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Arabia Mountain

Black Lips

Arabia Mountain

Sixth studio album from the Atlanta, Georgia psych rock quartet produced by Mark Ronson

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  1. 9.0 |   The Fly

    There’s no doubt that Black Lips are progressing, but they’ve not lost an ounce of their bite, energy or general aceness. A triumph in every sense
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  2. 9.0 |   Blurt

    These good-time bad-boys have added an unwavering, almost incessant, retro-catchiness to their self-described "flower punk" sound
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    This album will be one of the best medicines leisure can buy for temporary relief from contemporary life
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Pairing them with the master of millimetres-deep vintage veneer Mark Ronson was something of a stroke of genius
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  5. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Energetic, fun, loose, and immediate
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    The production is outstanding and the songs themselves are aural narcotics... six albums in they’ve found an even stronger stride
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Loose, infectious and still joyously off-message
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Ronson’s presence stays true to the Black Lips’ psychedelic and “flower punk” influences while giving Arabia Mountain the feel of wafting out of a crackly FM radio
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  9. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Over 16 scuzzy tracks, the Black Lips casually embrace just about every conceivable mode and era of the genre
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  10. 8.0 |   Prefix

    It may or may not be a stretch to say that they're maturing, but their music certainly is
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a fine collection of ribald pop-punk gems. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    mMre of the same in the way that every ten pound note is the same: its similarity to the last doesn’t prevent it being gratefully received, valued for what it provides
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    Truly, these guys are God's own creatures
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Wild abandon never sounded so inviting. Print edition only

  16. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    It may be poised to push this band further over-ground, but they're not going up without a fight
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  17. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The band’s smarmy charm bleeds through, providing the worthy follow-up to Good Bad Not Evil that 200 Million Thousand didn’t quite manage
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  18. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    Black Lips clearly lean towards the retro as much as the care-free – and with ‘Arabia Mountain’ they have packaged it in a more accessible format
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  19. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s simple, classic garage rock, great for driving on sunny days and playing as loud as your stereo can go
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  20. 7.0 |   BBC

    The best tracks here could have been written at almost any point in the past 45 years
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  21. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    The Black Lips’ strongest and most focused record yet
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  22. 7.0 |   Spin

    The glibly sloppy, lo-fi brats are almost sculpted into garage-punk sophistication
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  23. 6.0 |   Clash

    Production is loud and punchy and even the quiet bits aren’t quiet, which makes all sixteen tracks in one sitting a bit like hard work
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    There are four near-perfect EPs here, but it's a haul to listen to in one sitting
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