Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
label: Warner Bros.
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
As has become
standard fare for a Flaming Lips EP, their latest release features
a wonderful combination of new, EP-exclusive tracks and remixes
of the title track and "Do You Realize," another track
from their latest full-length release, Yoshimi Battles the
The album opener,
"The Assassination of the Sun," follows The Flaming
Lips current trend to craft music at the lighter end of the musical
spectrum, with their trademark electronic embellishments. And,
as usual Wayne Coyne's spectacular ability to invoke emotion and
imagery through his vocals succeeds as well, with lines like "And
as you dided in the night / a million stars formed into one /
and became another sun / and everything was orange."
The next two tracks,
also exclusive to this EP, follow in this "sun" theme.
"I'm a Fly in a Sunbeam (Following the Procession of a Stranger)"
is nearly a jazz number, albeit an electronically themed instrumental
space odyssey of a jazz number. Coyne opens "Sunship Balloons"
with a spoken word introduction exploring the benefits of our
ability to feel love, and then goes into standard Yoshimi-era
The "Do You
Realize??" T.P.S. remix (which I'd assume stands for The
Postal Service, as Jimmy Tamborello handles remix duties here)
nearly deconstructs the song to the point where all that remains
of the original is the vocal line. Still, Tamborello's programming
here, as on his work with The Postal Service and Dntel works quite
well in it's ambient simplicity, making this remix of "Do
You Realize??" worthy of inclusion on the EP - possibly even
improving on the original.
The two remixes of
"Ego Tripping..." however, do not fare quite as well.
The Jason Bentley remix tends to get a bit boring over time with
it's repetitive sampling, while the "Self-Admiration with
Blow-Up Remix" seems to lose a bit of the punch of the track's
original version. Likewise, "A Change at Christmas,"
from the Flaming Lips' upcoming film "Christmas On Mars"
does sound a bit more like a soundtrack piece than a standalone
piece... perhaps it has a bit more punch during the holidays,
but it just doesn't click here.
Fans of The Flaming
Lips will undoubtedly appreciate their latest EP, as the first
three exclusive tracks will find themselves at home next to any
of their releases from Clouds Taste Metallic on. New
fans might be a bit interested to know that the original album
version of "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" is nowhere
to be found here... although it was likely left off as most people
picking this EP up will have already experienced Yoshimi Battles
the Pink Robots.
liked Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell...
Assassination Of The Sun
2. I'm A Fly In A Sunbeam (Following The Funeral
Procession Of A Stranger)
3. Sunship Balloons Listen Listen Listen
4. Do You Realize?? (T.P.S. Mix)
5. Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell (Ego In
Acceleration Jason Bentley Remix
6. Ego Tripping (Self-Admiration With Blow-Up
7. A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So)