Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

by The Flaming LipsThe Flaming Lips

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Overview

Brian Wilson once said he was trying to create "teenage symphonies to God" with the Beach Boys -- a baton that the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne seems to have picked up (and carried into adult territory) a few years back. Following in the footsteps of 1999's The Soft Bulletin, this strikingly nuanced disc -- which takes its name from contributor Yoshimi P-we of the Boredoms and OOIOO -- takes the band deeper into outer space and, simultaneously, further into the inner spaces of Coyne's psyche. While Yoshimi has its share of oscillating pop beauty -- the fragile opener, "Fight Test," is one of the more gorgeous bits of gossamer to drift off terra firma in quite a spell -- the disc balances the sweetness with a goodly amount of darkness. That end of the spectrum is occupied by slowly unfolding space-rock epics like "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell." There are even fewer guitar freak-outs here than on Bulletin, which may cause furrowed brows among longtime Lips lovers, but that doesn't mean there's abundant empty space: Coyne fills the nooks and crannies with skittering electronics (on the two-part title track) and bizarre-world rhythms ("One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21"). Despite all the references to machinery and technology, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots remains, at its core, the most human of albums -- one concerned almost exclusively with love, loss, and -- on the mournful "Do You Realize?," which raises the notion that "one day everyone you know will die" -- the places where those things intersect.

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Release Date: 07/16/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624814122
catalogNumber: 48141
Rank: 63969

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