The Soft Bulletin (album) by The Flaming Lips
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The best album by The Flaming Lips is Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots which is ranked number 99 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,997.
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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.
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).
Baroque pop on shrooms. I say that in the best way possible.
Suddenly Everything Has Changed
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
The Spark That Bled
Race For The Prize (Remix)
Sleeping On The Roof
A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
Waitin' For A Superman
I never felt the emotional connection to this album that I was hoping to feel. I like all the songs and still think it's a quality album but I don't feel the same attachment that I do to other albums. The only time I felt that the album evoked any cathartic response from me was the last two non-remixed songs (Feeling Yourself Disintegrate and Sleeping On The Roof). Those two were done very well, in my opinion. Speaking of the remixes, I'm not a fan of including remixes and original songs on a final cut. I'm not one to typically adhere to album rules but I don't think the same song should be on an album twice. I'm all for interpolation and callbacks but straight up putting two of the same songs on an album twice (granted, remixed) is where I draw the line. They could just as easily have been released as an EP.
I prefer "Zaireeka" a bit more for its experimental audacity, but "The Soft Bulletin" is a pretty, swirling comedown that's quite honestly top-tier psychedelic pop.
I much rather prefer my mp3 album version to my cd version, as the mp3s have no remixes and has slow motion on it, a great song.
Virtually a perfect album-a must listen to.