on 24 December 2009
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.