

Crack Magazine

A good Flaming Lips album is all about scale, and while it’s not as boldly experimental as some of their past work (think Yoshimi part 2, rather than Zaireeka), the album still manages to map out worlds within itself.

God Is in the TV

Oczy Mlody is not an immediate album, but give it chance and it has the power to draw the listener back time and again, and becomes quite addictive. A very successful return from everyone’s favourite Oklahoma all-stars.

No Ripcord

They continue pushing boundaries using familiar sounds as starting points, fusing warped electronic and ambient atmospheres with fried psychedelics, and with even less emphasis on anything resembling conventional "rock" music.

The Independent

It’s a lovely, silly, serious work that draws one in despite the bursts of utopian cosmo-babble.

Consequence of Sound

Save for a few moments, it’s generally slow and somber. Sure, the imagery is some of their most blacklight poster-inspired to date, but even the most druggy reference isn’t without a touch of sadness, a party lingering on too long as the morning starts to break.


As they move on from the crises that inspired The Terror, they bridge the abrasive sound that started on 2009's Embryonic and the try-anything whimsy of their collaboration with Miley Cyrus in ways that are surprisingly complex.


While Oczy Mlody finds the Lips still eager to stretch the parameters of their aesthetic 30-plus years into the game, this time, it leaves them sounding a little distended and shapeless.


Unfortunately, Oczy Mlody fails to keep building on the momentum of its studio album predecessors. Though the record builds on The Terror's cerebral paranoia, its occasional forays into Casiotone drum beats and nonsensical lyrics make it an uneven, confusing effort.

The Line of Best Fit

In stark contrast to the razor-sharp sense of purpose and unity of its predecessors, the album's meandering lack of focus soon becomes impossible to ignore.

Rolling Stone

The album is a bitter pill at first but it pays off to tune in and turn on.


‘Oczy Mlody’ is the sonic equivalent of a deserted space-ship adrift in the cosmos, with Coyne as the lonely repair-bot dusting the diodes. A psych rock Passengers, then, rather than Barbarella.

Pretty Much Amazing

The band has become pros at surprises, and their new record Oczy Mlody is their biggest surprise yet: it’s a disappointment.

The Needle Drop

The Flaming Lips follow up their 2013 album The Terror with a less emotionally and texturally rich project.

Frequent changes in instrumentation and tone ultimately make ‘Oczy Mlody’ feel unfocused, and without any of the band’s signature flamboyance to fall back on, it makes for a dull listen.

Oczy Mlody feels less like the group’s 14th grand artistic statement and more like a minor footnote to a once-great band’s recent output.

The Observer

Rich in interesting R&B-influenced textures, its songs too often fail to engage, particularly on a ponderous second half.

The 405

Oczy Mlody at times feels like a pale imitation of The Flaming Lips, by someone who only knew of the band through their reputation for quirky antics and hyperactive, costumed live shows. The problem is that whilst it occasionally gets the stylistic elements right, there’s very little substance.

Tiny Mix Tapes
In some ways, it is as an exercise in stripping away everything that makes The Flaming Lips such a truly special group, leaving only that which serves as decorative tinsel to their music, hanging limp and lifelessly in the air.
The Flaming Lips continue to gift the listeners with some interesting sounds years and years after their first incursions in worldwide notoriety. The band has definitely had their ups and downs during all this time, and their latest release, a collaborative effort with Miley Cyrus, was by far one of their worst efforts to date, but on their new album, Oczy Mlody, the psychedelic rockers surge once again with an interesting work. This album sees the band indulging into that psychedelic blend of ... read more
Oczy Mlody, sounds like an album in progress, all the songs sound unfinished.
Quoting Clash because I agree:

They’ve managed to meld together the grand themes of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘Yoshimi…’ with some of the experimentation of ‘Embryonic’ and ‘The Terror’, and it makes for a fascinating return.
easily their worst album in my flaming lips binge so far. the simplicity of the lyrics, which is typically something i find engaging in a flaming lips album, is just really dumb and annoying here. the production is also pretty boring, and "do glowy" is easily the worst track i've heard from the band so far. still, there are some legitimately good moments on oczy, and wayne coyne's vocals are still pretty engaging. i can see why people enjoy this, but it's not what i want from the ... read more
who is this band and what have they done with The Flaming Lips?
Purchasing Oczy Mlody from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

Track List

  1. Oczy Mlody
  2. How??
  3. There Should Be Unicorns
  4. Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)
  5. Nigdy Nie (Never No)
  6. Galaxy I Sink
  7. One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill
  8. Do Glowy
  9. Listening to the Frogs With Demon Eyes
  10. The Castle
  11. Almost Home (Blisko Domu)
  12. We a Famly
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.

Added on: October 20, 2016