The Flaming Lips

The Terror

> > Apr 12 2013

The Flaming Lips - The Terror
By Stephen CarlickJust a few weeks ago, when Wayne Coyne posted an abridged medley of songs from The Terror to the Flaming Lips' website, he also posted a long album manifesto. "The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing." He also wrote, a little more directly, that "The Terror is NOT fun…" He's right, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. If 2009's Embryonic expressed a long moment of chaos and destruction, The Terror is something like the immediate emotional aftermath — the damage has been done, but there's still no plan for rebuilding. This purgatorial state is conveyed via a collection of nine songs, beginning with "Look... The Sun is Rising," the most kinetic track on the album. "Look" churns and garbles like a radio transmission propelled by thundering drums and a wispy, falsetto vocal take from Coyne that turns into the haunting drones of "Be Free, A Way" and "Try To Explain," the latter of which attempts meagrely to summon hope via an uplifting chorus. However, the Neu!-inspired "You Lust" douses that flicker with 13 (mesmerizing) minutes of slow grooves and the whispered refrain of, "You lust to succeed." There's a metallic sheen to the production that's evocative of Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity, giving The Terror a technological, futuristic feeling that looms ominously over Coyne's gentle tenor throughout, making him sound even more human and small by contrast. At turns noisy, wistful and dark, The Terror is a beguiling record that's as beautiful as it is frightening.
(Warner)

GET IT!
Pop & Rock RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
Like religious music from the future.
Start Conversation
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Pop & Rock Highlights

This Week's Pop & Rock

Recent Pop & Rock

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. 'Trailer Park Boys' Actress Lucy DeCoutere Accuses Jian Ghomeshi of Sexual Abuse as Even More Women Come ForwardNEWS: 'Trailer Park Boys' Actress Lucy DeCoutere Accuses Jian Ghomeshi of Sexual Abuse as Even More Women Come Forward
  2. Petition Launched in Support of Jian Ghomeshi's Alleged Victims with the Help of Fucked Up, Katie Stelmanis, ConstantinesNEWS: Petition Launched in Support of Jian Ghomeshi's Alleged Victims with the Help of Fucked Up, Katie Stelmanis, Constantines
  3. Chief Keef - 'Big Gucci Sosa' (mixtape)MUSIC / VIDEO: Chief Keef 'Big Gucci Sosa' (mixtape)

Latest Issue: Nov 14 Issue