The Black Lips, 'Good Bad Not Evil' (Vice)

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Good Bad Not Evil
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Label: Vice

by Josh Modell

Retro lovers should exercise caution when dancing with the past: True inspiration can turn into tired anachronism with one too many reverb-soaked guitar twangs. Self-described "flower punks" the Black Lips have so much fun time-traveling that they sometimes forget to inject enough present-day danger: Half these songs could've been lifted straight from '60s novelty- garage comps, particularly "How Do You Tell a Child That Someone Has Died" and "Navajo," which starts "I fell in love with a little Indian girl." It's gleefully cheeky, but a little safe -- especially considering the band's reputation for live insanity.

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