At War With The Mystics (studio album) by The Flaming Lips

At War With The Mystics by The Flaming Lips
Year: 2006
Release date: 2006-04-03
Overall rank: 1,638th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 308 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2006 (22nd)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (271st)
Award Best albums of all time (1,638th)

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At War With The Mystics is ranked 5th best out of 46 albums by The Flaming Lips on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Flaming Lips is The Soft Bulletin which is ranked number 108 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,331.

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75/100 (from 308 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 13% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.1/100, a mean average of 74.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.7.

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From 11/24/2021 06:21
I find this album more interesting, entertaining, and exciting than Yoshimi (which I also like).
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75/100
From 09/24/2021 17:27
And thus their amazing album run ended.
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From 12/30/2019 17:49
Good album.
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80/100
From 02/23/2019 20:38
The Flaming Lips is one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. On this album, the Flaming Lips want to re-enchant the world, but without emptying it of its darkness, without refusing the confrontation with the morbid one. Myth, magic and fantasy are the essence of Flaming Lips. But being sidetracked by a moronic fundamentalism, their obsessions have become elsewhere a weapon, responsible for massacres. "At War with the Mystics" is a virulent charge against this misguided mysticism. This album is probably the most Underrated of the band and remains one of the best of their discography in my opinion.

8/10

Best track: "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"
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From 10/24/2018 14:03
After the excellent three-peat "Zaireeka", "Soft Bulletin" & "Yoshimi" , the bar has unfortunately been set incredibly high for "Mystics" and although it is a solid record, it can't help but pale in comparison. There are some really good ideas here, but it doesn't really coalesce into a unified vision like the three previous records from the Lips that I namedropped. Still, definitely worth checking out for some good pop tunes.
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From 05/03/2018 23:37
Impressive yet underwhelming album from The Flaming Lips. "At War With The Mystics" (brilliant title by the way, along with the track names) sonically continues down the eccentric psychedelic pop path that "Yoshimi" trailblazed, however this one just doesn't hold up in comparison to that 2002 masterpiece. This feels messy and unfortunately the sometimes juvenile and mean-spirited lyrics make no attempt to remedy the record's structural imbalance. They've done better, but it's still worth listening to for an offbeat journey.
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95/100
From 03/19/2017 12:26
One of my favs from the lips.
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70/100
From 06/06/2016 13:24
I must admit this is my least favourite Flaming Lips album, at least of the millennium. It starts of well but then it fizzles out a bit. Probably, it's a bit overlong. Take out a few of the weaker tracks and you have a tight little album. Having said that, it is the Flaming Lips, so it's never going to be bad, but there has to be one album by any band you love that you consider the weakest. This is it for me for the Flaming Lips.
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From 08/13/2015 15:22
Fantastic album, criminally underrated - how this isn't even in the top 1000 confounds me. This album perhaps sees the Lips at their most versatile, the album with the most dynamic range - rocking hard on one song to creating astounding beautiful music on the next and not a weak track here (well, maybe Haven't Got a Clue, but c'mon even that's great) and considering there's near-on an hour of brilliance here that's no mean feat. Best album of 2006, top 5 of the 2000s and The Flaming Lips' second best only to the outstanding Soft Bulletin.
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