200 Million Thousand

  • Record Label: Vice
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 200 Million Thousand showcases some of their most satisfying [tunes] yet.
  2. Filter
    They arise triumphant with their own footprint in the soil of rock and roll. [Winter 2009, p.91]
  3. On Black Lips' fifth studio album 200 Million Thousand, their music finally catches up with their live-show notoriety. The surf-rock riffs are woozier, the girl-group melodies are brighter, and the in-the-red production channels extra psych-rock paranoia.
  4. Grimy and disheveled, clever and infectious, it's a sloppy heap of classic pop, psychedelic haze, spastic rock, and teenage disaffection mixed to lo-fi imperfection in some kid's filthy garage.
  5. No holds barred, and no pitch-correction in sight, the tracks of 200 Million Thousand shine like diamonds in the rough, warts-and-all.
  6. 80
    Fortunately, buried beneath the Lips' psychedelic slop heap are surprisingly exacting pop hooks, clever musical experiments, and insidious grooves that belie the band's wastrel image.
  7. 200 Million Thousand has more hooks and is better top-to-bottom than any previous Black Lips effort.
  8. Black Lips are able to both faithfully emulate some annoyingly nearly-recognisable sixties and seventies styles while using the one-take demo approach to give their own 3 chord song structures an air of immediacy that prevents the album from sliding too quickly into the pit marked “slavish recreation.”
  9. Apparently they're nowhere near as wild as they once were, but their fifth album still sounds convincingly reprobate.
  10. Uncut
    This great LP is best seen as their Desert Island Discs, a statement of things the band can't do without. [May 2009, p.79]
  11. Here they make less of an effort to conceal the pop smarts percolating beneath the slop-rock surface; catchy little gems like 'Starting Over' and 'I'll Be with You' help make this the most satisfying Black Lips album yet.
  12. On 200 Million Thousand, Black Lips sidestep expectations and make a record less approachable than its predecessor.
  13. The result is a gleefully presented disaster. One that's consistently captivating if not irresistible.
  14. 200 Million Thousand provides a fair share of these moments and because of that you can say the album succeeds. It just could use a little more teenage head and a little less brains.
  15. 70
    Black Lips make the same album over and over. If that album sucked, this might be a problem. But it doesn’t.
  16. The guitars are rough and the lyrics mumbled, but even the most rote garage tunes betray a craftsmanship often missing from the genre. The collection is the Lips' first that would have benefited from some trimming.
  17. It is not The Great Black Lips Record many were expecting. But it doesn’t disappoint either.
  18. 70
    Very simplistic in melody and progression, each track on 200 Million Thousand is a tube-driven, distorted mess, complete with classic Brit-punk vocals. Twangy and overdriven guitars are matched with screams and pissed-off vocals full of attitude, creating a highly energetic punch, reminiscent of a Black Lips live performance.
  19. Yes, there are jokes and doo-woppy moments of light-heartedness, but this is a soupy, stoned, distressed-sounding album at odds with the Lips’ image as the world’s premier party band.
  20. Detractors will point to a failure to effectively up their game with 200 Million Thousand but the sly sense of craft remains.
  21. 200 Million Thousand falls somewhere between a riot and a soundtrack for a Sunday drive, too big for the garage but not quite ready for India, either.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CiroM
    Apr 26, 2009
    They are doing some smart rock n roll. This should be recognized.
  2. Walk
    Apr 8, 2009
    I didn't like this album at first. I love the black lips and thought that good bad etc. was a great album. This isn't the same I didn't like this album at first. I love the black lips and thought that good bad etc. was a great album. This isn't the same thing as that. It's a different album altogether, but good in it's own right. "Elijah" is great, the "drop i hold" is hard as shit and the secret track at the end is also very good. Take my advice, give this album a go. Full Review »
  3. hj
    Feb 25, 2009
    Only band that matters!