Now is The Flaming Lips' time, a band that don't submit and are, quite rightly, reaping the rewards

At War With The Mystics certainly rates very very highly as one of the best albums this year and is a top-scorer in the list of The Flaming Lips' back catalogue too, and current single 'The W.A.N.D' is a wonderful example of why that is. A punching and poignant yet playful riff brings the tune in and then it's overloaded with soapy vocals and sweeping soundscapes until the verse comes in.

Then it's in to the business, the smart lyrics that provide a great common commentary on the current events of a fanatical world, the rampant rhythms that keep going till the breakdown hails 'Waving your wand in the air', and the song's juxtaposed continuation until its end.

This is The Flaming Lips in their prime, a band that just keep getting better and better, one of the most marvellous and far-out voices around, and 'The W.A.N.D' is a brilliant example of their majesty. The Will Always Negates Defeat!