After three years of radio silence, the Black Lips report back. "Underneath The Rainbow", the seventh studio album since the founding year of the four band in 2003, offers not only snotty garage rock, but also a good portion of coolness. Whether this is appropriate for the overall sound is ultimately up to each individual to decide. In any case, the band from Atlanta succeeds in keeping the tension curve steep. The listener is then rewarded with sparingly placed explosions such as in "Do The Vibrate". While the singer - in his melodic moments he reminds of the young Iggy Pop - screams his soul out of his body, the guitars dawdle in casual midtempo, as if the Dead Kennedys were on their way with their hand brakes on. And yet this song gives an idea of the pressure the band is able to exert on the stage. The whole thing may sound apparently smooth in some places. But this album invites you to discover the impetuosity behind the façade. And with great pleasure.
Top track: Do The Vibrate