Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots sees The Flaming Lips evolve even further into new, uncharted realms. Relying on crisp digital textures over muddy feedback rockouts, these 11 tracks are fully realised modern symphonies, twinkling with vivid orchestral sounds. The album’s concept is peculiar in the extreme, a Manga-fied tale of a young Japanese girl warring against mechanical foes. Throughout, though, Wayne Coyne’s vocals are warm, honest and heartfelt, no matter how absurd the words he’s singing: “She’s gotta be strong to fight ’em / So she’s eaten lots of vitamins”, he warbles sweetly on the title track, as vocoders chirrup in the background. Elsewhere, we find some of the Flaming Lips’ most touching songs to date. “Do you realise? / That happiness makes you cry? / That everyone you know someday will die?” goes “Do You Realize” before a sparkling key change hikes the song up into a blub-inducing hymn to positivity. And “In the Morning of the Magicians” is a gentle, balladic rumination on love and empathy. Move over, Burt Bacharach: the spirit of classic songwriting appears to have found a new vessel.
1 Fight Test
2 One More Robot Sympathy 3000-21
3 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1
4 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.2
5 In the Morning of the Magicians
6 Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
7 Ere You a Hypnotist?
8 It’s Summertime
9 Do You Realize?
10 All We Have Is Now
11 Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon Utopia Planitia
Artist: Flaming Lips
Title: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot
Genre: Alternative / Indie
Release Date: 26 August 2003
Attributes: LP ~ Discs:1
Product Type: Vinyl