Editors’ Notes Black Lips team up with producers Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) and Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt for their sixth release to create a tighter and cleaner sound while retaining the garage-rock grit and spirit at the core of the band’s identity. The tracks are razor-sharp, scuzzy, and brief — only two of the 16 are longer than three minutes — and the whole album surges by in a blurred rush of hook-filled adrenaline on first listen. Subsequent spins bring individual tracks to the surface that benefit from some fine flourishes including honking sax breaks, jangly acoustic guitar, whistles, and pounding piano. Their retro approach is playful and infectious on “Family Tree,” “Mad Dog,” “Bicentennial Man,” “New Direction,” and the irresistible “Go Out and Get It.” “Dumpster Dive” has a twisted country-rock feel, “Raw Meat” and “Bone Marrow” are great psych rock rave-ups, and “Spidey’s Curse” finds the band at their most melodic and absurd. In taming some of their wildest impulses Black Lips deliver a crisp and focused batch of songs that is easy to flip for.

SONG
Family Tree
1
2:36
 
Modern Art
2
2:04
 
Spidey's Curse
3
2:49
 
Mad Dog
4
2:02
 
Mr. Driver
5
2:49
 
Bicentennial Man
6
2:19
 
Go Out and Get It
7
1:55
 
Raw Meat
8
1:48
 
Bone Marrow
9
2:52
 
The Lie
10
3:13
 
Time
11
2:46
 
Dumpster Dive
12
2:23
 
New Direction
13
2:29
 
Noc-a-Homa
14
2:00
 
Don't Mess Up My Baby
15
2:45
 
You Keep On Running
16
4:25
 
Kiss It Goodbye
17
3:38
 
Go Out and Get It
18
Modern Art
19