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Album Review: The Flaming Lips - The Terror

Album Review: The Flaming Lips - The Terror

Monday 13th May, 2013 4:17PM

Concept albums and any kind of rock music invoking the word 'opera' are like Terrence Malick films: you know a good ones exist but even the slightest miscalculation and you will find yourself mired in a turgid swamp of self-indulgent dribble. I don't care if Tommy was innovative, it is boring as hell and not all ground needs breaking. Expansive works and grand statements benefit from wisdom and wisdom cannot be accumulated rapidly. The Flaming Lips, however, have a thirty year career to draw from and while their sixteenth release The Terror is neither their first concept album nor their first invocation of Space Opera, it continues to demonstrates that they veer more towards The Thin Red Line and not The Tree of Life.

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