Oczy Mlody by The Flaming Lips

C. Kinsley
February 6, 2017

RATING:

50

%

TRACKS:

12

LABEL:

Warner Bros.

RELEASE DATE:

01/13/2017


The Flaming Lips are a band originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that formed in 1983. Members include frontman Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins. Oczy Mlody is their fourteenth studio album release.

Oczy Mlody comes across sounding like the B-side's of 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The Flaming Lips were at the peak of their creative powers back then, and while constantly evolving their live show presentation, they kind of let go of the reins in the studio, becoming less focused and even sometimes too experimental. The new record does have its share of creative moments, and it's even better than just about anything they've done in the past ten years, but it's inconsistent and never leaves a lasting impression. Overall, the music which is mostly made up of dark ambient electronics, is actually quite good, but it's the muddied songwriting that ultimately brings it down. Just when you think that there is something there, more often than not the record will slip off the path and fall too far down the rabbit hole. Standout tracks include "Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)" and "Nigdy Nie (Never No)."

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