The Soft Bulletin is the ninth studio album by American rock band the Flaming Lips, released by Warner Bros. Records on May 17, 1999, in the United Kingdom, and on June 22, 1999, in the United States. The album was released to widespread acclaim, and was hailed by critics as a departure from their previous guitar-heavy alternative rock sound into a more layered, intricately arranged work.Wikipedia
Sometimes Indie is an excuse for bad singing
Dreamy; heartfelt; frankly spoken and delivered lyrics that sound like they're coming from the neighborhood kid. Ultra intricate layering worthy of the call out to Pet Sounds. Basically, this album is the blueprint for the indie art band sound that became such a hit by 2010.
Definitely a The Flaming Lips fans. I'd probably prefer Yoshimi over The Soft Bulletin but this is my 2nd fav album of theirs. Also a huge fan of Wayne Coyne's vocals, although sometimes from live performances they sound a bit rough, recorded they have that perfect balance of normal-sounding-guy with a passionate vulnerability. Race for the Prize is ever so more relevant in our COVID world. The Flaming Lips whole vibe is happy melancholia; softly sad but smiling, dancing, and laughing while slowly letting tears fall. Their concerts always look like one big party, I'd love to go to one but a bit sad I missed out when they were in their prime. 4.5 to 5 for me.
It was groundbreaking at the time, and it's still excellent now. Love the crunchy drums and Fridmann production.
Listened to this album a lot in 1999, together with Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs. Band is operating in their own universe. A lot of these 1001 albums have a perfect song order and build up. Just like this album, which might take some time to grow. At some point, it gets a bit messy and crowded, with all these little noises, and then "What Is The Light" starts..
I love the Lips. They make me proud to be American in the age of American decline. They tapped into something new with this album. Still raw like their early stuff, but dropped the guitars and picked up electro beats, glossy detuned disney synth strings. Still relentlessly optimistic. They started composing. Matt and I unintentionally saw the Lips a couple years after Soft Bulletin came out at the Seattle Pier with De La Soul, Kinky, and CAKE. At the time I didn't fully get what they were going for on stage. Random people in furry costumes danced around the stage. Glitter everywhere, splashing off the drums. shooting out from a hand cannon. Wayne sang through a microphone that blew out green smoke and crushed fake blood over his forehead. I untintentionally saw them a couple more times as they got bigger and Wayne started rolling over us all in the audience inside a giant clear balloon and convincing people from the crowd to jump onstage and dance naked. Digress. In the Climate Pledge Arena of America's greatest bands, there will one day be a Flaming Lips banner hanging proudly in the rafters, somewhere next to the Grateful Dead, the Mothers of Invention, and KISS. This is thier Revolver, or maybe thier Kid A. But dressed with a weird American glittery excess, self indulgence, and hope that seems out of touch with practical reality. A+
Love this album, love them. Think I'd use the term earnest for this one.
thought he'd die half the way
Whiny indie-pop skip-divers respectfully plunder pop history as far as their moderate talents allow. At their best, that's far enough for a couple of songs (The Spiderbite Song, for example) to get within kissing distance of the hem of Peter Stampfel's ragged gown.
Wow. I- I - I- This album was IMPECCABLE. Where to begin. How about with the horrendous arrangements? Some of them started off innocently, like the slow opening credits of an old Disney film, but then a swarm of whining metal wasps enter to help arrange these disasters - er, sorry, REmasters. Ha. The album began so obnoxiously with The Race for the Prize I actually LOLed! The drummer’s little “one, two, one” couldn’t prepare me for that woefully rambunctious not unpleasant whatsoever madness; at some point a car alarm went off outside and I didn’t notice for a good 20 seconds because I thought it was part of the song. The background vocals combined with the sporadic bursts of percussion, jeez, I couldn’t help BUT nod my head. Like yes, bang bang, give us nothing! And is it just me or did the lead vocalist sound like Paul McCartney, but STRAINED? Like he was forced to run a 10K while singing exceptionally hollow lyrics. For example, listen to the line “They lifted up the SUUUUUNNNNNNNN” in A Spoonful Weighs a Ton (before the song descends into literal turmoil). Speaking of - The lyrics were so astonishingly simplistic, I couldn’t tell whether the songwriters were just high or perhaps … literary genius? Maybe you can help, because, from The Spark that Bled ~ “I accidentally touched my he-ead And noticed that I had been blee-eeding For how long I didn’t knoooow” it’s almost as if they’re implying that the singer just discovered he’d been bleeding from his head for quite some time I don’t know though I think I might be overanalyzing this… Or The Spider Bite Song ~ “When you got that spider bite on your hand I thought we would have to break up the band To lose your arm would surely upset your brain The poison then could reach your heart from a vein” Clear, to the point and nostalgic - no, really, it takes me back to first grade when we learned about RHYMES for the first time, I think I came up with a poem just like this actually Or even better, Buggin ~ “All those bugs buzzing around your head Well, they fly in the air as you comb your hair And the summertime will make you itch the mosquito bites Well, they bite Yeah, they bite But you still tell they're there” Guys I think they’re onto something here! Bugs bite, oh they bite alright! I got a mosquito bite on my ankle yesterday, do you think they’re implying that this bite was in fact, from the mosquito that bit my ankle that was bitten by the mosquito who decided to bite my ankle that had a bite from the very same mosquito? Lastly, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate started off promising with some unsettling “brap-bap-bap-brrrap-bap-bap-bap-bap”s , then dissolved into another timeless drone devoid of any meaning. This is the ENTIRE song (don’t worry I don’t think I can get a copyright strike bc of how deliciously generic the lyrics are): “Love In our life Is just too valuable Oh, to feel For even a second Without it But life Without death Is just impossible Oh, to realize Something is ending Within us Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate Feeling yourself disintegrate” At this point I really felt myself begin to disintegrate. And combust. And become one with the dead mosquitos on my window net. With all that being said (I hope it was comprehensive enough), I think I might have weakly enjoyed this if I was unwillingly under the influence of some mysterious psychedelic plant, maybe the Flaming Lips have some to spare? Look I appreciate profundity in simplicity, but this was uh … pretty bad. Except for the first two, the tracks melted into an indiscernible mass of misplaced drums and ridiculously elementary, LITERALLY the tackiest lyrics I’ve seen in a long time. Wait, don't be offended, it’s honestly refreshing! It could also be that I’m laughably wrong and the album is too sophisticated for my measly uncultured in the genre of reverby rock (or wtvr this is) mind to process. I can never tell. After all, the band somehow has over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify????
Great stuff from a band in their prime
I can easily see this going down as an all time favorite for me, it is gorgeously produced, trippy as all hell, and genuinely tearjerking. Appeals to me massively as an indie fan.
Very easy listening. Good background music while you work or hang out
Great background music. I like it.
Lisää nuoruuden suosikkilevyjä. Ei ihan yhtä selvä vitonen kuin Oasis mutta eipä tälle voi yhtään vähempääkään antaa. Ei sorru yhtä överiksi vedettyyn progeiluun ja psykeilyyn kuin jotkut muut Flaming Lipsin levyt.
Traveled to OKC to see the band play this record on NYE. Big fan.
Seems to be the least popular Flaming Lips album for SOME reason. A wonderful soundscape, Wayne Coyne just does not know how to make bad music
Had heard this many times, an all-time classic in my opinion.
Already listened. The Spark that Bled is great.
Geweldig album, maar ik kende deze uiteraard al. Ik heb 'm op CD.
the boldness and creativity from the flaming lips never ceases to amaze me. what a fun and fearless group. the wry innovation within their compositions should be an industry standard.
A joy to listen to. This was my first introduction to The Flaming Lips in 1999 and have never looked back.
A surprisingly beautiful album. A rare album that I threw back on immediately after listening to it. It's weird, but also has some wonderfully sticky hooks in it, as well as some varied instrumentation and some interesting noise influences here and there. Could imagine enjoying a relaxing evening flying among the stars to this record. Favorite tracks: "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton", "Waitin' on a Superman", "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate"
Listened to this one a bunch of times. More than I normally give an album. It’s great, oddball lyrics that I’m not entirely sure I followed but liked. Elements of progressing psych, electronic and all sorts of just unique Flaming Lips. Definitely 9/10
Intricately layered and beautifully produced. This album was incredibly influential when it came out and it holds up very well. These songs are so well written and constructed that it almost sounds less complex than it actually is. It is one of those albums which rewards multiple listens due to the amount of stuff going on in each song.
Here's the perfect blend of dream pop and trippy indie rock that I didn't know I was waiting for. Must have been pretty far ahead of its time, so much so that it still sounds better than the majority of indie rock bands that got popular with exactly this kind of sound more than 10 years later.
I fucking love everything the flaming lips does
Feels like I am floating adrift on an ocean of sonic goodliness. A great way to start my day.
After hearing the follow-up to this album "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" and giving it a 5 upon first listen I was hoping this one wouldn't disappoint... and it does not. Honestly I have no idea how I missed out on these guys when these albums were released - it has everything I love about music; detailed harmonies, gorgeous melodies, dramatic arrangements, interesting instrumentation, and just a little imperfection here and there (e.g. vocals - which work perfectly with their music). All the while having accessible songs. Another 5 - this is becoming a favourite act of mine. 9/10 5 stars
Genius, really lush and diverse, with lyrics that tell a story and work as a whole piece. Loved it.
awesome 5 out of 5
i used to think this was the lips best effort. over the last 5-10 years i've wandered more towards yoshimi, clouds taste metallic, and hit to death, but this is still a really good effort. way better than 99% of music ever put on wax.
a band reaching the peak of their powers here. glorious.
A spoonful weighs a ton
suave, rico, ambiental, está bueno para escucharlo en cualquier contexto, se siente la importancia que tuvo el hecho de que esta obra saliera en el '99, es realmente bonito. "race for the prize" es fantástica. "waitin' for a superman", también. el final de "the spark that bled" me encantó. "feeling yourself dissintegrate" es etérea. escucharlo todo corrido con audífonos es realmente una aventura, no puedo creerlo, mejora el disco de una manera impresionante en una palabra: cool
All time fave!
i like flaming lips
The Flaming Lips first drew my attention back in ‘93 with their song “She Don’t Use Jelly.” The lead singer’s raspy voice seemed to be just barely catching the notes in an endearing way and I loved the song. But for whatever reason it wasn’t until decades later that I would listen to a full album from them and discover how truly magical they are. That time came at the height-of-the-pandemic when I saw a video of The Flaming Lips performing “Race for the Prize.” Each band member was inside a plastic bubble performing to an audience who were each in plastic bubbles. Self-preservation juxtaposed with the need to connect. The song seemed to be written about the scientists researching the COVID vaccines, but I was surprised to discover it was the opening track of this album from 1999. So 22 years after its release I found this album. What I found was wildly catchy, filled with insightful songs that veer wildly from the epic to the mundane. The insights into the human condition perfectly captured by this album startles me throughout. How about insects? “The Spiderbite Song” captures the fear enormous consequences from daily events. “Buggin’” annoying mosquitos mirror the annoyance of love. Did “Waitin’ for a Superman” just make me tear up a little again? “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” captures our complicated feelings about our transient emotions in a wonderfully simple song. The moment when the lead singer clears his throat before the last verse makes me feel like I’m with someone who cares. It’s a truly special moment on a truly special album. “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” places death directly front and center. Instead of instilling fear instead it makes me feel less alone. So much love, loss, fear, hope, sadness, joy packed into an hour. Such lush, musical experimentation! More than a great album, The Soft Bulletin is a perfectly timed musical hand on my shoulder. I’ve made a new musical best friend.
I love their raggedy vocals and quirky, specific lyrics. They've got a bit of a 70s AM radio sensibility that I find quite charming.
I was apprehensive when this album came up. I was pleasantly surprised, as I expected something with more noisy and rockin’ guitar. This was quite listenable and interesting.
That guy you know that loves Indie rock music? This is in his top 5 of all time. I spent a better part of the mid-2000's trying to get my friends to talk about anything other than The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. That said, I'd never gave this album a listen. I still don't like the lead singer's voice in a lot of sections but once you get past the whiney portions... this album is very good. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's a little psychedelic rock, modern alt rock, electronic, and experimental. The lyrics tell the story of someone going through grief, maybe having an existential crisis. Either way, its a little trippy and a neat listen.
Yes! This is still great. Happy memories of seeing them live. Brilliant to listen to the whole thing again. Best song is obviously, boringly, Race for the Prize.
очень атмосферненько сразу слышно конец 90х начало 00х softlyy agreable music
Always a pleasure to listen to this brilliant collection of music. The Flaming Lips' brand of highly experimental pop rock often borders on the inaccessible, but they hit the perfect mix of avant garde creativity and beautifully melodic on 'The Soft Bulletin'; it's like taking The Beatles at their prime and throwing in late 20th century studio magic with just the right amount of weird. Not only is this album an accomplishment musically, but the lyrics are also often incredibly poignant and powerful. Songs like 'Waitin' for a Superman' or 'Suddenly Everything Has Changed' do such an amazing job at capturing and conveying emotionally heavy and profound ideas in such beautifully simple ways. An absolutely perfect album and worth many, many listens.
I don't care what Jeremy says this album is baller.
Twee in places but still got a lot of instrumentation and sounds in it
Awesome record, great atmosphere. I love Wayne’s voice. Favourites are “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” and “The Spiderbite Song.”
Fun album, solid listen
this one is cool
Good album overall. The Flaming Lips definitely show their range and versatility on this one. Sounds fresh after 20+ years. Not quite at their peak, but close.
Minner litt om et elektronisk kaizers. Liker det etter to sanger hverfall. Teatralsk og spennende
Not my favorite Flaming Lips record, but it's up there. Listening to Race for the Prize is pure indie pop bliss.
Nice Flaming Lips album. Definitely need to give this one more listens.
Not my fav record of theirs but still very awesome.
I like the flaming lips but haven't taken a dive into their discography. This is a good album and I would listen again as it is what I think of when I think of the flaming lips.
Not as good as robots but still loved this. The opening 2 tracks are fantastic
Bit of a Niel Young style to his voice. The Spiderbite song was weird but also seemed genuinely caring. The Gas was my highlight.
Strange and uplifting. Sometimes becomes a bit meandering and I lose focus. Nonetheless, presses a lot of my buttons. Love the chaotic drum energy.
Favorites: Race for the Prize, The Spark that Bled, Spiderbite Song, What is the Light, The Gash, Waiting for Superman, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, Sleeping on the Roof Widely considered to be the one of the greatest albums of the 90's and the Flaming Lips' masterpiece.
Nice melodies with good singing, sometimes more experimental
Wow, not expecting that. Totally fit in with what I’ve been into.
Never listened to flaming lips but this has notes of YES, Neil Young and Radiohead.
Never heard this. Pretty bad ass - The textures and layers - geez
It was a pleasant listen.
Nie jest złe trochę nudy
J’ai bien aime comme musique d’ambianceen faisant d’autres trucs. J’ai porte attention plusieurs fois ca rj’aimais ce que j’entendais.
Qué lyrics y qué música. No los conocía y fueron un gran descubrimiento.
Not my favourite Flaming Lips but still so great.
From the first few notes and the pounding drums of Race for the Prize you know this album has chops. The Lips toned it down from their harsher punkier origins for this album and introduced some very nice catchy melodies. This album was a harbinger of even greater things to come.
Catchy songs, lush orchestration and production, kooky lyrics and song titles. Singer sounds a bit like Neil young at times. I've listened to them in bits over the years but remember that all the cool people liked them.
Tego albumiku bym sie tutaj nie spodziewal, nie jest to album z wysp brytow, nie jest latwy w odbiorze, od strony technicznej brzmi mocnym garazem, ale jednak posiada status kultowego wsrod okolo psychodelicznych albumikow wczesnych 2k, album z 99, gatunkowo rock utrzymany w klimacie psychodelicznym wykorzystujac do tego poteznie rozbudowane symfonie, instrumenty, dzwieki, sample, halasy i wokal tworza jedna spojna i niepowtarzana calosc, trzeba mocno podkrecic na glosnosci zeby wsluchac sie w niuanse melodii, ale jest to gra warta swieczki, od pierwszego do ostatniego traka wylewa sie to z plyty, otwierajacy mocno drumowy banger, jak i zamykajacy sleeping on the roof ktory do perfekcji wykorzystuje proste sample i klawisze, tworzac z nich czilujacy ending plyty, opening juz byl na plejce, to dorzuce taka 9 i 6
Fun. Definitely felt like a story .. this feeling of traveling along. I especially liked “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton”. Man his voice sounds strained though
I actually really enjoyed this. Never given 🔥👄much of a chance but I thought this was a really slick album. Opening track is quality
En ole aiemmin harrastanut tätä orkesteria. Otetaan tarkempaan seurantaan.
This is honestly one of the best psychedelic pop records of all-time. It is a joyous, celestial celebration of sound where symphonic music meets pop music on an acid trip. Big fun.
Just gets stronger as the album goes on - Especially from what is the light onwards - will be back to this for sure
I didn't fully listen to the whole album, which messed up my listening experience, but I can say I did enjoy it. I've had issues with this because I've been off work, then followed by traveling. I hope to be able to accomplish my daily listen in a few days.
Didnt finish it but was actually enjoying it, quite old school indie rock
This is a good one for the car, really like this album.
Skjærende vokal, pompøse tekster, akkurat på grensa til å bli for ektefølt... Men det funker for meg! Hørte gjennom i senga i går kveld, og følte mange følelser. Rått og ømt, passe storslagent noen steder. Observerer at feel yourself disintegrate bruke "brrapa brrap" 20 år før trap var en greie. Virkelig nyskapende.
I wish I knew how they get that wonderful sound.
This is another one I have very fond memories of. Transmissions from the Satelite Heart was my first Flaming Lips album and I loved it dearly. This one isn't my favorite, but it's still one of their better albums, for sure. What takes this one down a notch for me was that it included a remix at the end, which felt kind of dumb and/or cheap to me. I didn't get. I still don't. Still, Flaming Lips.
I didn't get it at all on my first listen, grew on me on the second time through though. This would be a phenomenal album for a road trip through the forested country side or a camping trip. Pretty good but reviews that told me it was one of the best albums of the 90s set me up for disappointment.
Flaming lips sound and arrangements. Good Album 3.5
4/5 - Not my cup of tea, but good for what it is
Dreamlike throughout. Not always a good dream, sometimes a little sad or scary, but always ethereal. I liked it?
I prefer Yoshimi, but tough to deny the excellent songs, beautiful melodies and innovative arrangements of this unique musical experience. 4 🌟
again slowish, psycheish, chill, etc, but a bit better
IDK what it is, but the Flaming Lips have my number. I'd only ever heard Yoshima vs the pink robots before seeing them live and I loved that. This isn't quite as good, but a trippy weird vibe that just hits me perfectly. I think its because it has similar tendencies to the prog metal I like but with a chill vibe suitable for morning coffee.
I feel like the Flaming Lips put a lot of things that apart would sound awful but together make for a really unique, enjoyable sound. Honestly might give it a second listen just to decide on 4 or 5 stars. UPDATE: didn't listen again, staying safe with a 4.
Race For The Prize has me interested. Three tracks in and I can feel the album really has musical legs that it is stretching. The lyrics of this album are really good. By the end of this album, I was hooked. Will merit a second listen.
Ecco un altro album che mi ha messo seriamente in crisi. Conoscevo i Flaming Lips da alcuni pezzi ma non avevo credo mai ascoltato un album intero. Sono rimasto davvero piacevolmente colpito, il loro stile ha un fascino innegabile su di me e incontra pienamente i miei gusti. Ho trovato i pezzi molto originali, tanto più sapendo che è un album del 1999. Un'altra nota sicuramente positiva è il fatto che lo spirito dei pezzi varia abbastanza, mi piace come ci siano pezzi più seri e pezzi più surreali. Comunque The Spiderbite Song è un capolavoro. Ho apprezzato quasi tutti i pezzi e ne ho messi diversi tra i preferiti. Forse l'unico lato negativo è che sento che è un album a innamoramento lento, ci vorrebbero più ascolti protratti nel tempo perché penso che ci siano parecchie chicche che ci vuole tempo per apprezzare. Per me è un 4.5 che però, con mia enorme sorpresa, per qualche motivo non mi sento di promuovere a 5 anche se vorrei. Forse diventerà un 5 dopo altri ascolti.
I Flaming Lips sono un gruppo che sicuramente approfondirò. Quest'album mi è piaciuto molto a livello compositivo: arrangiamenti originali e testi veramente belli. L'unica nota negativa per me è stata la voce, ci ho messo un po' per digerirla (inizialmente ho pensato che la voce del cantante dei Mew sarebbe stata ideale perché leggermente più precisa), ma dopo un po' di ascolti sono arrivato alla conclusione che mi piace così com'è e che non sarebbe stata la stessa esperienza se cantato diversamente. Aggiornamento: ho ascoltato un altro album loro dopo questo, per curiosità... Ho scoperto solo dopo che è in lista ahahah
Great drumwork, synths and general breadth of sounds.
Okay maybe I like the flaming lips more than I thought
An album that grows on you. It has some great songs and some that are kind of forgettable.
Nice! Much more enjoyable than I would have guessed, but I'm here for it.
I liked it, but I can see why The Flaming Lips aren't for everyone. If you like the Lips, you'll definitely love this one.
pretty pretty cool
There's a distorted sound to the drums on the first track. I'm not sure if its intentional or my poor equipment. Anyway, I have heard of the Flaming Lips, but am not very familiar. They lead vocals on Race for the Prize sounds like Neil Young. The more I read about these guys the more I like them. They did a concert during the pandemic in bubbles and the audience was in bubbles too. Just brilliant! Do You Realize is a song I do know - but it's not on this album. That must be how I know them. This album has made me a fan though. Great inclusion on this list. There's so much happening with these songs. Music, lyrics, experimental stuff all mixed up. I like the whole weirdness of it. As this album goes, I like it more and more. I never would have listened to this or gave it much of a thought. Moreover, if I did, I doubt I'd listen to the full album, but this is a complete album where each song has something great about it. There's a Beatles psychedelic vibe to many of the songs, which I also like, especially What is the Light, A Spoonful Weighs a Ton ,even Race for the Prize. Spiderbite song was really good too. Call it a 4.5
That's a style I quite like
Amazing album. Great use of different sounds and techniques. Soft, artsy, dram pop-rock.
Typical Flaming Lips album. Good, borderline great.
I did not like this album on first listen, particularly the vocals, but it definitely gets better with each listen. The sound is very layered and the dynamic between the instrumentals and the melancholic lyrics help create a unique vibe. The lyrics reflect on humanity: the joys and struggles of daily life. Favorite tracks: Race For The Prize, A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, Bugging, What Is The Light, Suddenly Everything Has Change, The Gash.
Twinkle precious stardust vibes
I’d call the Flaming Lips, and this album, Dirty Precious. It’s an interesting combo of stripped down and dirty guitar and drums and spacey synth with transcendental/cutesy lyrics. The first song is one of my favorite songs, especially to dance to. The album is very solid, though I ft the limitations of their kit and at times it gets repetitive in the drum realm. Great album though. 4.
Great album, but not their finest hour. Very good precursor but Yoshimi is their finest.
Nice and spooky
Almost certainly their best album. Like the big pseudo-symphonic psychedelic sound. Alot packed in there. Always respected Wayne for staying rooted in Oklahoma rather than moving to a coast or a larger metropolis.
"Waiting for a Superman" is very catchy, gets into my head. Weirdly, the "Mokran mix" is preferable to the original. "The Gash" has a great big sound, this is the side of Flaming Lips that I like the best. There are a lot of songs on this album that make me focus on how pitchy Wayne Coyne is. I do respect what they are doing though. Crazy that they were a band for 13 years before they struck gold with this album. Waffling between 3 and 4 stars.
It was good, but unfortunately lacks the special elements from Yoshimi to really pump it up.
Pretty nice flaming lips album. Wayne Coyne does a nice job having a very soothing and chill singing style. The lips always have had interesting beats and their lyrics can dig a little deeper. This was a pretty good listen. There were a few beats that stood out that felt modern. 7.7/10
Another Great choice Wayne Coyne at his lyrical best, Love "Race For The Prize" my Favourite here
Iv never really got into the flaming lips, I think it’s the vocals that initially put me off. After the first listen I can clearly see why this album is on the list, I just don’t enjoy it as much as other indie albums for the same era. So I made a bit more effort and gave it a couple of more listens today and wow so glad I did. Musically and lyrically this is brilliant. Not quite a master piece but a solid 4 stars, will continue to listen to this album going forward
Ah yes, the Flaming Lips. Proving that music peaked in 1969 and again in about 1999. If you get a chance, watch a video of their concerts. I don’t like everything they ever did, but nearly every song in here is inventive and surprisingly listenable. Some people like Yoshimi better. They’re wrong. This is better.
Beautiful is the word that comes for mind.
It's cool to hear this band as I feel like this style was ahead of its time for 99. I enjoyed the album, some of the songs were a bit noisier than I typically like though
I always find myself avoiding the Flaming Lips because of Wayne Coyne but every time I do listen, it's super enjoyable. The orchestration is lovely and grand, and this album goes interesting places without being totally alienating
Ace stuff. Love the Flaming Lips
De cara uma das coisas que mais gostei no álbum foi a estética, a capa e todo o conjunto que forma ele me agrada muito e é uma estética que carrego em projetos pessoais. É um álbum que eu nunca tinha ouvido, mesmo já conhecendo a banda, talvez seja aqueles álbuns que cresça conforme vamos ouvindo, não fiquei apaixonado, mas gostei do álbum, talvez eu ouça ele mais algumas vezes pra ter um veredito, mas até o momento minhas músicas favoritas são: race for the prize; the spark that bled e feeling yourself disintegrate.
Nice to get a refresher on this album
I own this and occasionally put it on, but it’s another one of those albums I don’t really think too much about until I’m reminded of its existence in some way. Then when I’m listening to it I always think I need more Flaming Lips in my life. This is a great album, I love the weirdness of the lyrics (the whole notion of Race for the Prize is just bananas) and the arrangements aren’t any less interesting. Listening to the whole thing as I am now but with more attention than usual, I’m struck by the mixing on the drums - they’re quite high up and very present - and also by the way that there seems to be a basic structure for the songs… but other than that, they could just as easily be completely improvised around that skeleton for all I know. (The lyrics hint at that, as do some of the instrumental backing bits.) Idiosyncratic is the best description.
me likey pretty much this. :) 8/10
Il m’aura fallu quelques écoutes, échelonnées dans les dernières années, pour enfin apprécier cet album. La forte présence des synthétiseurs enveloppants, le traitement radical de la batterie, le sens des mélodies sont les points forts. Une certaine homogénéité des titres et la fragilité de la voix me plaisent moins.
Très bon album, l'ai écouté 2 fois Premier de la série que je compte m'acheter la galette
The Flaming Lips at their best in songwriting. Marked the beginning of a modern psychedelia sound that we'll see revisited in artists like MGMT. Tracks are symphonic and beautiful, easy to slip into. Just as good as Yoshimi, except instead of a concept album full of interdepencies, any track here could stand on its own. Many parts sound like 60s psychedelic pop albums, I can hear Pet Sounds and Odessey and Oracle at several points, but they utilize modern production to create an identity for themselves that later neo-psychedelic groups would follow.
Weird but works. Wish I could give like a 3.8 score so I’ll just round it up. Who is Mokran? He’s awesome
Fantastic album, probably a 4.6 or 4.7
Love this album. Full of joy and hugely uplifting
Never listened to the Lips before... this was a fun album
Not the Flaming lips I know best, but very flaming lips.
Another delightfully mellow album. I like this a LOT for working. Dare I say it has a strong prog feel? Many times I felt like they played Genesis-type drumming fills (no pun intended haha). I think I actually like this one better than the Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots?? I would give it 4.5 if I could.
The Flaming Lips, eccentric name aside, is weirdly never hit never miss in the two albums that this list imposes upon the listener. Perhaps that is the why here, that music that neither bores nor excites, softens or enrages, that one could both wake up and fall asleep to, does in fact exist and can be simply accepted for what it is. While innocuous music certainly is not rare, The Flaming Lips have in a way made their generally acceptable sound their selling point. Their sound does not seem heavily engineered, lending them a certain feel of indie-rock without the shortfalls of a limited or inexperienced budget. Musically, the drums were probably the most noticeable in terms of being different. "The Spiderbite Song" being an example, where the drums were given some added effect. However, upon closer listening the drums seemed to have consistently been tweaked in a creative way, as if they refused to use a drum cage opting instead to put the drumset somewhere else in the building and keep all the doors open. Overall, this is a fine listen and the band sounds young and motivated. Vocals are not perfect but they are not trying to be, and that lends to the aforementioned indie-band feel.
Didn’t like it at first, but grew on me slowly. Often found myself wishing the best bits would last longer though.
Some really good tracks on here. Much better than expected.
This album was an unexpected love when I listened to it the first time
The Flaming Lips are a band you must listen to at least once in your life. And "The Soft Bulletin" is the album most fans will probably tell you you must start with. It's a nice album overall. I'm just wondering about one little thing. My oh my, why hasn't anyone (other band members, producer Jonathan Friedmann--*anyone*) told the singer he was decidedly singing OFF-KEY during the takes??? I'm all for "rough" or "fragile" vocals in certain genres (like with Flaming Lips' models Mercury Rev, for instance). Emotion is sometimes more primordial than perfect notes as to how the human voice can affect listeners. It can bring a sense of authenticity that makes up for a singer's technical limitations. But there's a limit. And *The Soft Bulletin" clearly blows that limit away to pieces. This is how an album that could have been a legendary one, ends up being a good one instead. This is how you lose one star, folks. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 894 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 57 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 27 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 23
Jazz rock perhaps? Not sure if that’s a thing, or if this is that, but it’s rock with an atmospheric spirit, kind of freely exploring a mood in the way jazz might. I’ve heard a couple Flaming Lips albums and find them to be quite good. This is a solid album, with a handful I’ll return to. Give us some more! Favorite tracks: Race for the Prize, The Spark that Bled, Sleeping on the Roof, Waitin’ for a Superman. Album art: Really like the retro style and the bold colors. From what I remember, these guys do album arts really well. 4/5
This was a jamming album, I really liked it. Great pacing and fun songs. I breezed through this album though this seemed like a movie soundtrack too which is pretty cool. This might be my fav album this week besides ol blue eyes.
I like this. It's atmospheric and dreamy at times, and just a good album.
Not as experimental or weird as some of their albums and that makes it more approachable. Also you don't need 4 cd players to listen to it. A nice listen on a rainy morning.
I guess I’m kind of a Flaming Lips fan, but never really thought about it. I like almost all those music.
I like the Flaming Lips a lot and I really like the direction they went on this album. I do love this album but like pretty much every Flaming Lips album there are one or two songs where Wayne's voice is bit much. My fav lips album is still Yoshimi but this is a close 2nd.
El primer de la trilogia màgica de Flaming Lips. Van perfeccionar la seva música a partir de la seva pròpia experiència i la refinació de les seves influències. Psicodelia moderna, aventures musicals, lletres personalíssimes i imaginatives, i una música que et transporta. Potser a 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' encara van anar un pas més enllà, però aquest 'The Soft Bulletin' està pràcticament a la mateixa alçada i és un dels discos que dona sentit als 90
This is some kind of weird unidentified weapon album, the warm and magical musical hinting at the development (discovery?) of the Softest Bullet, the strange "prize" everyone had been racing for, its element so heavy that a spoonful weighs a ton. This whole album glows with radioactivity, some of it being from the laboratory, some from comic book spiders, and a lot more of it from outer space, where our supermen come from. How long have our heads been bleeding and we've not realized it? How is it that we are all glowing with this...substance? This wonderful album explores the intersection of the material and the immaterial, the chemical and the emotional, helping us understand that we are ineffable, hybrid beings, a mix of the physical and the spiritual. And it's okay to be so.
Интересный альбом. Пожалуй, одни из самых необычных и интересных аранжировок среди тех, что я слышал. Материал мне не очень понравился, но к ознакомлению рекомендую. 7 из 10
Why did no one tell me this album was like a combination of Yes, Queen, and Pink Floyd?! It's got a lot of the things I like about psych rock, leaning in a vaguely prog rock direction.
Okay, Flaming Lips are pretty cool. A lot of it runs together, but this is solid symphonic rock. I can get behind this. B
Heard this album before, but it was better than I remembered. Chill album, without a ton of what I would call hooks, but still very pleasant and enjoyable. 4/5
Listening to this album made me feel at peace. The instrumentation the song structures and the production all have an ethereal and fantastical element to them. The track Waitin for Superman is a perfect example of a song that makes you feel that everything is going to be ok. Listening to this makes me want to check out the rest of their discography.
The lush arrangements provided by this alternative band trades guitars for strings and a myriad of other instruments. They’re going for pop music through the lenses of quirky, heartfelt songs. All of this is driven by bombastic drums, which makes this an enjoyable listen.
Didn't have a lot of hopes for this but was pleasantly surprised. Marking as a 4 so I will revisit it someday
in a room full or spiders with good music battling the pink robots while we fall in love
A great series of tunes with exciting instrumentation
Would give it five but Wayne coynes a lil bitch
yeah, I really like this. I find the songs mellow but energetic at the same time. This album manages to be pretty experimental while still being very listenable & melodic with catchy hooks. I also always like the lyrics... like bob dylan on acid. They don't take themselves too seriously, but aren't straight up silly (most of the time). favorite tracks: what is the light the spark that bled a spoonful weighs a ton race for the prize waitin for a superman the gash 4/5 (great)
first listen lots to explore just in this record, looking forward to exploring more of their extensive discography
Easy-ish listening. His voice is tough to power through at times. Quintessential late 90’s alternative. Album is well made and consistent throughout.
The first track invoked a beautiful sense of a sort of melancholic nostalgia in me and the feeling never left.
It's very out there but some are catchy.
Insanely intricate. Everything all at once all the time. Not the best for casual listening. If someone is willing to sit and taste all the flavors, it is worthwhile
A legitimate classic.
enjoyable and calming
I always thought I hated the Flaming Lips. A lot of their recent stuff is not my taste. I was pleasantly surprised when listening to this album! This is classic indie-psych-rock from the 90s. The production is fantastic, and while the songs aren't catchy, they have so much raw emotion in them. Highly recommend. Best Songs: A Spoonful Weighs a Ton, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate Worst Songs: Waiting for Superman
Need to listen to it a few more times to tell if I like it but I feel like I will
This sounds like the first 21st-century psych album to me. There are plenty of nice surprises peppered throughout, and, while the annoyance quotient is still present, beauty overwhelms it.
Smooth like banana moose. This is a great album, nice and chilled and a unique sound. I saw the flaming lips earlier this year and it was a beautiful display of colour and sound. Check them out if you get a chance.
Interesting record that is always worth a listem
I heard this a few years back and never thought much of it. Upon revisiting the album, my opinion has happily been transformed.
Admittedly didn’t listen closely. Admittedly the album seduced me anyway: gorgeous stuff, like a more obviously band-oriented Stereolab, with those gorgeous strings. Can already tell this is gonna get some play around Christmas for me, some sad night. Beautiful stuff, even if I’m not exactly convinced to lay my life down for it.
Easy listening and relaxing
Again I must have never truly paid attention to the brilliance of The Flaming Lips - this is a great sounding standout of an album - it’s not as perfect as the masterpiece that is Yoshimi but it ranks pretty high to me.
really really compelling. could listen to this a bunch.
This was an interesting and compelling album. Interesting orchestrations and so many lyrics that jumped out while listening.
So they don't use jelly on this one. Probably because…a spoonful weighs a ton? I'll show myself out.
Really cool sounding record. I love the sounds and production and arranging. I don’t really like the singer’s voice but it kind of grew on me a little. I like the instrumental song sleeping on the roof. I enjoyed listening to this album while dozing off in the cab.
One of my two favorite albums of theirs (along with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). Classic Flaming Lips.
I think I'm maybe being generous here today... I liked some of the songs and would probably put it on again at some point. A soft 4
Didnt rlly know what to expect but this was rlly solid. It has some skips but also some utterly beautiful tunes