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The Flaming Lips' catalog includes songs about pink robots invading the planet and drummer Steven Drozd's lie about a staph infection in his hand (it was heroin-related, not a spider bite). But the band may have topped their usual out-there factor with American Head, their 16th album. Written after the 2017 death of Tom Petty, it's a fantasy concept: imagined lost songs recorded by Petty and his early '70s band Mudcrutch, if they'd taken drugs supplied by Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's brother's drug-dealing friends. It also weaves in Coyne's own memories of his youth in Tulsa, OK. If you can suspend your disbelief—and if you're listening to a Flaming Lips record, that likely isn't a problem—it's a free-floating trip of spaced-out bliss. All that floatiness means it's not their catchiest (and this is a band capable of writing a killer hook). But it is lovely, laden with emotionally charged strings and Drozd's commanding percussion. "Will You Return When You Come Down" layers dreamy harmonies and lush piano with earthy guitar and Coyne's trademark wavering warble. "Flowers of Neptune 6" is a hazy celebration of acid experimentation. Admitted LSD fan Kacey Musgraves lends guest vocals to that track as well as "Watching the Light-bugs Glow"; low in the mix, she can be heard talking about one of her own trips. There are two truly epic moments. "Mother I've Taken LSD" is a Syd Barrett-esque ballad—majestic drums, sweeping strings—about Coyne's older brother telling their mom he'd taken acid, and how much this scared a young Coyne. "Mother Please Don't Be Sad" is about Coyne working as a fry cook at Long John Silver's and being held up at gunpoint—and imagining his mom getting the news that he'd died. And it is, against all odds, absolutely gorgeous. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Will You Return / When You Come Down
00:05:21

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer - Micah Nelson (Particle Kid), Guitar, Additional Vocals

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Watching the Lightbugs Glow
00:02:53

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Kacey Musgraves, Additional Vocals - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Flowers of Neptune 6
00:04:30

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Kacey Musgraves, Additional Vocals - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Dinosaurs on the Mountain
00:03:38

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
At the Movies on Quaaludes
00:03:41

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Mother I've Taken LSD
00:03:48

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Brother Eye
00:04:23

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer - Jon Fridmann, Trombone

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
You n Me Sellin' Weed
00:04:56

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Mother Please Don't Be Sad
00:03:35

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer - Jon Fridmann, Trombone

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
When We Die When We're High
00:03:39

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
Assassins of Youth
00:04:12

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

12
God and the Policeman (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
00:02:28

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Kacey Musgraves, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
My Religion Is You
00:03:33

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Recorded by - The Flaming Lips, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Derek Brown, Writer - Dennis Coyne, Mixer, Additional Production, Recorded by - Mike Fridmann, Additional Production - Jake Ingalls, Writer - Nicholas Ley, Writer - Matt Kirksey, Writer

© 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2020 The Flaming Lips under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

The Flaming Lips' catalog includes songs about pink robots invading the planet and drummer Steven Drozd's lie about a staph infection in his hand (it was heroin-related, not a spider bite). But the band may have topped their usual out-there factor with American Head, their 16th album. Written after the 2017 death of Tom Petty, it's a fantasy concept: imagined lost songs recorded by Petty and his early '70s band Mudcrutch, if they'd taken drugs supplied by Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's brother's drug-dealing friends. It also weaves in Coyne's own memories of his youth in Tulsa, OK. If you can suspend your disbelief—and if you're listening to a Flaming Lips record, that likely isn't a problem—it's a free-floating trip of spaced-out bliss. All that floatiness means it's not their catchiest (and this is a band capable of writing a killer hook). But it is lovely, laden with emotionally charged strings and Drozd's commanding percussion. "Will You Return When You Come Down" layers dreamy harmonies and lush piano with earthy guitar and Coyne's trademark wavering warble. "Flowers of Neptune 6" is a hazy celebration of acid experimentation. Admitted LSD fan Kacey Musgraves lends guest vocals to that track as well as "Watching the Light-bugs Glow"; low in the mix, she can be heard talking about one of her own trips. There are two truly epic moments. "Mother I've Taken LSD" is a Syd Barrett-esque ballad—majestic drums, sweeping strings—about Coyne's older brother telling their mom he'd taken acid, and how much this scared a young Coyne. "Mother Please Don't Be Sad" is about Coyne working as a fry cook at Long John Silver's and being held up at gunpoint—and imagining his mom getting the news that he'd died. And it is, against all odds, absolutely gorgeous. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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