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By Trent McMartin

Oracular Spectacular

Essentially filler with three or four decent songs, one of which is "Piece of What," a Stones-like acoustic number that unsparingly over-utilizes the ambiguity of generic lyricism, almost coming off as pretentious in the process. The same with "Weekend War," which could have been an outtake off either Yoshimi or Mystics; not surprisingly, Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann helms the production board for Oracular Spectacular. And "Time to Pretend," the tongue-and-cheek electro-pop anthem that examines the falsity of rock superstardom, with the band mockingly making the "decision to live fast and die young," as if it's their destiny, since the alternative is to "Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute." Such sardonic views could lead to speculation that another era of the non-conformist, anti-rock star is being ushered in, although, as is the case with most forms of hype, it's likely nothing more than a rare singular occurrence.

Rating: 3.5/5