I only know a handful of Black Lips songs and mostly just know them for their rambunctious performances. I’m pretty sure they got kicked out of some Southeastern country a few years ago. Oh well. I usually check for anything Mark Ronson produced and I was intrigued how he would affect the band’s garage rock sound. Lips’ fans will find “New Direction” isn’t a total departure from the band’s comfort zone. Ronson avoided the horns he seems to add to many artists’ music, instead he refined it and made the guitar slightly jangl-ier and turned “New Direction” into a short but sweet ’60s pop anthem. I like it, go ATL.
Black Lips – New Direction (free .mp3 via CoS)
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