The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are less a band that thinks outside the box and more a band that fills the box with champagne and rainbows and swims joyously amid the psychedelic bubbles like big hairy mermaids. From a track-by-track cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to the ill-advised Dead Petz collaboration with Miley Cyrus, life is anything but dull when the Lips are piloting the goofball rocket ship. Which makes their 14th album, Oczy Mlody (Polish for “eyes of the young”), all the more disappointing. Cyrus duets with singer Wayne Coyne on the album closer, We a Famly, which is probably the most complete song here. While many of the loosely strung melodies in these childlike fairy tales lie somewhere, according to the silver-maned frontman, between Syd Barrett and A$AP Rocky, the demo-like jams sound more like Coyne and co flogging a dead unicorn.