The Flaming Lips – The Terror (2013)

The Flaming Lips – The Terror (2013) This feels and sounds pretty much like a dark, modern, minimalist, but soulful Pink Floyd album. Maybe with a healthy addition of King Crimson taste. It has something from that glowing, thirsty 70’s spirit, but sound fatter, feels like nowadays. “The Terror” is the thirteenth studio album by The Flaming Lips, and it’s to be released the April 1st 2013 worldwide and April 2nd, after a four year gap.
Lead vocalist Wayne Coyne describes the album’s general idea on the band’s official site: “We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”
Well, this is quite a dark vision, but a realistic one. I guess. There is no love left in this world, it was all sold or stolen and although, eventually, there is love between two people or small groups as a family, there is definitively no more love between humans generally. So, yeah, I kind of get it, feel it. Everybody for himself and against everybody else.

Man, it’s definitively something went wrong with this species!!
On the other hand Wayne Coyne says: “Why would we make this music that is The Terror — this bleak, disturbing record? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”


01 – Look… The Sun Is Rising
02 – Be Free, A Way
03 – Try To Explain
04 – You Lust
05 – The Terror
06 – You Are Alone
07 – Butterfly (How Long It Takes To Die)
08 – Turning Violent
09 – Always There… In Our Hearts
10 – Sun Blows Up Today

“The Terror” is a journey, a dream which never comes true, but probably some of the dreams better stay only dreams forever. This is a bold and minimal, expressive, but gloomy, fever burned trip into a world where the Sun might never rise again after this day it’s over. Quite a desperate thought, and if you are depressive lately, “The Terror” will make you feel much worst and if you feel alright, “The Terror” will make you depressive eventually.
So, I’m kind of afraid to recommend this listening, although this is a really exciting journey throughout.

The Flaming Lips – Official Site

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