The prolific Lips returned with Underneath the Rainbow this month – not quite the resounding…
The prolific Lips returned with Underneath the Rainbow this month – not quite the resounding follow-up to the excellent Mark Ronson-produced Arabia Mountain in 2011 and subsequent palate-whetting with a daring Vice-accompanied tour of the Middle East in 2012. The new LP sees the four-piece working with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney to a somewhat underwhelming end.
While it’s difficult to pinpoint foundational flaws, one gets the sense that, rather than with each song in isolation, the problem sits with the way the completed product comes together. At the very least the Lips can be commended on their perpetual gumption and their consistent churning-out of some great songs.
‘Funny’, a standout on this seventh LP, is also home to some of its stupidest lyrics. But unintelligible breastfeeding invitations aside, this track is a cut of the Atlanta-based rabble-rousers doing what they do best – infectious, crudely ambitious garage-rock, served atop a bed of flower-punk foolishness – with a just a hint of a lasting Ronson impression.
You can listen to it here: