The Terror (album)

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The Terror
The Terror cover.jpg
Studio album by The Flaming Lips
Released April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)
Recorded February–April 2012
Studio Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York and Pink Floor Studios in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Length 55:04
Label Warner Bros. (US), Bella Union (UK)
Producer The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker
The Flaming Lips chronology
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
(2012)The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends2012
The Terror
With a Little Help from My Fwends
(2014)With a Little Help from My Fwends2014
Singles from The Terror
  1. "Look...The Sun Is Rising"
    Released: March 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA−[3]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]

The Terror is the thirteenth studio album by experimental rock band the Flaming Lips, released on April 1, 2013 worldwide and April 16 in the U.S., on Warner Bros in the U.S. and Bella Union in the U.K.[12][13] It is the last album to feature drummer Kliph Scurlock who was fired from the band a year after this album's release. Lead vocalist Wayne Coyne described the album's general idea in a press release:

"We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on... we just go on… there is no mercy killing." [12]

Experimental composer Dan Deacon remixed the album in its entirety.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Flaming Lips.

1."Look...The Sun Is Rising"5:13
2."Be Free, A Way"5:13
3."Try to Explain"5:00
4."You Lust" (featuring Phantogram)13:03
5."The Terror"6:22
6."You Are Alone"3:47
7."Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die"7:31
8."Turning Violent"4:16
9."Always There...In Our Hearts"4:35
Total length:55:04
iTunes exclusive bonus tracks
10."Sun Blows Up Today"3:08
11."We Don't Control the Controls" (Mashed-The-F-Up Remix)14:36
UK exclusive bonus 3" mini CD
10."Sun Blows Up Today"3:10
11."All You Need Is Love" (written by Lennon–McCartney, featuring Alex and Jade of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)5:06


The Flaming Lips

Guest performers


  • The Flaming Lips – production, mix, recording
  • Dave Fridmann – production, mix, recording, mastering
  • Scott Booker – production
  • Michael Ivins – additional engineering
  • Mack Hawkins – additional engineering, recording & mixing


  • George Salisbury – layout and design


  1. ^ "Reviews for The Terror by The Flaming Lips". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Terror – The Flaming Lips". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Adams, Erik (April 16, 2013). "The Flaming Lips: The Terror". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (April 15, 2013). "Album review: The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Smith, Grady; Anderson, Kyle; Rahman, Ray (April 12, 2013). "Singles and Albums: April 19, 2013". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (March 28, 2013). "The Flaming Lips: The Terror – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Price, Simon (March 31, 2013). "Album: Flaming Lips, The Terror (Bella Union)". The Independent. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Horton, Matthew (April 2, 2013). "The Flaming Lips – 'The Terror'". NME. Archived from the original on April 5, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  9. ^ Berman, Stuart (April 4, 2013). "The Flaming Lips: The Terror". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  10. ^ Fricke, David (April 16, 2013). "The Terror". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Tedder, Michael (April 15, 2013). "The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror' (Warner Bros.)". Spin. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "The Flaming Lips unleash "The Terror" on Monday 1st April 2013". Bella Union. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Pre-order The Flaming Lips' New Album The Terror Now!". Warner Bros. Records. Retrieved 29 January 2013.