The Soft Bulletin (studio album) by The Flaming Lips
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The Soft Bulletin is ranked as the best album by The Flaming Lips.
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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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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
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
Fav. Tracks: Race For The Prize, A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, Buggin', Waitin' For A Superman, Sleeping On The Roof.
The music is cool but this guy is just an incredibly bad singer.
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.
I'm going to echo numerous of the comments and say I don't fully get the appeal of this album, despite Flaming Lips being one of my favorite bands. Yoshimi, Clouds Taste Metallic, and Zaireeka all had an immediate appeal to me that this one doesn't quite have. Still like it though.
It took me a few listens, but this is a really strong album.
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Here’s the thing, I purchased this CD around the time it was released in 1999 and I distinctly remember being completely underwhelmed by the whole experience especially on the back of the universal praise heaped upon the band and in particular this album. Interestingly a year earlier in 1998 I had fallen in love with Mercury Revs opus ‘Deserters Songs’ a release sometimes compared to The Soft Bulletin’ both in song structure and band personnel. I should love TSB right? But at the time 20 years ago I just didn’t so that CD sat in my collection gathering dust
Fast forward to 2019 and realising it was its 20 year anniversary I took the opportunity to rediscover this album. Maybe 20 years ago I was too immature? Maybe I was too enamoured with ‘Deserters Songs’ at the time? Maybe I didn’t listen enough times? Maybe, maybe maybe...
So I did. I dived in head first and listened and listened and listened and read the reviews and read about the band themselves and checked out the lyrics over a full month. And ? ....
Unfortunately the magic just didn’t happen for me for a second time. Unquestionably I have a much better appreciation for the album as a whole and it’s okay IMO . At the end of the day that spine tingling “Ah Huh” moment was missing
So I’ve come to the conclusion TSB is one those highly touted albums I just don’t get ( adding to Animal Collective’s ‘ Merriweather Post Pavilion’ in a similar vain)
Guess the CD will be going back in rack
Awesome album, one of the best of 1999.
Favorites: Race For The Prize (both versions), Waitin' For A Superman (regular version).
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