American Head
The Flaming Lips American Head Cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
RecordedDecember 2019 – January 2020[1]
StudioTarbox Road Studios
(Cassadaga, New York)
Pink Floor Studios
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Length50:35
Label
Producer
The Flaming Lips chronology
King's Mouth
(2019)
American Head
(2020)
Singles from American Head
  1. "Flowers of Neptune 6"
    Released: May 29, 2020[2]
  2. "My Religion Is You"
    Released: June 26, 2020[3]
  3. "Dinosaurs on the Mountain"
    Released: July 10, 2020[4]
  4. "You n Me Sellin' Weed"
    Released: July 24, 2020[5]
  5. "Will You Return / When You Come Down"
    Released: August 14, 2020[6]
  6. "Mother Please Don't Be Sad"
    Released: August 28, 2020[7]
  7. "God and the Policeman"
    Released: September 11, 2020[8]

American Head is the sixteenth studio album by experimental rock band The Flaming Lips, released on September 11, 2020, on Warner Records in the US and Bella Union in the UK.[9]

Background

On March 23, 2020, Drozd announced that the band's sixteenth studio album, titled American Head, is due for release in the summer.[10] The album represents a shift in identity as the band decided to focus on their American roots on the album.[3] The band officially announced the album's release date as September 11, 2020, along with the single "My Religion Is You" on June 26, 2020.[3] Coyne gave a track-by-track breakdown of the album for Apple Music.[11]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[12]
Metacritic81/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[14]
Consequence of SoundA–[15]
The Independent4/5 stars[16]
Mojo4/5 stars[17]
NME4/5 stars[18]
The Observer2/5 stars[19]
Paste5.8/10[20]
Pitchfork7.7/10[21]
The Times5/5 stars[22]
Uncut9/10[23]

At Metacritic, American Head has a score of 81 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 20 reviews.[13] Tyler Clark of Consequence of Sound gave the album an A– rating, writing, "American Head stands alongside The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots as one of the very best records The Flaming Lips have recorded".[15] Tom Pinnock of Uncut gave the album a 9 out of 10 rating, praising the band for "examining the nature of family, love, death and nostalgia with a sincerity and tenderness that's been missed."[23] Jude Rogers of Mojo praised the tracks "Mother I've Taken LSD", "Mother Please Don't Be Sad", and "Brother Eye", writing, "They suggest a place for the band's psychedelic imagination in more present, physical realms, which feels new."[17]

Track listing

All tracks are written by The Flaming Lips[24].

No.TitleLength
1."Will You Return / When You Come Down"5:20
2."Watching the Lightbugs Glow"2:53
3."Flowers of Neptune 6"4:30
4."Dinosaurs on the Mountain"3:38
5."At the Movies on Quaaludes"3:41
6."Mother I've Taken LSD"3:47
7."Brother Eye"4:23
8."You n Me Sellin' Weed"4:56
9."Mother Please Don't Be Sad"3:35
10."When We Die When We're High"3:39
11."Assassins of Youth"4:12
12."God and the Policeman" (featuring Kacey Musgraves)2:28
13."My Religion Is You"3:33
Total length:50:35

Personnel

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]

Performance

The Flaming Lips
Other
  • Kacey Musgraves – additional vocals (2, 3, 12)
  • Micah Nelson – additional vocals (1), additional guitar (1)

Technical

  • The Flaming Lips – production, recording, mixing
  • Dave Fridmann – production, recording, mixing, mastering
  • Scott Booker – production
  • Dennis Coyne – recording, mixing, additional production
  • Mike Fridmann – additional production

Design

  • Kenny Coyne – photography
  • George Salisbury – layout, design
  • Wayne Coyne – layout, design

Charts

Chart performance for American Head
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25]41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26]17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27]78
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[28]64
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[29]16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30]5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31]28
UK Albums (OCC)[32]17
US Billboard 200[33]172
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[34]25

References

  1. ^ a b American Head (liner notes). The Flaming Lips. Bella Union. 2020. BELLA1052V.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Martin, Josh (May 29, 2020). "The Flaming Lips share new single and video 'Flowers of Neptune 6'". NME. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Ehrlich, Brenna. "The Flaming Lips Get Patriotic on New Album 'American Head,' Out This Fall". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ Kohn, Daniel (July 10, 2020). "The Flaming Lips Go Back Into Their Bubbles in 'Dinosaurs on the Mountain' Video". Spin. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Tan, Emily (July 24, 2020). "The Flaming Lips Share 'You N' Me Sellin' Weed' Video". Spin. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Pearis, Bill; 2020 (August 14, 2020). "The Flaming Lips share "Will You Return / When You Come Down" from new LP". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved September 15, 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (August 28, 2020). "Wayne Coyne Recalls Being Held at Gunpoint in the Flaming Lips' 'Mother Don't Be Sad'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Tan, Emily (September 11, 2020). "The Flaming Lips Share 'God and the Policeman' Video". Spin. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Flaming Lips debut 'Flowers Of Neptune 6'". bellaunion.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  10. ^ Hill, Jeffrey. "The Songs (and Sounds) of Space with Steven Drozd & The Flaming Lips". Via Satellite. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. ^ "American Head by The Flaming Lips on Apple Music". Apple Music. September 11, 2020. Archived from the original on September 12, 2020. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "American Head by The Flaming Lips reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "American Head by The Flaming Lips Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Phares, Heather. "American Head - The Flaming Lips". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Clark, Tyler (September 11, 2020). "The Flaming Lips Return to Earth on Devastatingly Beautiful American Head: Review". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  16. ^ O'Connor, Roisin; Bray, Elisa (September 10, 2020). "Album reviews: Everything Everything, The Flaming Lips, and Doves". The Independent. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Rogers, Jude. "Heads, you win: The Lips' reimagined radio rock history". Mojo. No. 322 (September 2020 ed.). p. 86.
  18. ^ West, Max (September 9, 2020). "The Flaming Lips – 'American Head' review: indie-rock's space invaders crash-land back on planet Earth". NME. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Morris, Damien (September 13, 2020). "The Flaming Lips: American Head review – psych whimsy wears thin". The Observer. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  20. ^ Schonfeld, Zach (September 9, 2020). "The Flaming Lips Revel in Patriotism and Druggy Fantasies on American Head". Paste. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  21. ^ Berman, Stuart (September 11, 2020). "The Flaming Lips: American Head Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  22. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (September 11, 2020). "The Flaming Lips: American Head review — flaming into musical Technicolor". The Times. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  23. ^ a b Pinnock, Tom. "Brainville: Lips go Americana, with added Kacey Musgraves". Uncut. No. 280 (September 2020 ed.). p. 29.
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