Reviews of Albums Not Yet Released

I suppose that makes them “previews”…
The Flaming Lips – At War With The Mystics
Quality pop music, with a definite psychedelic Pink Floyd-esque style to it. I don’t know much about the Lips but the true fans are muttering that it’s up there with “The Soft Bulletin”. The weird thing I find is that all the songs remind me of other songs or bands: Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Prince, 80’s hair metal. It’s very odd. Still, thumbs up.
The Fiery Furnaces – Bitter Tea
Oh yes. Very good. The complex chords and labyrinthine song structures of Blueberry Boat return with the addition of hypnotic tape loop soundscapes and backwards vocals, all wrapped up in a wonderful vintage minimalist techno feel. Oh, and no crazy grandma ranting. Harpsichords, acoustic guitars played backwards, and disco beats on the same album; I could ask for nothing more. Thumbs up.