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Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots [CD & DVD Audio]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Fight Test 4:14
  2. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21 4:59
  3. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21 4:59
  4. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2 2:57
  5. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 4:45
  6. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell 4:34
  7. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2 2:57
  8. In the Morning of the Magicians 6:18
  9. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell 4:34
  10. Are You a Hypnotist? 4:44
  11. Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia) 3:09
  12. It's Summertime 4:20
  13. Do You Realize?? 3:32
  14. All We Have Is Now 3:53
  15. Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia) 3:09
  16. In the Morning of the Musicians [DVD Audio]
  17. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell [DVD Audio]
  18. Are You a Hypnotist?? [DVD Audio]
  19. It's Summertime [DVD Audio]
  20. Do You Realize?? [DVD Audio]
  21. All We Have Is Now [DVD Audio]
  22. Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia) [DVD Audio]
  23. Up Above the Daily Hum [*]
  24. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [Japanese Version] [*]
  25. If I Go Mad [from U.K. Do You Realize?? Single] [*]
  26. Do You Realize?? [Floating in Space Remix] [*]
  27. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [Acoustic from Aol Sessions] [*]
  28. Do You Realize?? [Acoustic CD101 Version] [*]
  29. Do You Realize?? (Mark Pellington) [*] [Video]
  30. Do You Realize?? (Wayne Coyne) [*] [Video]
  31. Making of Do You Realize??[ *] [Video]
  32. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1[*] [Video]
  33. Making of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1[*] [Video]
  34. Fight Test [*] [Video]
  35. Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots [*] [Video]
  36. Christmas on Mars Movie Trailer [*] [Video]
  37. Making of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots [*] [Video]
  38. Are You a Hypnotist?? [*] [Video]
  39. Up Above the Daily Hum [DVD-Audio]
  40. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [Japanese Version][Multimedia Tr
  41. If I Go Mad (Funeral in My Head) [DVD-Audio]
  42. Do You Realize?? [Edit][Mix][Multimedia Track]
  43. Up Above the Daily Hum [DVD-Audio]
  44. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [Japanese Version][Multimedia Tr
  45. If I Go Mad (Funeral in My Head) [DVD-Audio]
  46. Do You Realize?? [Edit][Mix][Multimedia Track]
  47. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [AOL Sessions][Multimedia Track]
  48. Do You Realize?? [CD101 Version][Multimedia Track]
  49. Do You Realize?? [Mark Pellington Version]
  50. Do You Realize?? [Wayne Coyne · Bradley Beesley · George Salisbury V]
  51. Making of the Do You Realize?? Video [DVD-Video]
  52. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [DVD-Video]
  53. Making of the Yoshimi Video [DVD-Video]
  54. Fight Test [DVD-Video]
  55. Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots [DVD-Video]
  56. Christmas on Mars [Movie Trailer]
  57. Making of the Yoshimi DVD-R [DVD-Video]
  58. Are You a Hypnotist?? [George's Photogenic Stimulation Theory ...]
  59. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 [DVD-ROM]
  60. Fight Test [Animated Episode][Multimedia Track]

Review

After the symphonic majesty of The Soft Bulletin, the Flaming Lips return with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a sublime fusion of Soft Bulletin's newfound emotional directness, the old-school playfulness of Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, and, more importantly, exciting new expressions of the group's sentimental, experimental sound. While the album isn't as immediately impressive as the equally brilliant and unfocused Soft Bulletin, it's more consistent, using a palette of rounded, surprisingly emotive basslines; squelchy analog synths; and manicured acoustic guitars to craft songs like "One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21," a sleekly melancholy tale of robots developing emotions, and "In the Morning of the Magicians," an aptly named electronic art rock epic that sounds like a collaboration between the Moody Blues and Wendy Carlos. Paradoxically, the Lips use simpler arrangements to create more diverse sounds on Yoshimi, spanning the lush, psychedelic reveries of "It's Summertime," the instrumental "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon," the dubby "Are You a Hypnotist?," and the barely organized chaos of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2," which defeats the evil metal ones with ferocious drums, buzzing synths, and the razor sharp howl of the Boredoms' Yoshimi. Few bands can craft life-affirming songs about potentially depressing subjects (the passage of time, fighting for what you care about, good vs. evil) as the Flaming Lips, and on Yoshimi, they're at the top of their game. "Do You Realize??" is the standout, so immediately gorgeous that it's obvious that it's the single. It's also the most obviously influenced by The Soft Bulletin, but it's even catchier and sadder, sweetening such unavoidable truths like "Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?" with chimes, clouds of strings, and angelic backing vocals. Yoshimi features some of the sharpest emotional peaks and valleys of any Lips album -- the superficially playful "Fight Test" is surprisingly bittersweet, while sad songs like "All We Have Is Now" and "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" are leavened by witty lyrics and production tricks. Funny, beautiful, and moving, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots finds the Flaming Lips continuing to grow and challenge themselves in not-so-obvious ways after delivering their obvious masterpiece. [This version of the album includes bonus DVD audio material.] ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

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