Album: With a Little Help From My Fwends
Artist: The Flaming Lips
Why buy it: This album is a cover of The Beatles’ Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Even though A Little Help From My Fwends is an entire track-by-track recreation, there is still an obvious sort of originality to the sound. All of the songs are titles that almost, if not everyone, know but The Flaming Lips add their tormented psychedelic sound to build something that sounds like nothing ever heard before. Each song features a guest musician, with artists ranging from Miley Cyrus and Tegan and Sara to My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog—The Flaming Lips’ newest release has something to offer for music fans of many genres. Although the songs are almost unrecognizable due to the drastic genre difference when discussing The Flaming Lips with The Beatles, there is no excuse, especially for this band in particular, to pump out ‘reboots’ of classic albums. Especially when they have been innovating the Alternative music scene since the mid 1980’s. No matter how cheesy this recreation may seem, the album still has that Flaming Lips sound that has been keeping the band alive for over three decades.
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