Black LipsThe Black Lips do exactly what their ninth album proclaims in its title, seamlessly blending garage rock, country and the blues into what has now become their signature sound.

Though they wrestle with some big overarching themes, the band also add a dash of humour, with opening lines like “This old middle finger has grown fat and tired from flipping the bird” proving the band still possess spades of good-natured cheek. An album that is a sum of its parts, the instrumental arrangements across the record are some of the best of their discography, with a real sense of cohesion within the five-piece translating into some inspired musical moments.

Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart by Black Lips is out January 24 via Fire Records.

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