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Embryonic is the twelfth album by The Flaming Lips, released on October 13, 2009. It is the first and only double album released by the group, and featured a substantial shift in the group's sound. The group largely abandoned the polished pop sound of their previous record, At War with the Mystics, and created a darker, more garage influenced record. Embryonic was inspired by classic psychedelic rock, and is much darker in tone than any of the group's music before it. The record also marked a notable change in the group's visual aesthetic, from brighter, whimsical psychedelia to oft explicit and gory imagery. It featured collaborations with MGMT and Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs

It was very well received by critics, who praised the band for their originality. It was named Pitchfork's fourth best album of 2009. 

Critical Reception[edit | edit source]

Track Listing[edit | edit source]

Disc 1[edit | edit source]

  1. Convinced of the Hex - 3:56
  2. The Sparrow Looks Up at the Machine - 4:14
  3. Evil - 5:38
  4. Aquarius Sabotage - 2:11
  5. See the Leaves - 4:24
  6. If - 2:05
  7. Gemini Syringes (ft. Thorsten Wormann and Karen O) - 3:41
  8. Your Bats - 2:35
  9. Powerless - 6:57

Disc 2[edit | edit source]

  1. The Ego's Last Stand - 5:41
  2. I Can Be a Frog (ft. Karen O) - 2:14
  3. Sagittarius Silver Announcement - 2:59
  4. Worm Mountain (ft. MGMT) - 5:21
  5. Scorpio Sword - 2:02
  6. The Impulse - 4:06
  7. Silver Trembling Hands - 3:59
  8. Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast (ft. Thorsten Wormann) - 3:44
  9. Watching the Planets (ft. Karen O) - 5:17

The Flaming Lips Releases

<<< At War with the Mystics (2006) | Embryonic | The Terror (2013)  >>>

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