On their follow-up to 2006's lukewarm At War With The Mystics, Wayne Coyne and co. offer a longer, more cogent listen that draws on darker influences and exudes a visceral, live-band feel. A clear progression from their late 90s/early 2000s psych-pop breakthrough discs, the album makes up in brooding what it lacks in immediacy.
And there's still a heavy dose of the weird: it's a double album delivered on a single disc, Karen O makes animal noises over the phone on I Can Be A Frog, and the deluxe edition comes in a furry package. But along with this requisite silliness come beautiful melodies (See The Leaves), exploding rock-out sections (The Ego's Last Stand) and catchy, laid-back guitar melodies (Silver Trembling Hands).
Top track: Your Bats