The Flaming Lips: Fight Test EP (Warner Brothers Records)

This seven-song stunner plays games with its listener’s stream of consciousness, effortlessly floating between bliss and despair.

Eclecto-college-rock pioneers the Flaming Lips had set out to change the world with their exalted 2002 release,  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots , but now they continue to expand upon its success and acclaim with the aptly titled Fight Test. The tracklist includes an ultra-rare remix of Yoshimi’s “Do You Realize??”; covers of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” Beck’s “The Golden Age,” and Radiohead’s “Knives Out”; an ode to White Stripes’ frontman Jack White (“Thank You Jack White: For the Fiber Optic-Jesus That You Gave Me”), as well as two brand new tracks (“Fight Test” and “The Strange Design of Conscience”). This seven-song stunner plays games with its listener’s stream of consciousness, effortlessly floating between bliss and despair. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” teases a folk-dance fusion; the electro-rock remix of “Do You Realize??”, chiming in at just over nine minutes, eases the troubled soul, while “Thank You Jack White” manages to make you laugh and cry simultaneously with fabled tales about the lives of Meg and Jack and their on-the-road exploits in their van. Also included on the disc is the video for “Fight Test,” as well as the trailer for the band’s forthcoming feature film, Christmas on Mars. All in all, such an eclectic EP normally only serves as a promo-platter for a record label to shove off b-sides and rarities, but the Flaming Lips’ Fight Test manages to maintain a cognitive cerebral flow from beginning to end.

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