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 at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York and Pink Floor Studios in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Genre Neo-psychedelia, electronic, dark ambient, experimental rock
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
The Terror
With a Little Help from My Fwends
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (A-) link
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork (7.8/10)[5]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic (3.9/5)[8]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[9]

The Terror is the fourteenth 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.[10][11] 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."[10]

Experimental composer Dan Deacon remixed the album in its entirety.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Flaming Lips

No. Title Length
1. "Look...The Sun Is Rising"   5:12
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:


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. ^ The Terror (album) at Metacritic
  2. ^ The Terror The Flaming Lips
  3. ^ "CoS review". 
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (March 28, 2013). "The Flaming Lips: The Terror – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Berman, Stuart (April 4, 2013). "The Flaming Lips - The Terror". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Paul (29 March 2013). "The Flaming Lips – The Terror". The Skinny. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Slant review". 
  8. ^ K., Rudy (April 11, 2013). "Album Review - Flaming Lips: The Terror". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Gunderson, Edna (April 15, 2013). "Listen Up: Kid Cudi, Flaming Lips, Olly Murs". USA Today. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Flaming Lips unleash "The Terror" on Monday 1st April 2013". Bella Union. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pre-order The Flaming Lips’ New Album The Terror Now!". Warner Bros. Records. Retrieved 29 January 2013.