Artist: The Flaming Lips
Title: “Clouds Taste Metallic”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
“Clouds Taste Metallic” is the seventh platter from Oklahoma rockers The Flaming Lips, one which sees the group in a transitional period.
“Clouds” marks the shift from the band’s guitar-driven first decade-plus toward the space rock and psychedelic landscapes of the group’s later years, beginning in earnest with 1999′s “The Soft Bulletin.”
The band has both periods at the same dinner table in “Clouds,” with numbers such as “Lightning Strikes the Postman” showing off their alternative chops, but numbers such as “This Here Giraffe” or “Bad Days” sowing the seeds for future, dreamier efforts such as “Do You Realize??” or “Buggin’.”
Made with frequent Lips producer Dave Fridmann, “Clouds” lacks the gloss and shine of “Soft Bulletin” or “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” Further, singer Wayne Coyne is a less confident singer, with his off-key warble making “Placebo Headwound” a little hard to take.
Still, once “This Here Giraffe” comes, “Clouds” hits its stride and defines itself as one of the Lips’ better offerings.
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