At War With the Mystics Having developed their brand of euphoric rock weirdness in relative obscurity, the Flaming Lips' 11th studio album, At War With the Mystics finds them realizing… The Flaming Lips
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At War With the Mystics

GIVE ME 'LIP' The Flaming Lips go to War
Image credit: The Flaming Lips: J. Michelle Martin-Coyne
GIVE ME 'LIP' The Flaming Lips go to War

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Having developed their brand of euphoric rock weirdness in relative obscurity, the Flaming Lips' 11th studio album, At War With the Mystics finds them realizing they now have certain expectations to meet. Certainly, this would explain the self-consciously arch, if little referenced, central concept (space wizards are involved) and irritatingly upbeat opener, ''Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.'' But much of the CD is both beautiful and heartfelt, particularly singer Wayne Coyne's meditation on his mom's recent death, ''Mr. Ambulance Driver.''

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints