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  • Summary: The first release in three years for the Atlanta rock band was recorded in New York with Tommy Brenneck and in Tennessee with Patrick Carney.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Mar 12, 2014
    89
    Backed by Budos Band and Dap Kings' Tom Brenneck, and produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the band somehow remains degenerately disheveled and brilliantly bombastic in a way that belies their tightness.
  2. Mar 13, 2014
    80
    It remains to be seen whether the lack of an instantly recognisable Lips sound of their own may thwart their wilder ambitions, but they're not lacking in tunes.
  3. 75
    The boisterous new record is filled with plenty of raucous glimpses of what has beat at the unsteady creative heart of this notoriously dubious band for over 15 unpredictable years.
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    Underneath The Rainbow is more of an assault on the ears than anything else, although that’s mostly in a good way, as the band never lose sight of the style that first brought them success.
  5. Apr 18, 2014
    60
    They still have that dirty, carefree, uncompromising vibe, but on Underneath the Rainbow it’s able to be tamed, morphing into melodic garage rock that’s as catchy and easily digestible as it is rugged and in-your-face.
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    Seven albums in, they’re not so much shifting the formula as refining it and waiting for cult stardom to creep up on the scene.
  7. Mar 13, 2014
    40
    Just when it starts to feel like the album is continuing in a high-powered vein, the Lips start sounding like they’re steering a chuckwagon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 9, 2014
    7
    Black Lips don't stray too far away from their already established sound on "Underneath The Rainbow". The garage-rock revival sound is not nearly as great as "Arabia Mountain", but tracks like "Smiling" and "Funny" blatantly show they won't be changing their sound anytime soon, which in this case is a very good thing. Underneath The Rainbow isn't a groundbreaking record by any term, but more so a nice addition to their discography.

    All In All, Black Lips are a great rock band who've put out a pretty good record. B
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  2. Apr 8, 2014
    7
    Interesting rock music. However, I can't really say that any track will stick with me in the foreseeable future, maybe with the exception of "Smiling" and "Funny". Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    Grimy, loose and chaotic garage rock with very strong hooks and pop edges. The real problem is that it's basically nothing new. Underwhelming in that sense, devolving even. Inferior to Arabian Mountain by far in song and production. Expand