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The Flaming Lips – 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'
Miley Cyrus steals the show as the Lips and guest cover Sgt Pepper...' in its entirety
But The Flaming Lips aren't just any old band of drug casualties with a crazy dream – what comes across here is that they're massive Beatles fans who want to pay tribute to the genius of the original recordings by means of playful deconstruction. They've roped in their weirdest friends to help them do it, too. If you've ever thought that what the 'Sgt Pepper...' title track needed was a stupendous guitar solo from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, then you're in luck.
The first truly breathtaking moment comes three tracks in, when a gorgeous, woozy voice starts intoning 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'. It sends you scrabbling for the contributors' list: whose voice is that? It's Miley Cyrus – 2014's favourite enfant terrible steals the show both here and on closer 'A Day In The Life'. The 21-year-old is one of a revolving cast of guest appearances; over the course of the album's 13 tracks, Wayne Coyne takes a back seat to the likes of Tool Maynard's James Keenan, Tegan & Sara and MGMT. The record is unified by the sheer joy that runs through it – no mean feat when it features so many different voices. The result is a delightful tribute to The Beatles and a record that has made so many turn on, tune in and drop out.
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