• Julia Adrien

Album review - 'Sing in a World That's Falling Apart' by Black Lips

TL;DR: Favorite track: "Locust" Least favorite track: "Hooker Jon"


Okay, let’s start with the good. I’d say the standouts for me were “Gentleman,” “Angola Rodeo,” “Georgia,” and “Locust.” “Gentleman” I feel like is widely relatable. The narrator basically feels like he’s too weird/too much of a bum for his partner and, bottom line, isn’t good enough for her. I think we’ve all felt this at one time or another, so that’s where its strength lies—in its relatability potential. “Angola Rodeo” is just plain fun. “Georgia” is a good song about hometown roots. And “Locust” is probably the over all best song on this album. Kind of sad, a little dark. Not great lyrics—I’d find that just as one line started to resonate with me, the next line rendered it confusing or nonsensical—but instrumentally it is good—almost, dare I say, somewhat “Sunday Morning”-ish. Now the bad: Over all, I honestly don’t love it. I feel like a lot of the songs sort of blurred together. Catchy or memorable tunes are certainly lacking here, and the lyrics don’t make up for it. And there’s a certain immaturity that isn’t my thing…I mean, he’s burping in the first song, and saying ‘retarded’ twice in one album seems unnecessary. At the end of the day, it didn’t move me and it also wasn’t too much fun.

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