And then, disaster hit. I wish to go on record over my disappointment with The Flaming Lips’ cover of “Kundalini Express.” When I first heard about New Tales To Tell, I prayed that whomever the artist covering it would do the song the proper justice it deserves. It’s one of my favorite Love And Rockets songs, after all. Naturally, I was betrayed — and The Flaming Lips (normally a good group from what I gather — remember: I’m “old”) completely butcher it, replacing the core from the original with a warbled, wobbling sound that is reminiscent of a garbled and out-of-synch soundtrack from a '70s Italian romance flick. Ick.
Oh, well — the rest of the album is still pretty fucking great, from Sweethead’s “Life In Laralay” to Snowden’s “No Words No More” — with Better Than Ezra’s “So Alive” being one of the biggest standout songs from the entire project.
New Tales To Tell: A Tribute To Love And Rockets is a fantastic album. It will delight fans of dark industrial and electro-pop alike — and, hopefully, cause the uninitiated youngsters to check out the original Love And Rockets as well.
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