Black Lips

200 Million Thousand (Vice)

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott recently told radio station Q104 that rock's greatest singers don't have great voices so much as great character. It would seem that the Black Lips not only wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, but also extend the concept to the rest of the band as well. With its low-fi production, effect-heavy guitars and adamantly off-key vocals, 200 Million Thousand is an authentically rough homage to the late-1970s world of heartfelt rock 'n' roll. But although the music is great, the Black Lips' infectious catchiness and reminiscent sound inevitably leaves its listeners thinking, "Wait, haven't I heard this before?

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