Underneath The Rainbow (CD)


Black Lips

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Amoeba Review

03/17/2014

Black Lips have never made a bad record—actually, they’ve all been great—but they’d definitely cleaned up a bit on their last couple of albums. Thankfully, that hasn’t meant they’ve gone soft—their songwriting chops have just become more apparent, and Underneath the Rainbow continues that trend, a worthy successor to 2011’s excellent Arabia Mountain. Whereas Mark Ronson lent a sprinkle of pop sheen to that album, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney is at the helm here, giving the hippieish Lips a leather-and-denim feel that suits them a little better, on songs like the glammy “Funny,” bluesy “Boys in the Wood” and 007-riffing “Do the Vibrate.” Given that general feel, their dabbles in cowpunk make the most sense on this album, resulting in some of its best songs, like “Drive by Buddy,” a whiskey-soaked jangler that nods to bands who’ve followed in the Lips’ wake like FIDLAR. That same feel informs the delightfully tasteless “Dorner Party,” a catchy outlaw song that seems to be written from the point of view of killer and cop foe Christopher Dorner. Even with the fuck-all sneer here of songs like “Dorner Party,” Underneath the Rainbow has some of the band’s prettiest melodies—not something the Black Lips are typically known for. “Waiting” is, dare I say, gorgeous, with an acoustic jangle and desert melody, and album closer “Dog Years” is crustily romantic—“you blew smoke into my twinkling eyes” they sing-speak over a Velvets-style riff, continuing “my pulsating retinas staring back at you like some cutting edge piece of technological equipment, I knew you were the one.” Sweet. If you’re a fan, the album is a great reassertion of their sound and aesthetic, and if you weren’t in love before, Underneath the Rainbow could be the album to change that.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Drive By Buddy
Black Lips 02:47
2.
Smiling
Black Lips 02:11
3.
Make You Mine
Black Lips 02:20
4.
Funny
Black Lips 03:00
5.
Dorner Party
Black Lips 02:39
6.
Justice After All
Black Lips 02:31
7.
Boys In The Wood
Black Lips 03:38
8.
Waiting
Black Lips 03:36
9.
Do The Vibrate
Black Lips 02:31
10.
I Don't Wanna Go Home
Black Lips 03:09
11.
Dandelion Dust
Black Lips 02:30
12.
Dog Years
Black Lips 03:16

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