VODKA VODKA returns in February. Limited early bird tickets are on sale right now!

CD Review: The Flaming Lips 

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Warner Bros.)

The Flaming Lips promised at least one new song a month in 2011. To help lighten the load, they enlisted a diverse cast of collaborators. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, which gathers the results and was originally released as a Record Store Day exclusive, slaps the guests' singular imprints on top of the Lips' usual orchestral acid-space jams. So Neon Indian add a dreamy analog sputter, Prefuse 93 offer blissed-out Eastern glitch drone, and My Morning Jacket's Jim James goes for noisy, billowing southern soul. The kumbaya moments with Tame Impala and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes are less rewarding. On the LP's most extraordinary track, Nick Cave grabs the baton with Vegas-crooner/circus-barker vigor and negotiates a wobbly sidecar loaded with baroque flair. Perfectly strange and wonderfully Lips. — Chris Parker


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Jan. 20
  • Tinder Live with Lane Moore @ Grog Shop

    • Tue., Jan. 22
  • Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Wed., Jan. 23

© 2019 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation