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With a Little Help From My Fwends

An all-star ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cover album turns into a bad trip

The Flaming Lips

George Salisbury

Rockers from Jimi Hendrix to Sonic Youth have futzed about with songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but none have approached the acid burnout of the Flaming Lips and their many “fwends” on this track-by-track remake. Wayne Coyne and Co. enlist enough famous faces to re-create the original LP sleeve – Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Moby and more. The result is an uneven mishmash of electro experimentalism and druggy freakouts. Only Cyrus’ chilly despondence on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and Tegan and Sara’s giddy “Lovely Rita” work without going overboard. Coyne’s kaleidoscope eyes were too big for his own good this time. 

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