THE FLAMING LIPS
Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell
Warner Brothers Records
Wayne and the boys have unleashed another EP of sound-only visuals. This one includes two fairly interesting remixes of the title song and a bubbly new mix of last years brilliant Do You Realize. More interesting are the 4 new cuts. Assassination Of The Sun is as sad and wrought with loss as anything the Lips have done. The fragile voice of Coyne and the soaring music of the band are certainly tear jerking when combined and is enough to induce an existential angst filled panic attack (trust me)! Im A Fly In A Sunbeam is the reflective after glow of Assassination. Thankfully, Sunship Balloons lightens up a bit with the musing that is the trademark of the band. The final cut is the seasonal A Change At Christmas. The sweet and sincere delivery of the if every day was like Christmas sentiment overrides the cliché. Its enough to make a cynic hopeful if only for a one shining moment. Say it isnt so.
Chris McKay / concertshots.com