Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, the new Flaming Lips record, is a phenomenal work. I would call it the “American” OK Computer, but it is harsher to the taste than OK Computer, which makes perfect sense if you think about it and are familiar with the Lips. If you know me, you would know that I would not compare anything to OK Computer lightly, it is one of my favorite records of all time. I would also go so far as to say that this is the best new album I’ve heard so far this year. What is odd to me is that I’ve never really been a Flaming Lips fan before I heard this cd, although I will certainly be delving into their back catalog now. I went to Criminal Records (check out the domain cred there), my favorite music store here in the ATL, and Liam and other staff members told me to check it out. I ignored them, but two days later I heard them talking to someone else who was raving about the record. I finally broke down and listened to it, and bought it on the spot. It’s a very layered cd, with plenty of of ear candy through my headphones, but it still maintains some sort of an organic vibe despite the presence of the layers of electronics.