Artist Black Lips Arabia Mountain Rock Pop Product Type Compact Disc

Track Title. 1 Family Tree. 1 Family Tree. 2 Modern Art. 2 Modern Art. 3 Spidey’s Curse. 3 Spidey’s Curse. 4 Mad Dog. 4 Mad Dog. 5 Mr. Driver. 5 Mr. Driver. 6 Bicentennial Man. 6 Bicentennial Man. 7 Go Out And Get It. 7 Go Out And Get It. 8 Raw Meat. 8 Raw Meat. 9 Bone Marrow. 9 Bone Marrow. 10 The Lie. 10 The Lie. 11 Time. 11 Time. 12 Dumpster Dive. 12 Dumpster Dive. 13 New Direction. 13 New Direction. 14 Noc-A-Homa. 14 Noc-A-Homa. 15 Don’t Mess Up My Baby. 15 Don’t Mess Up My Baby. 16 You Keep On Running. 16 You Keep On Running. After a decade of playing wildly sloppy, thrillingly messed up garage noise that always seemed on the brink of collapse, Black Lips must have felt like changing things up. So, for their 2011 album, Arabia Mountain, they hit the studio with big shot producer Mark Ronson and tightened up and streamlined their sound quite a bit. The usual murky haze their albums seemed trapped under is gone and the drums now have a healthy kick, the guitars ring out clearly, and the vocals are out front and proud. Added to the usual guitar-bass-drums set-up are acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, musical saws, and saxophones both for depth and variety. Songs jump out of the speakers with a force the band never had before, fully half the album could be summer rock radio hits or dance party staples. The slower and quieter songs have a clarity and strength only hinted at before, too; “Don t Mess Up My Baby” shows they don t have to make a racket to be messed up and nasty. It sa daring gamble for the band since they could have easily turned off all the fans who love them for the wildness and unpredictability of their early records (and live shows). They could have slicked things up so much that all the unhinged fun and rambunctious antics were paved over and gone. Luckily, Ronson was only interested in clearing away the mess just enough so the songs could come through loud and clear.