11 September 2020
NME review: “Frontman Wayne Coyne and his band of merry pranksters take a trip down memory lane, exploring tales of adolescence through their psych-smeared prism. Coming in
hot off the back of the colossal mind-bending fever dream that was 2019’s ‘King’s Mouth’, The Flaming Lips have crash-landed back to frontman Wayne Coyne’s childhood town of Oklahoma city. Their 16th album, a quasi-concept record, loosely documents his teenage years. ‘American Head’ takes listeners on a walk down memory lane, Coyne’s own personal Americana viewed through a dreamy, nostalgic haze of friends, family and biker gangs (Wayne Coyne’s childhood was not like yours and mine)… Rather than using their fantastical bubble of sound to transport listeners into distant galaxies, as they have done so many times before, the band here float softly above Oklahoma city, where Coyne sits up front, quietly contemplating beauty and childhood.
‘American Head’ is a soft, reflective moment of taking in and appreciating the vista once the trip has worn off – when king’s heads and evil pink robots have melted away – and the dust has settled.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Quote: “I want people to be ecstatic but to cry at the same time.” Wayne Coyne
Key line: ‘Contender for album of the year.” Turn Up The Volume!
Singles: Mother Please Dont Be Sad / Flowers Of Neptune 5 / My Religion Is You / Dinosaurs On The Mountain / You ‘N’ Me Sellin’ Weed / Will You Return – When You Come Down
– FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6 –
– MY RELIGION IS YOU –
– DINOSAURS ON THE MOUNTAIN –
– YOU N ME SELLIN’ WEED –
– WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN –
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