The Flaming Lips – Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell

Seven-track EP with four brand new Wayne Coyne compositions

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The quality of the Lips’ extras is often as good as the official stuff (don’t get us started on the remnants from the Soft Bulletin sessions). This EP is no exception. “Assassination Of The Sun” and the instrumental “I’m A Fly In A Sunbeam (Following The Funeral Procession Of A Stranger)” are gorgeous meditations on mortality, while “Sunshine Balloons” says yes to life over radiant bursts of guitars. With its jingle bells, symphony of strings and cherubim, “A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn’t So)” couldn’t be more crushingly happy-sad if Frank Capra was directing. Factor in a remix of “Do You Realize??” and two of “Ego Tripping” and you’ve got plenty to keep you going till the Lips release Uncut’s Album Of 2005.

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