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CD Review: The Flaming Lips' Dark Side of the Moon



The Deal: The Flaming Lips team up with Stardeath and White Dwarfs to recreate Pink Floyd's classic album in its entirety.

The Good: The band has tried to stay true to the original, while also adding their own spin to it. As long as you aren't looking for a note-for-note rendition, you should be pleasantly surprised. It's about as spacey as you'd expect. "On the Run" doesn't sound much like the original outside of some sound effects. Henry Rollins offers up some spoken word segments throughout the disc. While "Speak To Me/Breathe" is a little off from the original, "Time/Breathe" sounds completely different in the beginning, before taking on a more familiar vibe – though the bass line definitely drives this interpretation. "The Great Gig in the Sky" stays true on a rhythmic relationship to the original, but instead of singing, it's more like a tortured scream – gives it a whole new vibe. There's no clanging of change to spark the opening of "Money," and while the bass line is intact, it gets a more electronic vocal overlay on it.

The Bad: Traditionalists will scream, "No, no, no, no, no!" all day long ... but if you can get past that and give it an honest chance, it's a fun listen. No doubt, some people will say it's the worst thing they've ever heard. I guess it depends on how you approach it. As a fan of The Flaming Lips and Floyd, it's a refreshing interpretation instead of a spot-on cover.

The Verdict: It's a classic album that you really hate to see messed around with, but if anyone's gonna do it, who better than The Flaming Lips? The first time I heard it, I cringed a little, but the more I listen, the more I enjoy it. It's not the best thing ever, but it's enjoyable and brings new life into familiar songs.

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