Black Lips – 200 Million Thousand

January 01, 1970

(Vice)

 

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For their fifth studio
album, Atlanta’s
punk-psychedelicists the Black Lips still conjure up a sweaty vibe. However,
the ultra lo-fi production renders a number of songs flat and the “unproduced” treatment
undermines the karate chop you get delivered to the jugular at Lips live
performances. Unlike “Veni Vedi Veci” on last year’s Good Bad Not Evil, songs like “Starting Over,” where band members
add their monotone harmonies, or “Let It Grow,” lack a punch; there are simply
not that many hooks or melodies to snare the listener.

 

Luckily several
tracks here, such as “Take My Heart,” are catchy, powered by memorable guitar
riffs and partly redeem the album. With their reputation for riot-inducing
concerts, perhaps “live” is the best way to experience the Black Lips’ old
school tunes.

 

Standout Tracks: “Body Combat,” “Again & Again” APRIL
S. ENGRAM

 

 

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