Embryonic After spending the '90s proselytizing on the uses of Vaseline ("She Don't Use Jelly") and the 2000s reinventing themselves as kindly freak-folk father figures ("Do… Embryonic After spending the '90s proselytizing on the uses of Vaseline ("She Don't Use Jelly") and the 2000s reinventing themselves as kindly freak-folk father figures ("Do… 2009-10-13 The Flaming Lips Rock
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Embryonic (2009)

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EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 13, 2009; Lead Performance: The Flaming Lips; Genre: Rock

After spending the '90s proselytizing on the uses of Vaseline (''She Don't Use Jelly'') and the 2000s 
 reinventing themselves as kindly freak-folk father figures (''Do You Realize??''), the graying Oklahomans have mutated once again. Their 12th album is a heady stew of fuzzed-out satellite trans-
missions (''Gemini Syringes''), jazzy spaz-outs (''Aquarius Sabotage''), and enthusiastic animal noises courtesy 
 of Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O (''I Can Be a Frog''). Equal parts overwhelming and intoxicating, Embryonic is a trip worth taking. B

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Originally posted Oct 07, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints