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Embryonic

The Flaming Lips

Embryonic

LabelWarner Music
VertriebWarner Music
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Endlich, nach Jahren des Wartens, kommt wieder ein vollwertiges Werk der Flaming Lips. Den durchaus bemerkenswerten Soundtrack zum Weihnachts-Spacetrip außen vor gelassen, hat es gefühlt unendlich und unerträglich lange gedauert bis zum Erscheinen von Embryonic.

Mit einem nun dann doch erscheinenden, wirklich sehr umfangreichen Magnum Opus, für den erstaunliche achtzehn Songs entstanden, war kaum noch ernstlich zu rechnen. Denn seit und mit der eher durchschnittlichen, weil wenig überraschenden oder gar irritierend und verstörend schönen At War With The Mystics-Liedersammlung schien die Band ausgebrannt. Für Lips-Verhältnisse entstand mit dem Longplayer von 2006 ein zu gewöhnlicher und fast etwas zu biederer, weniger schriller Nahezu-Wiederholungsdurchlauf der vorangegangenen Errungenschaften. Schließlich sind The Soft Bulletin und das ebenso funkelnde Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots-Album zweifelsfrei Meisterwerke des zuvor unerhörten, verspulten und bizarren Indie-Pop. Glanz und Glamour, Schrott und Schaden fusioniert.

Zuletzt war es schwer Auskünfte zu erhalten und beschwerlich den Kurs nachzuvollziehen. Auch  schwer zu sagen, ob noch jemand Flaming Lips die überhaupt braucht. An den Rand gedrängt, überholt, nahezu überflüssig geworden schien die Gruppe, wegen solch feiner Verrücktheitsbands wie Animal Collective oder Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter oder Black Dice. Wer allerdings versucht zu vergessen, was die Band bereits geleistet hat oder ihre Relevanz zu leugnen versucht, kann sich dies nun komplett abschminken. Mit Embryonic meldet sich die Kirmes-Combo eindrucksvoll zurück. Kompromisslos wird dem Vermengen von Ideen gefrönt, seien diese auch noch so abstrus.
Das semi-destruktive Scheppern ist allgegenwärtig, ebenso der besondere, verschrobene Popappeal der Lips und der ebenso spezielle Kitzel, welcher von Wayne Coynes zerbrechlicher Stimme ausgeht. Übersteuert, verzerrt, klirrend und doch immer wieder Pop und Kitsch vereinnahmend, ist Embryonic wohl, dem Titel entsprechend, die Renaissance der Flaming Lips.

Das Album bietet alles, was die Gruppe kann, also upliftende Abgehstücke: Convinced Of The Hex, abgehobenen Space-Pop: Gemini Syringes, vitales funky Zeug: See The Leaves, arty Krautrock: The Impulse, zum Schmunzeln anregende, sentimentale Sehnsucht: I Can Be A Frog, die Ballade für die Zeit unmittelbar vor dem Schlafengehen: If, abwegige, nirgendwo hinführende Lieder: Your Bats, zwischenzeitlich zu entrücktem Positive-Power-Rock emporsteigenden Weirdo-Soul: The Ego´s Last Stand und psychedelisches Melancholie-Mäandern: Powerless. Wirklich exzellent: Waynes World.

Tracklist:
  1. Convinced Of The Hex
  2. The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine
  3. Evil
  4. Aquarius Sabotage
  5. See The Leaves
  6. If
  7. Gemini Syringes
  8. Your Bats
  9. Powerless
  10. The Ego's Last Stand
  11. I Can Be A Frog
  12. Sagittarius Silver Announcement
  13. Worm Mountain
  14. Scorpio Sword
  15. The Impulse
  16. Silver Trembling Hands
  17. Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
  18. Watching The Planets
Highlights:

Silver Trembling Hands, Convinced Of The Hex, Watching The Planets

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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