Thursday 18 January 2018

Music: The Flaming Lips - The Dark Side Of The Moon **

(Warner Bros)

John Meagher

John Meagher

What a frustrating bunch Wayne Coyne and his buddies are. When they're on form -- think The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots -- their alternative art rock can be hugely appealing.





HHIII



But the Oklahoma natives aren't the most discerning lot and their recent studio forays have seen them take self-indulgence to new levels. Here, they attempt to cover Pink Floyd's most celebrated album in its entirety and, while they inject some fun into what is a sombre and, in places, dark record, they fail to re-imagine the work in any meaningful way, despite the presence of Henry Rollins and Peaches.

In fact, halfway through the overcooked runtime, you may be longing to hear Pink Floyd's austere sonic perfectionism. A missed opportunity and coming hot on the heels of the largely unlistenable Embryonic, the Lips are going though a very rough patch.

Burn it: Money

Irish Independent

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