22 Songs, 1 Hour 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just when you thought The Flaming Lips couldn't get any weirder, they drop a double album of paranoid psych-rock freakouts interspersed with glimmering moments of Zen. Embryonic balances brutality in the acerbic, lo-fi shrieks and screeches of "Convinced of the Hex" and the chaotic, metallic crunch of "Worm Mountain" (featuring MGMT) with pure shots of lucidity in the bass-heavy, soft-pop sparkler "Gemini Syringes.” "Silver Trembling Hands" is the best of both worlds, throbbing with terror before collapsing into a soothing psych-pop dream.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just when you thought The Flaming Lips couldn't get any weirder, they drop a double album of paranoid psych-rock freakouts interspersed with glimmering moments of Zen. Embryonic balances brutality in the acerbic, lo-fi shrieks and screeches of "Convinced of the Hex" and the chaotic, metallic crunch of "Worm Mountain" (featuring MGMT) with pure shots of lucidity in the bass-heavy, soft-pop sparkler "Gemini Syringes.” "Silver Trembling Hands" is the best of both worlds, throbbing with terror before collapsing into a soothing psych-pop dream.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 Ratings

Supergus2 ,

Bask In The Glory Of This Album

You cannot pass judgement on this piece of work from one listen. At first it sounds rough and unfinished, but if you want something substantal and satisfying the Flaming Lips will not let you down with Embryonic. This is a record you can listen to many times and find new things to discover. I say in a very complimentary way that this is their White Album.

Twin Cam Akiko ,

Leaders of the Loudness-War Charge

The Flips are not vitctims of the loudness war - they are leading the charge. Load up these tracks in a wave analyzer and see for yourself. Brickwalled to death. The mastering process has stripped the songs of any nuance, causing ear fatigue at even low volumes. I'd wager a bet that even Metallica's last album has more dynamic range than this. It's too bad, because the production and mastering render the album almost unlistenable. A well mastered album should not be brickwalled - unfortunately, this one is, and it sounds terrible.

BlastoPFD ,

Don

For a band to keep innovating and making amazing music for so long -- well it's nearly unprecedented. I wouldn't call this album a return to form, but more of a blastofrackalicious mind-meld.

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