Marc Weingarten
July 05, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Soft Bulletin

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

For 15 years, the Lips have churned out modest masterpieces in psychedelic whimsy, but aside from a fluke ’93 hit (”She Don’t Use Jelly”), only cultists have benefited. All that should change with this ambitious epic, a vertiginous rainbow swirl that crams so many ideas into so many tight spaces that each track is like a perfectly rendered Joseph Cornell box. Frontman Wayne Coyne is a natural fabulist, weaving trippy tall tales within the folds of tricky, heartbreakingly frail arrangements.

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