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Dark Side of the Moon
The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
Released 22 December 2009
Producer The Flaming Lips
Label Warner Bros.
Length 41:00
Genre Alternative, progressive rock
Website www.flaminglips.com
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In 2005 The Flaming Lips contributed their take on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for the album Killer Queen: A Tribute To Queen. If you have heard it, you'll know they don’t shy away from putting their own unique spin on the classics. With the help of Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins and Peaches they have now turned their attention to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, a move that is surely going to excite and annoy in equal measure. For every student that is anticipating their favourite band tackling their favourite album, there is a middle aged Floyd fan dying a little inside. On the strength of this album, they’re both going to be disappointed.

The problem with this album lies in its poor execution; this isn’t a reimagining of The Dark Side of the Moon as a whole, it is each individual song given a quirky makeover. This gives the album a disjointed feel, losing the immersive nature of the original. The guest artists are also badly chosen; Henry Rollins manages to suck all the spontaneity and personality out of the spoken segments that are interwoven throughout the album. Peaches doesn’t fair much better when taking the lead vocals on ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’, a song that is clearly out of her range.

This is a missed opportunity, given the source material it is unforgivable that the end product is so bland and lacking in inventiveness. You have to believe that, had they put their mind to it, The Flaming Lips could have done something special with this.

- Brian Kinsella