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Review: Black Lips, ‘Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?’

These garage-rock vets have always idealized the Sixties at its scuzziest. But their eighth LP has bigger ambitions: Sean Lennon produced, and his mom, Yoko Ono, appears as a guest star, resulting in an 18-song suite with all the highbrow fixings (interludes, spoken-word bits, etc.). They bounce between genres with screwball zeal, but the anti-concept loopiness can be weird fun – from the Wild West psychobilly of “Occidental Front” to a mutant girl-group ballad “Crystal Night” to a cover of the Beatles’ “It Won’t Be Long” that imagines its crushed-out giddiness as woozy sitar-and-guitar slop dementia. 

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