AOTY 2019

The Soft Bulletin

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #2 / 98
User Score
Based on 457 ratings
1999 Ratings: #8
June 22, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Brothers / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

Hardly party music, but remember Dark Side of the Moon? Pass the bong. This is some good shit

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Soft Bulletin is absolutely stunning. Zaireeka was a massive breakthrough for them, but Soft Bulletin is the true gem in their catalog.

100
AllMusic

There's no telling where the Lips will go from here, but it's almost beside the point -- not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Frontman Wayne Coyne is a natural fabulist, weaving trippy tall tales within the folds of tricky, heartbreakingly frail arrangements.

90
NME

'The Soft Bulletin' is a joyous, celestial celebration of sound. Rhythmic and piano-laden, it's heavenly in both its conception and execution.

90
Spin

The Soft Bulletin may be the most extraordinary rock record you'll hear all year.

60
Rolling Stone
Their music isn't, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.
luna128
87
if this was radiohead or pink floyd every single one of you fuckers would be giving this a 100
thomasny18
90
An emotional rollercoaster of an album. A youthful, kaleidoscopic, blissful experience, that reminds me of childhood memories. On the other hand, it has it's emotional lows. An album that speaks "You can get through this, but it won't be easy." It shields you from conflict, then suddenly leaves you stranded. Like a bird in it's nest, you'll soon one day fly away and explore what life has coming for you.
ThrowBackG
85
An album with songs so good
THEY'RE ON THE ALBUM TWICE
Atrocityblubber
99
Not too many albums has this type of charm
24kofficial
72
Aw shit, this is the album I’m going to have to pretend to “get” to be accepted, isn’t it?
Undeniably interesting and unique songwriting, it just doesn’t... appeal to me (the same way it seems to have appealed to all of you)? Good album, no doubt. But not something I’m planning on coming back to until G-d descends from his heavenly throne and tells me that I’m ready to understand it.
FAVORITE TRACKS: Race for the Prize, What Is the Light?, Waitin’ ... read more
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Year End Lists

#2/Pitchfork
#7/Paste
#7/SPIN

Track List

  1. Race For The Prize (Remix) 
  2. A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
  3. The Spark That Bled 
  4. The Spiderbite Song 
  5. Buggin' (Remix) 
  6. What Is The Light? 
  7. The Observer 
  8. Waitin' For A Superman 
  9. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
  10. The Gash 
  11. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
  12. Sleeping On The Roof
  13. Race For The Prize 
  14. Waitin' For A Superman [Mokran Remix]

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