HE FLAMING LIPS Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Warner) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Leave it to Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips to build a song cycle around the story of the shouty singer from the Boredoms saving the planet from pink robots. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is another ambitious bit of orchestral psych from Oklahoma City's finest, complete with the standard ruminations on life, death and human frailty. The peculiar decision to use cheaply-synthesized drums over the live jackhammer beats of Steven Drozd aside, it's largely business as usual, driven by Dave Fridmann's outlandish production and with great songs beneath the blurps and bleeps. It's effortlessly smooth, but Yoshimi Battles also sounds like the end of a phase. The Lips have been essentially mining the same territory for three albums now. They may be running out of ideas.