At War with the Mystics

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At War with the Mystics
Studio album by The Flaming Lips
Released April 3, 2006 (2006-04-03)
Recorded Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, New York, June 2004 – January 2006
Genre Dream pop, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic pop, space rock
Length 54:53
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker
The Flaming Lips chronology
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
(2002)
At War with the Mystics
(2006)
Once Beyond Hopelessness
(2008)
Singles from At War with the Mystics
  1. "The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)"
    Released: January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)
  2. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"
    Released: April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)
  3. "It Overtakes Me EP"
    Released: November 13, 2006 (2006-11-13)
Alternative cover
At War with the Mystics 5.1 cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
The Daily Telegraph (not rated) [4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [5]
The A.V. Club B [6]
The Independent 5/5 stars [7]
NME (8/10) [8]
The Observer favorable [9]
Slant 4/5 stars [10]
Spin (7/10) [11]
The Times 5/5 stars [12]

At War with the Mystics is the eleventh studio album by the Flaming Lips. It was released on April 3, 2006, in international markets, and April 4, 2006, in the United States. The album is more guitar-driven and features more politically themed lyrics than The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

"At War with the Mystics" won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album was nominated for the Best Alternative Album Grammy. The 5.1 mix of the album was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Flaming Lips

No. Title Length
1. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"   4:51
2. "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)"   3:39
3. "The Sound of Failure / It's Dark... Is It Always This Dark??"   7:18
4. "My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life as Blazing Shield of Defiance and Optimism as Celestial Spear of Action)"   4:48
5. "Vein of Stars"   4:15
6. "The Wizard Turns On... The Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins"   3:41
7. "It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big... I Am So Small... Do I Stand a Chance?"   6:50
8. "Mr. Ambulance Driver"   4:21
9. "Haven't Got a Clue"   3:23
10. "The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)"   3:44
11. "Pompeii am Götterdämmerung"   4:22
12. "Goin' On"   3:39
Total length:
54:53
iTunes exclusive bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (This track originally appeared on Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen) 6:36
14. "The Gold in the Mountain of Our Madness" (Also appears as the final track on the Japanese import version) 4:47
15. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" (Long version) 5:22
16. "Time Travel...YES!!" (Non-album track, featuring Steven Michael Burns) 3:21

At War with the Mystics 5.1[edit]

Like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi, At War with the Mystics was released as a special edition 5.1 CD+DVD-Audio mix on October 24, 2006. It is accompanied with studio outtakes, videos and exclusive radio sessions.

Package content[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"   5:22
2. "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)"   3:40
3. "The Sound of Failure / It's Dark... Is It Always This Dark??"   7:18
4. "My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion (The Inner Life as Blazing Shield of Defiance and Optimism as Celestial Spear of Action)"   5:01
5. "Vein of Stars"   4:15
6. "The Wizard Turns On... The Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins"   3:45
7. "It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big... I Am So Small... Do I Stand a Chance?"   6:55
8. "Mr. Ambulance Driver"   4:22
9. "Haven't Got a Clue"   3:23
10. "The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)"   3:43
11. "Pompeii am Götterdämmerung"   4:22
12. "Goin' On"   3:37

Outtakes[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Why Does It End?"   4:38
2. "You Gotta Hold On"   4:52
3. "Your Face Can Tell the Future"   5:21
4. "The Gold in the Mountain of Our Madness"   4:48
5. "Time Travel?? Yes!!"   3:23
6. "Bohemian Rhapsody"   6:36

Radio sessions[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion"   4:40
2. "Goin' On"   3:44
3. "Unmade Bed / No Quarter"   6:56
4. "The Sound of Failure"   4:03
5. "Vein of Stars"   4:50
6. "Vein of Stars" (Operatic Spook) 4:15
7. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" (Chicken Fried Hoedown Protest Rally) 4:44
8. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" (In Anatropous Reflex) 4:22

Videos[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Mr. Ambulance Driver"   05:00
2. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"   04:06
3. "The W.A.N.D."   03:48
4. "2006 OKC Classen High Commencement Speech"   12:18

Personnel[edit]

The Flaming Lips
Additional personnel

References[edit]

External links[edit]