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Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow (Vice Records)




Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow (Vice Records)
Cd Reviews 3/27/14

03/27/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow (Vice Records)

What I liked about Black Lips’ last LP, 2011’s Arabia Mountain, was that it sort of sneered at the whole Byrds craze that was going on in the hipster dungeons, or maybe they weren’t sneering but simply doing it right, sounding as bored with it as everyone else was. Calm down, yeah, I know, Black Lips are usually thought of as a reboot of Ramones, but if you insist on going there, they’re more like New York Dolls or even Sham 69, down to the freak-out skits, and regardless, they sound like they couldn’t care less about whom they’re compared to, which goes a long way. This new LP starts with “Drive By Buddy,” a rather unsubtle nod to “19th Nervous Breakdown” if you wanna get pedantic, but anytime a band can sound this disaffected I have to fork over a hall pass — anything that gets you kids away from Velveeta-ized techno that was already boring 14 years ago is a good thing. “Smiling” is like They Might Be Giants making fun of the Beach Boys, an outrageously topical (and wholly correct) attitude to have under recent indie circumstances, if that’s the point of it. “Make You Mine” was a little too close to Arabia’s “Spidey’s Curse” for comfort, but at this point they’ve already won the Punk Band of the Decade Award, so yeah, there’s another hall pass. A- — Eric W. Saeger





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