Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #68 Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Top 100 Albums of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one album and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 album of the decade!

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#68 Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was The Flaming Lips' tenth album and first major commercial success, going gold a couple years after its release. Uncommonly, the album was also a major success with music critics, often cited as one of the best albums of the 2003; and now, here on betterPropaganda, as one of the finest offerings of the decade.

Yoshimi builds on all the strengths of The Soft Bulletin, the seminal 1999 album that firmly enshrined the Flaming Lips with critical audiences. The melodic structures, sound layering, strong vocals, psychedelic nods, and the organization of the thematic ideas make Yoshimi feel like a continuation of Bulletin in some ways. It also has all the moodiness and color of Bullitan. But Yoshimi pushes the band's experiments with electronic instrumentation and textures beyond their work on Bulletin. Ultimately, this is a tighter, better produced album.

Yoshimi is currently being developed into a Broadway Play about a young girl battling an unspecified disease.

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