Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
Label: Warner Records
It took 10 albums before the Flaming Lips broke into Billboard's Top 100, and that came with 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Highlighted by hit single "Do You Realize??," the record is both playful and pensive, the lush orchestral beauty of 1999's The Soft Bulletin bleeding into sobering meditations on love and mortality. Amongst talk of pink robots and astrological imagery are simple requests to self-reflect, and the Lips provide a soundtrack to do just that with narcotic electro-scapes and Wayne Coyne's languid purrs giving you the freedom to float into space.