The Flaming Lips – The Dark Side Of The Moon The Flaming Lips – The Dark Side Of The Moon

The Flaming Lips - Darkside of the Moon

The Flaming Lips - Darkside of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon is a sacred production to stoners, hippies, and freaks alike.  Though regardless of whom it appeals to most, it is unarguable that Dark Side is an important venture in the timeline of music history.  Perhaps that is why it came with a fair share of shock and skepticism when Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips announced that his band, along with contributors, would reconstruct their own rendition of the classic.  Stardeath, White Dwarfs, Peaches, and Henry Rollins also factor in prominently, filling in the cracks left open by The Flaming Lips.

The Flaming Lips do seem like the sensible band to undertake such a project.  Confetti shooters, gigantic pulsating vaginal lips, human bubbles, and disco balls are all a fraction of the elements brought to a live Flaming Lips show.  The recent Lips album, Embryonic, heralded the return of the psychedelic quartet and also stood as a logical precursor to covering one of the most psychedelic acts formed, in Pink Floyd.  Indisputably the groundwork has already been laid, and has stood for years, but it is unmistakable these are very adaptive covers.

The extremely enhanced spacey vocals are here, as well as the guitar layers of fuzz and effects.  These are the elements that do not let you forget who is doing the covers.  On “Money” it is hard to tell whether a Macintosh default voice is talking over the whisper, or perhaps if it truly is Coyne’s singing after a few wires and programs do their job.  The guitar solo on “Speak to Me/Breathe” could easily be misconstrued for a fax machine with dial up internet on the fritz.  The spoken word performances by Henry Rollins are justifiably outstanding, appearing on seven of the nine tracks.

The iconic ringing of clocks on the original “Time” or the splashing of cash registers and coins on “Money” will not be found here.  In its place instead are coughs and rhythmic breathing to go along with the droning buzz of electronic feedback, respectively.

The interpretations of “Us and Them”, “Brain Damage”, and “On the Run” are the paramount tracks and are done craftily. The aforementioned tracks contain powerful, at times foggy, instrumentation with haunting and lucid vocals.

Bottom line is that cover albums are unequivocally difficult.  Roger Waters will never be walking through that door; the bar already set unfairly high, and generally it is already known what is in store for the layout of these tracks.  Wayne Coyne understands this; he also has enough character to take that risk.   Dark Side Flaming Lips style is as good as it could be, that much is obvious.  These tracks will appeal to Flaming Lips fans, yet Pink Floyd purists will most likely take offense and struggle to realize this is just an avenue for younger fans to discover the original masterpiece and more work from Floyd.

Track List:
1. Speak to Me/Breathe
2. On the Run
3. Time/Breathe (Reprise)
4. The Great Gig in the Sky
5. Money
6. Us and Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse

The Flaming Lips - The Dark Side Of The Moon, reviewed by Baer on 2010-03-29T11:23:18-07:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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