Album #253: The Flaming Lips – American Head

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
  • Label: Warner/Bella Union
  • Best Track: Mother Please Don’t Be Sad

I’ve never given a lot of attention to The Flaming Lips. Most of what I’ve heard from them until now has been OK without getting my pulse racing, but I’m giving their new 16th album a proper listen.

The band have already semi-featured on this blog with their Deap Lips mashup with Deap Vally. I didn’t care for that record much at all, but this one is more to my liking, even if I still can’t get massively excited about it.

The lyrics are interesting, particularly on closer ‘My Religion is You’, and there’s an obvious narcotic theme running through the album with ‘Mother I’ve Taken LSD’ and ‘You n Me Sellin’ Weed’ among the track names. Wayne Coyne’s mum seems to be addressed frequently, with the achingly melancholy ‘Mother Please Don’t Be Sad’ a highlight.

This record hasn’t really made me like The Flaming Lips any more or less. I’m just cool with them, basically.

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