1 | The Concept itself
With A Little Help From My Fwends is a remake of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, overseen by frazzle-headed maverick Wayne Coyne, his band The Flaming Lips, and a bunch of similarly zany (or wannabe zany, see 3) musician pals, including My Morning Jacket, MGMT and Black Pus (whose 2008 album All Aboard The Magic Pus is probably playing on your stereo at this very minute, right?). So probably not on the Costa Coffee playlist any time soon.
2 | Some bits are actually pretty good
Dr Dog and Chuck Inglish’s tinkering with 'Getting Better' gives the song a new level of bruised, bewildered hopelessness that makes you think it pretty definitely isn’t getting better at all, ever. Meanwhile, the version of 'Fixing a Hole' with Electric Würms is spooky and bewitching and 'When I’m Sixty-Four', featuring Flaming Lips 'and more', sounds like it’s being sung in this instance by a psychotic robot butler. Obviously, if the word “psychedelic” makes you feel funny – and not in a good way – avoid.
3 | Miley Cyrus is on it
Now that we’ve seen her pleasure herself with a foam finger and are on first-name terms with most of Miley’s tastebuds, Hannah “Tony” Montana has had to find new ways to surprise her audience. Bingo.
4 | Miley’s bits are among those that are actually pretty good
No, not those bits. Cyrus does an agreeable stoner turn coming in after the bridge on 'A Day in the Life'. She and Moby collaborate on 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', which is earthy, mellow and very pleasant at least until the chorus at which point, naturally, some cosmic-nuclear percussion kicks in.
5 | It’s all for charity
OK, not so exceptional, but this record is in aid of The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Oklahoma City, the band’s hometown, that helps low-income, elderly and terminally ill pet owners pay their vet bills. Which may seem kind of niche, but just you look Spidey the Siamese or Cassy the Beagle in the eye and try thinking that again.
With A Little Help From My Fwends is set to be released 28 October