Underneath The Rainbow

Black Lips - Underneath The Rainbow
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2014 Ratings: #636 / 845
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2014 Ratings: #324
March 18, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

Black Lips’ spirit is as bright and brilliant as ever.

75
Under The Radar

Rainbow isn't the band's best record—that would be 2007's near-perfect Good Bad Not Evil—but it is still a damn good one, immensely listenable and accessible, while just left enough of center to keep things interesting. 

75
A.V. Club

On Rainbow, a full spectrum of tin can treble and boyish slovenliness is smeared across an otherwise typical batch of tunes. 

75
The Line of Best Fit

While the feral charms of the group’s volatile live show still proves elusive to fully nail down in the studio, the boisterous new record is filled with plenty of raucous glimpses of what has beat at the unsteady creative heart of this notoriously dubious band for over 15 unpredictable years.

70
musicOMH

Underneath The Rainbow is more of an assault on the ears than anything else, although that’s mostly in a good way, as the band never lose sight of the style that first brought them success. 

70
Paste

Black Lips were probably the last band you’d expect to sound complacent, and now it’s becoming difficult to remember what made them so special in the first place.

67
Consequence of Sound

They wear the influences well, and their own diverse interpretation of ’60s garage and psychedelia remains refreshing seven LPs into their incredible career.

63
Pitchfork

... other Carney-helmed tracks are utterly faceless, which, for a band with Black Lips’ reputation, is unacceptable.

60
Exclaim!

Underneath the Rainbow disappoints due to its inauthentic attempt at sounding like an album recorded long before its time.

60
PopMatters

All the hell-raising insanity that they’ve brought to their music is neatly packaged here and the best songs seem ready to explode at any second. It’s an uneven, but enjoyable ride.

60
DIY

It doesn’t doggedly prize chartworthy melodies out of their dirty fingernail’ed clutches, but it’s an overall clean-sounding (by their standards) return. 

50
Drowned in Sound

For the most part Underneath the Rainbow lacks the acerbic wit that has underscored so much previous Lips material; there’s a handful of tracks here that really are sorely lacking in character

50
AllMusic

In their case the songs are too weak, the sound is too good (aka lifeless), and the album feels like a career move instead of anything real or fun.

tha138
64
A trip to the late 60's and back with a straight sound and lots of fun.
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Track List

  1. Drive By Buddy
  2. Smiling
  3. Make You Mine
  4. Funny
  5. Dorner Party
  6. Justice After All
  7. Boys in the Woods
  8. Waiting
  9. Do the Vibrate
  10. I Don't Wanna Go Home
  11. Dandelion Dust
  12. Dog Years
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