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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.
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on 30 March 2009
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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on 1 June 2009
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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on 19 March 2009
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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