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King's Mouth

The Flaming Lips

King's Mouth

Latest album from Wayne Coyne's Grammy-winning psych rockers - originally release on Record Store Day - features Mick Jones of The Clash

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Their most appealing album in years
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    For all the album’s eccentricities, the vibe is earnest fairytale rather than tongue-in-cheek
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Finds the band more playful, cinematic and cohesive than they've been since ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Not a step misplaced
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The Flaming Lips remain masters at creating an irresistible sense of sheer awestruck wonder that demands its own emotional reaction from the listener. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Possibly The Flaming Lips' most upliftingly utopian work since Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Print edition only

  7. 7.5 |   The 405

    King’s Mouth has moments of pure joy and feels timeless in many ways, and for that Coyne and co. should be applauded
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  8. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The most satisfying Flaming Lips album in some time
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  9. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s pleasantly concise — a welcome change from Oczy Mlody and Heady Fwends — and doesn’t rely on excessive guests, 24-hour songs, LPs pressed with menstrual blood, or any other gimmickry to impress you
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    For each peak of awestruck bliss, there are just as many valleys, sheltering loose, unfocused tracks that clog up the total runtime
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The Flaming Lips' King's Mouth couples spacey cinematic passages with driving rhythms to create a sombre and thoughtful musical whole
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  12. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    This album is pure Flaming Lips and that alone makes it worth exploring
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  13. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    As far as concept albums about magical, abnormally sized severed heads go, this is a pretty breezy listen
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    Even if it's not quite as fully realized as some of their other albums, King's Mouth boasts enough beautiful music and striking imagery to make it well worth hearing, especially for Flaming Lips fans who miss the music they made in the 2000
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  15. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This is undoubtedly a worthwhile pursuit for fans of the band that also marks a welcome return to accessibility; maybe with a bit of a stronger backbone, it could have been more
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  16. 7.0 |   music OMH

    This is a brisk, bright and joyful album from a band who have been anything but those things in recent years
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  17. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A gentler collection of songs filled with bright melodies and heartfelt lyrics
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  18. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Alive with all of the psychedelic irreverence, scuzzy beats and melodious pop that’s become The Flaming Lips hallmark over the years
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  19. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album’s heartwarming melodies set to hit-and-miss lyrics represents at least a partial return to form
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Over nine more filmic songs, a quaint magic unfolds. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Neither the story or music are dynamic enough to hold the listener’s attention over an extended period
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  22. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Those disillusioned with the Lips’ transition into the world’s weirdest party band must’ve longed for something like this
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  23. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Feels weighed down by its high-concept ambition
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  24. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The songs themselves lack form, while the vocals often feel totally untethered from the instrumentation without creating a juxtaposition that’s in any way interesting
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