Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #475 / 898
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Based on 743 ratings
2017 Ratings: #68
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

It's clear that the experiment was a success and that the microtuned instruments fit in perfectly with their oddball aesthetic. It's also evident that King Gizzard can do no wrong, and as the first of five planned albums for 2017, Flying Microtonal Banana will be hard for them to top.

80
Exclaim!

While this experiment (and use of the zurna) might perhaps not being everyone's cup of tea, Flying Microtonal Banana is a rollicking groove machine of a record, as explorative and endlessly searching as the band themselves.

80
DIY

Rich, imaginative, and more than a little strange.

80
Northern Transmissions

‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is a hazy, propulsive rock record that shimmers all kinds of different colours. A middle eastern flavour ripples through the album’s 9 tracks; you can almost feel the humidity from busy street markets and with it different tastes and smells.

80
The Needle Drop

The new King Gizzard album, while not a thorough experiment in microtonal tuning, is a fun and intense psych rock experience.

75
The 405

Like last year’s Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard’s performances are muscular and relentless. Though the songs still fade into one another, Flying Microtonal Banana is far more compact.

74
Pitchfork

If Flying Microtonal Banana’s randomized approach is ultimately less transfixing than Nonagon Infinity’s maniacal focus, it nonetheless shows that, after eight previous albums, this band’s creativity and curiosity knows no bounds, and their singular balance of anarchy and accessibility is still in check.

72
GIGsoup

‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is equally as bonkers in musicality as its title suggests - yet its dynamic, ever-changing psychedelic rock certainly refreshes the industry palette.

70
Crack Magazine

On Flying Microtonal Banana, their mix of experimentation, insatiably chugging rhythms, and classic psych screech-and-squawk, sounds so, so right.

70
Sputnikmusic
Predictably, it still sounds sorta, kinda, exactly like a King Gizzard album.
70
PopMatters

All of the weirdo tones and notes of the album will certainly be a point of divergence in opinion on Flying Microtonal Banana ... in the execution, while ambitious and interesting, the band could have gone further and broader.

65
Under The Radar

Flying Microtonal Banana is a rock album drawing from a more nuanced tonal palate. It's a serious ask; why did western music abandon this complex tapestry of notes in favor of comfortable simplicity?

60
Loud and Quiet

This is probably the most focused full-length yet from the Melbourne outfit, each track imbued with a palpable sense of purpose.

60
The Guardian

Flying Microtonal Banana is occasionally pleasant but mostly pedestrian. If anything, it’s a step back from the experimentation of last year’s fierce Nonagon Infinity

58
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a solid record and one that’s sure to please fans, myself included, even if it doesn’t meet the highs of its predecessor.

morningsbell
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MasterCrackfox
83
Oh, hi there friendly reader. If you're reading this in the future, which you assuredly will be, the prolific act King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard just released their seventeenth album in less than a decade, L.W. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to give myself a little musical challenge for the group who seem to have no idea how to stop making content, which I take a lot of inspiration from. Over the next forty eight hours (time of beginning 4:00 PM on a Sunday) I'm going to see ... read more
redbded
81
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Flying Microtonal Banana is the first of the 5 albums King Gizzard put out in 2017, and caught my eye due to the great album cover, as well as it also getting a noticeable amount of praise. And even though I definitely prefer Nonagon Infinity, this album is definitely a grower, and one that sounds quite different from what I expected.

Flying Microtonal Banana contains something known as microtones, which I did not have the knowledge of ... read more
365WHATAPPLE
76
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RakkSmells
80
For King Gizzard's first album out of their 5 released in 2017, the band experiment with microtonal instruments and go for a more middle-eastern influenced sound. While the concept could've been fleshed out some more the actual result of this album is an amazing psychedelic rock album including some of King Gizzard's most catchy and unique sounding tracks yet. Songs like Melting, Sleep Drifter, Billabong Valley and the title track have a very Middle Eastern sound, which gives them this very ... read more
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Added on: November 11, 2016