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Let It Bloom

  • 1. Sea of Blasphemy
    2. Can't Dance
    3. Boomerang
    4. Hippie Hippie Hoorah
    5. Not a Problem
    6. Gung Ho
    7. Everybody's Doin' It
    8. Feeling Gay
    9. Take Me Home
    10. Gentle Violence
    11. She's Gone
    12. Fairy Stories
    13. Dirty Hand
    14. Workin'
    15. Punk Slime
    16. Empassant
    17. Do You Really Wanna Hold My Dirty Hand
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 129

  • Credits

    Black Lips: Ian St. Pe, Cole Younger (vocals, guitar); Jared Swilley (vocals, bass guitar); Joe Bradley (vocals, drums).
    Additional personnel: Vanessa Gonzalez (accordion, piano); Simon Shrine (trumpet).
    Genuine danger in music is all too rare. And although the members of Black Lips themselves aren't too frightful, their tunes--and the dark, anarchic vibes they generate--do intimidate. The title LET IT BLOOM, from a band that calls their music "flower punk," might imply a gentle crossover record, like John Denver covering now-mainstreamed punk standards, but the Atlanta band's sloppy brew is too rambunctious and wobbly too be pinned down. Electric blues, country, garage, and punk are all here.
    The album highlight, "Hippie Hippie Hooray," channels both "House of the Rising Sun" and "Paint It Black" as Cole Alexander laughs through a thick fog of reverb over snake-charmer guitars, tambourine, and a random series of false endings. "Boomerang" is blues jangle a la SORRY MA-era Replacements, while "Punk Slime" holds true to its name. Black Lips are one of the few bands that can honestly claim to be keeping the spirit of rock & roll alive, and LET IT BLOOM is their best single slab of evidence to that effect.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir music twitches with an engaging, wired vigour."
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