Magazine article The Spectator

Losing Firepower

Magazine article The Spectator

Losing Firepower

Article excerpt

Man, I love the Flaming Lips.

Psychedelic rock sublimity. They movingly address the deepest human concerns without a whiff of irony, while also seeing the point of confetti cannons, dancing penguins, having the lead singer surf the crowd in a giant plastic bubble, and so on and so forth.

This week, mind you, they played the Camden Roundhouse the day after a tornado killed 24 people in their hometown and (in other news) they had to cancel a gig because singer Wayne Coyne had so bad a cough he couldn't speak.

No wonder they weren't entirely bouncy.

The material from their new album The Terror saw their usual ecstatic lift and soaring melancholy give way to a sort of minatory chug - like Led Zep played through an industrial rock-breaker. …

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