The Soft Bulletin (studio album) by The Flaming Lips

The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips
Year: 1999
Overall rank: 108th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,426 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1999 (2nd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1990s (20th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (108th)

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The Soft Bulletin is ranked as the best album by The Flaming Lips.

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-The Soft BulletinYoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 86 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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83/100 (from 1,426 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.2/100, a mean average of 82.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

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75/100
From 02/09/2022 17:32
I wonder about the high position of this album in the Bea All-Time list. Too high, I do not get this music. Do not actively hate it, but a relisten of this thing is not going to happen,
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95/100
From 02/04/2022 18:15
Great stuff!
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80/100
From 01/31/2022 21:37
Interesting music matched with appropriately weird vocals. Wayne is that guy you hang with on the off chance that one of the thousand bizarre things he’s going to say will be truly profound.
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From 10/16/2021 11:07
No me dice gran cosa. Bastante plano
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80/100
From 06/05/2021 14:45
Tem algo de grandioso, mas sem perder a leveza.
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90/100
From 04/30/2021 09:49
Sugery psychedelic pop fused with electronics is such an ear candy for me, also Wayne really fits his "ugly" vocals in his music. It suits with the sci-fi like production. Can't really understand the lyrics, but for me it's all the melody and the production. Overall, a masterpiece. 9/10
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From 11/27/2020 03:14
I have to go with the consensus on this one.....easily their best album. I know he doesn't have a good voice, (and it's especially bad here) but for some reason I like his singing anyway. Maybe because it's raw emotion and fits the music in a weird way. Near perfect album. Best songs are Race for the prize, Waiting for a superman, feeling yourself disintegrate
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95/100
From 10/18/2020 09:25
Fav. Tracks: Race For The Prize, A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, Buggin', Waitin' For A Superman, Sleeping On The Roof.
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60/100
From 09/17/2020 15:10
The music is cool but this guy is just an incredibly bad singer.
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From 06/26/2020 19:54
ionly listened to this the 1st time in 2018.i had heard of them,but at my age I thou bit wacky. now I love yoshima,but this album has more classic assessible songs.i love it.i play this a lot,i even let the neighbours enjoy the greatness of this album. never be afraid to try something new in your old age,as you will find gems like this.
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