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Review Round-up: The Black Lips, Perfect Pussy & Metronomy

By Kendall Gibson Columnist

‘Underneath the Rainbow’ – The Black Lips

Rockers are supposed to be bad. They’re supposed to check in to a hotel at three in the morning and be thrown out at four. This band checks in early and asks the receptionist for a night light. Their lameness is reflected in their music. Each of their cookie-cutter songs is lifeless, almost as if by design. Here is every song on the album (this will save you some time): They establish 4/4, the guitar is looped in, and some lyrics come and go before the song comes to its calculated end. Nothing unexpected happens, they rebel against nothing.

If You Like: My Chemical Romance, The Black Angels, Caveman

 

‘Say Yes to Love’ – Perfect Pussy

Listen to this album. You will hate it, but that’s intentional. Punk-rock is built and fueled by hate, not just for society and “the man” but for itself, too. That’s why they inundate their songs with distortion and reverb — they’re making to-go packs of hate. When life feels too full of promise, they pop their music on and think, “This music is so bad, I hate the world for allowing its creation. I feel so alive, I could hate anything!”

If You Like: The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Misfits

 

‘Love Letters’ – Metronomy

I once ate a strange fruit that tasted great but I forgot its name and can find no way to describe it accurately. This album is a lot like that fruit. It defies all categorization, but it is fantastically delicious. Maybe my vision of the album’s target audience will best describe the album. This album is for a man who rollerblades and thinks that everybody should rollerblade, and also plays instruments but only ones he makes himself. He’s a weird dude, but he’s the kind of weird that you respect because it seems genuine. Does that make sense? No, no it doesn’t.

If You Like: The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Os Mutantes

 

 

 

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