Label: Warner Bros. Release date: 28/06/10 Link: Website Buy: Amazon The Flaming Lips have always been one of those amazingly 'weird' experimental bands, maintaining greatness by remaining slightly indefinable, and whose music ranges between insanely catchy indie pop hit to incomprehensible prog rock noise and back again within each individual album. Obviously, their full-length cover of Dark Side of the Moon featuring Peaches and Henry Rollins neatly ticks all of these boxes. All in all it's a mishmash of noises, guitars, sampling and more mash-y guitars. It picks up and flies away from the opening almost immediately with a funkier, bassier sound, and the crunchy guitar that was introduced in 'At War With the Mystics' provides a constant mind-jarring skewing of the original melodies. But the cover versions seem to be a touching expression of familiarity with a more-than-infamous album. And the sampling and grindy signature sounds of The Lips serve to recreate it with that vital element which covers require - the voice and persona of the artist making the cover. The album, then, while exactly echoing the tracklist, is something of a different type of creature. There is less of the original 70s wandering, challenging themes and soporific guitar dawdling, and much less of the toned down synth-keyboard element. The louder riffs and vocal snippets serve to interrupt the mood, but also provide new interest, with a pacing that is often lacking on other Lips albums. It seems the combination of the original song-writing and Coynes' own brand of cheeky psychedelia match up well here. The *ahem* dark side of the original album is softened by the inclusion of the contributing artists, and some of the vocal work seems incredibly lazy. But while it will certainly never hold the impact of the original, as an escapade in psychedelic rock it really does have its own merits. Photobucket