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200 Million Thousand

Black Lips Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Atlanta's beloved sons the Black Lips entered last year through a screaming cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist, in front of a dangerously packed hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. If a band's bipolarity runs on a touring vs. recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic spells.

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vice
  • ASIN: B001PRSP8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take My Heart
2. Drugs
3. Starting Over
4. Let It Grow
5. Trapped in a Basement
6. Short Fuse
7. I'll Be With You
8. Big Black Baby Jesus of Today
9. Again and Again
10. Old Man
11. The Drop I Hold
12. Body Combat
13. Elijah
14. I Saw God
15. Meltdown

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melt Down: Black Lips Are Grinning In Yer Face 24 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
On '200 Million Thousand' the Black Lips still maintain the lo-fi, scrappy garage sound that they have always spun, but the album is not just a collection of three-wild-chords songs, but contains elements of rather disturbing psychedelia (Trapped in a Basement, Melt Down), swamp-hip-hop (The Drop I Hold), wasted-jangle (Starting Over) and all the sounds inbetween.
For Lips virgins, this album may be a wise purchase as it shows the many faces of Cole and the boys. Song for song, it's not the Lips best album (see 'We Did Not Know The Forest Spirit Made The Flowers Grow'), but as a long playing piece of wax, that starts with 'Take My Heart' and finishes with the psychotic 'Melt Down', it plays beautifully. Whilst tracks like 'Trapped In a Basement' might not seem like the best 3 minutes the Lips have ever conjured, it sounds brilliant when you listen to the record as you should from start to finish. Many times. The cover of 'Again & Again' (originally performed by James 'Iggy Pop' Osterberg with his first band The Iguanas) seems to be disliked by the other reviewers. Don't listen. It's dirty. In this reviewers opinion, the best tracks are; The Drop I Hold, Starting Over, Old Man, I'll Be With You and Take My Heart. Dig it all though. If you're reading this, then garage must be your bag. The Black Lips are the new sound of '66.
I'm right. This is an amazing record. Even Jesus would spin it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To Infinity, And Beyond 30 Mar 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Black Lips will forever be a loveable, lo.fi, garage rock 'n' roll combo, no mater how they dress up a release. Predecessor, Good Bad Not Evil leant on catchy refrains and jangly pop. Though they kidded no-one. The record's heart was still in shambly, fuzzy guitars.

'200 Million Thousand' is no different. The heart is till very much on the sleeve. However, so are a couple of new directions. We welcome back the blues into their rock. The album opener is scampishly bouncy, 'Body Combat' recalls early White Stripes. We also welcome Doors-like pysch. as heard on 'Trapped In A Basement' and 'Old Man'. There are hints at alt.country, 'Short Fuse' stomps along like an actual Creedence Clearwater Revival. 'The Drop I Hold' even, and somewhat peculiarly, brings early, lo.fi Wu Tang Clan to mind.

The album is let down a little by its length, 15 tracks in all. Weaker number like 'Big Black Baby Jesus Of Today' and 'Again & Again' are a little aimless, and why one of the latter tracks is censured with bleeps is anyone but the label's guess. '200 Million Thousand' is a maintaining of form for a band with an impressive run. Here's to infinity then, and beyond of course.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less is more! 1 Jun 2009
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Brilliant lo-fi feel to this album, but it could've been a 5-star one if they'd been a bit more selective about which tracks made the final cut. 3 or 4 of the songs sound like they should've been shelved...
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the benefits of the internet 19 Mar 2009
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I thought this album was fairly dire - they seem to be going for some raw "made in a garage" sound but seem to have gone a bit far as it sounds like amateur hour at a kid's disco.

Better luck next time guys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars garage kings do it again 12 April 2009
By Justin Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
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well i will admit i think this cd is really good and hope years to come the black lips will continue as a band.if you are new to these guys i would start with one of their other cds,this one is a little slower than some of their other records-let it bloom is probably their best record.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Black Lips Go Out on a Limb 5 May 2009
By Tom Birkenstock - Published on Amazon.com
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The Black Lips are not for looking over the rainbow or beyond the horizon or over the next hill; the Black Lips are for looking back. This is true enough for their latest release, 200 Million Thousand, and if you are cursorily familiar with their older work then you know what to expect here: flower punk (their term) played with sloppy abandon and lyrics about cruising around in cluttered cars, taking drugs, drinking, and other miscellaneous fun. A strain of nostalgia runs throughout the album. For the Black Lips nostalgia is most easily distilled in the time of their late teens, when the novelty of owning a car hasn't worn off and the appropriate response to screwing up is to "drink some more beers."

The Black Lips's sense of nostalgia has never been a drawback for the band, and if anything it has been their reason for existing. Everything from their easily recognizable influences to flat mono sounding production values help transport the listener back a few decades. Some of the songs do this beautifully, such as the bluntly titled "Drugs," about picking up women and driving around aimlessly while, you guessed it, on drugs. Many decry the Black Lips's snot nosed brat personas, but with lyrics that begin with the line, "my nose is a-runny" the Lips have little qualms over this guise. And why should they, it's worked well so far? "Starting Over" melds the easy sentiments of beginning anew sung over the jangly guitars of the Byrds. Like many of the high points on this album, and there are quite a few, these songs give the appearance of an old classic, now forgotten, that has serendipitously made its way onto the radio DJs mix.

However, what do you do when a band whose rason de'etre is to shuffle through used tunes, like most of us peruse Good Will stores, starts looking to "mature"? The results are not pretty. "The Drop I Hold," a song that drags its belly from beginning to end, is an embarrassing attempt to rap/sing over a vaguely hip hop beat. I'm all for mixing of genres and actually believe that since the nineties too many musicians have been hold up in their own musical corner, but here the song not only sounds out of place but the rhymes sound like they're delivered through a bad cold. Missing is any sense of storytelling found in the best hip hop, or even on other, superior Black Lips songs. The closer, "I Saw God," begins with a lengthy found sound of a kid ruminating on "God" that manages to be both pretentious and childish. Childishness is expected from the Black Lips, but I can't think of anyone who goes into a Black Lips album looking forward to mediocre ruminations on God.

In their attempt to recover sounds of old, the Black Lips have brought back something that should have stayed in the sixties: the front loaded album. It has been my unfortunate observation that too many sixties rock and rollers stuffed all the goods on side A in what I assume is the belief that when it comes time to flip the record the listener will be too stoned to stumble over to the record player. Similarly, the Black Lips may be hoping that you rip the songs you need and forget about the filler. For those of us who still listen to full albums this isn't an option, and by the time the Lips start rapping you will probably wish they would start singing about snotty noses some more.
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay for Black Lios 4 April 2014
By kmz - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've never heard these guys, this is not the record you should start with. They're a great band, check out "Let it Bloom" or "Arabia Mountain", it'll give you a better idea of how phenomenal this band is
5.0 out of 5 stars garage punk, catchy tunes 9 Aug 2010
By B. Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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this group is great. if you like them, you will like this. i suggest you listen to snipets before buying blind, but if you give it any chance at all, it will grow on you. see them live, if possible, and be prepared to be trampled. they drive their crowds berserk
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars b.c.boo 3 May 2009
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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i just efen love the godamn blacklips, so efen good i just gets crazy every time i listen to them, this album is great from head to toe, dat song again & again, & drop i hold, so good
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