Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. 80
    Black Lips’ spirit is as bright and brilliant as ever.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    The Black Lips are on consistent and disreputable form throughout. [Apr 2014, p.104]
  4. 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.
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    It's bold, colorful palette is wider and more enveloping than in the past. [No. 107, p.53]
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    Within what the Black Lips claim is the their most rootsy release are sly, glam-tastic details dished out with a sometimes laggard energy. It makes for an album that digs in deeper with each listen, like cool new boots trudging through mud.
  7. 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.
  8. Mar 18, 2014
    75
    Rainbow works best when it strikes the perfect balance between bratty abandon and silly sensitivity.
  9. Mar 12, 2014
    75
    Rainbow isn't the band's best record--that would be 2007's near-perfect Good Bad Evil--but it is still a damn good one, immensely listenable and accessible, while just left enough of center to keep things interesting. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.70]
  10. Mar 18, 2014
    74
    Underneath the Rainbow shoots for crossover appeal without compromising their tried-and-true aesthetic.
  11. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Underneath the Rainbow finds the band straying from that place. Black Lips were probably the last band you’d expect to sound complacent, and now it’s becoming difficult to remember what made them so special in the first place.
  12. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    By now the Lips have made peace with modern-day production techniques, but the 12 licketysplit songs on their seventh studio album still feel righteously ragged, if not downright drunk.
  13. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    Whether it's the ramalama of "Dorner Party," sleazy synth jam "Funny" or the brooding "Do The Vibrate," revved up and slightly ramshackle is how BL troll across this superior barroom set. [Apr 2014, p.69]
  14. 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.
  15. 67
    Underneath the Rainbow clocks in at 12 tracks, unlike Arabia Mountain’s punishing 16. Leaner does mean meaner, and with the Black lips, mean is best.
  16. Mar 20, 2014
    63
    They recorded in Nashville with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney on seven of Underneath the Rainbow’s 12 tracks isn’t something to dismiss out of hand. But another producer is responsible for the album’s best songs.
  17. 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.
  18. Mar 31, 2014
    60
    The overall effect is dizzying--a revolving door of treatments and narrators--but usually hits the spot.
  19. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Heroic, to a degree, but they'd need to hurdle the rainbow to warrant any pot of gold. [Apr 2014, p.95]
  20. 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.
  21. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    It’s an uneven, but enjoyable ride.
  22. Mar 17, 2014
    60
    While the band's earlier material sounded lo-fi out of necessity, Underneath the Rainbow disappoints due to its inauthentic attempt at sounding like an album recorded long before its time.
  23. Apr 14, 2014
    50
    Sadly Arabia Mountain's residual nastiness and speed is pretty much gone, replaced by slow tempos and weird deviations. It's experiments with synths and disco beats that cause some of the record's truly worst moments.
  24. Mar 17, 2014
    50
    The songs are too weak, the sound is too good (aka lifeless), and the album feels like a career move instead of anything real or fun.
  25. Mar 12, 2014
    50
    For the most part Underneath the Rainbow lacks the acerbic wit that has underscored so much previous Lips material; there’s a handful of tracks here that really are sorely lacking in character.
  26. 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.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. 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". Full Review »