Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Music Review: Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand (**1/2)



"It’s not uncommon for a band, after many years of underground notoriety and a string of solid records, to attempt to expand their sound. In the case of the Black Lips, there’s really only so much you can do to do switch things up after four albums of increasingly accessible garage punk. The band’s Nuggets-style self-described “flower punk” has always had a psych bent to it, but on their newest album, 200 Million Thousand, the band stretches this particular aspect of their sound to its breaking point, forgoing a lot of the more polished tendencies of their breakthrough, 2007’s Good Bad Not Evil. As a result, 200 Million Thousand is a less direct, more atmospheric, and occasionally more interesting listen than what the band is commonly known for. In fact, it bears a little more in common with their infamous live shows (nicely documented on the great live album Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo), which have unfortunately been curbed in recent years, perhaps due to increased commercial visibility." [Continue Reading]

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