Fire Records presents the ninth studio album from Atlantan garage rockers Black Lips, now veterans of the scene despite their notoriously riotous on-stage antics, vomiting and all. Barbed and vicious, Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart shows the band haven’t necessarily matured with age, but merely become more aware of the world around them.
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Black Lips’ chaos has always felt more controlled than that of their peers. Whereas the likes of Fat White Family and Allah-Las give off the sense that they might spontaneously combust at any moment, Black Lips have managed to maintain forward motion across two decades and several lineup changes. This is the reason that they've been able to remain a productive unit for so long - ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ clocks as their ninth studio album. Furthermore, it’s also probably part of why the band’s music has streamlined somewhat in recent years, shedding some of its lugubrious frenzy for a kind of postmodern country-punk style inherited from Country Teasers and to a lesser extent The Gun Club.
On ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ the band are at their best when their pointedly ramshackle pastiche comes full-circle and pushes on to sincerity. ‘Gentleman’, ‘Rumbler’ and ‘Georgia’ are all fine pieces in this mode, with lyrics like ‘this old middle-finger has grown tired from flicking the bird’ attaining a strange poignancy. Other winning moments come when Black Lips use their composing/arranging abilities to blood their old styles with new quirks - ‘Odelia’ rocks its hiccuping groove and taut guitar work to distinguish itself from the other rockers here.
However, those more tearaway numbers often feel a bit slight, particularly by the later stages of the record. While freaking countrified rock with a more low-down sensibility and characters from the fringe of society will always carry a certain thrill for a certain listener, we’ve heard stuff like ‘Angola Rodeo’ and ‘Live Fast Die Slow’ before - both from Black Lips and their contemporaries.
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