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Arabia Mountain by Black Lips
Released: Jun 2011
Label: Vice Music
This unpredictable Georgia garage-punk band's third album for Vice Records has the classic sound and guitars/horns combination that once typified the Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones. Arabia Mountain comes off as a tour through '60s rock 'n' roll/garage moves: "Mad Dog," for example, echoes ? and the Mysterians. More of a loving extension of the old ways than any sort of gimmicky retro act, Black Lips offer a legitimacy to the often insubstantial, overly stylized garage-rock scene. "Raw Meat" could as easily fit on a Ramones record as a Troggs best-of.
Mike McGuirk
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