King's Mouth

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King's Mouth
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
The Flaming Lips chronology
Oczy Mlody
King's Mouth
American Head

King's Mouth: Music and Songs is the fifteenth studio album by experimental rock band The Flaming Lips. It was released on Record Store Day on April 13, 2019 as a limited run of 4,000 gold-coloured records for the event. An official commercial version was released on July 19, 2019.[1]

King's Mouth is a concept album that was conceived as the soundtrack to an art exhibit of the same name by frontman Wayne Coyne, which opened in 2017. The album features Mick Jones of The Clash providing narration on several tracks.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of SoundB-[5]
NME4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[9]

On Metacritic, King's Mouth received a score of 74 out of 100 based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reception.[3] In a review for AllMusic, Heather Phares stated that the album "boasts enough beautiful music and striking imagery to make it well worth hearing".[4] Writing for NME, Mark Beaumont called the album the band's most "playful, cinematic and cohesive" album since 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.[6] Chris Ingalls of PopMatters rated the album 8 out of 10 stars and described it as a "strange, compelling head trip of an album".[8] Reviewing the album for Consequence of Sound, David Sackllah characterized King's Mouth as a "return to form" for the band.[5] Jeremy Winograd of Slant Magazine said the album was a "partial return to form" for the band, calling it an album of "heartwarming melodies set to hit-and-miss lyrics".[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."We Don't Know How and We Don't Know Why"1:10
2."The Sparrow"5:38
3."Giant Baby"3:50
4."Mother Universe"1:51
5."How Many Times"3:22
6."Electric Fire"4:26
7."All for the Life of the City"4:38
8."Feedaloodum Beedle Dot"2:50
9."Funeral Parade"2:58
10."Dipped in Steel"1:31
11."Mouth of the King"4:47
12."How Can a Head"4:09
Total length:41:10


Chart (2019) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 174
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 78


  1. ^ Yoo, Noah (April 17, 2019). "The Flaming Lips' New Album Kings Mouth Gets Wide Release". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Flaming Lips - News". Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "King's Mouth: Music and Songs by The Flaming Lips". Metacritic. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather (July 19, 2019). "King's Mouth: Music and Songs - The Flaming Lips | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Sackllah, David (April 22, 2019). "The Flaming Lips Return to Form on the Fantastical King's Mouth". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Beaumont, Mark (April 13, 2019). "The Flaming Lips – 'King's Mouth' review". NME. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Berman, Stuart (July 22, 2019). "The Flaming Lips: King's Mouth". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Ingalls, Chris (April 12, 2019). "The Flaming Lips: King's Mouth". PopMatters. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Winograd, Jeremy (April 7, 2019). "Review: The Flaming Lips's King's Mouth Brings the Hooks but Lacks Heft". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  10. ^ " – The Flaming Lips – King's Mouth" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 27, 2019.