The Ego's Last Stand
Label: Warner Records
Never ones to hide their freak flag, the Flaming Lips flail it, whip it and sometimes drown under it on their first double disc. An exercise in knob-twiddling, guitar-noodling and vocal-manipulating, Embryonic blurs the line between genius and insanity ever more. Guitars and electronics squeal and flirt amid beatnik musings, mathematician chatter and animal squawks (from Karen O), as heavy bass lines dominate. There is filler, but also a good many gems: "Convinced of the Hex," "Worm Mountain" (with MGMT), "Silver Trembling Hands," "Watching the Planets."