Atlanta garage-punk kingpins the Black Lips made a name for themselves outside garage circles thanks to an infamously rambunctious live show that was known to involve all manner of flying fluids. Fittingly, their first album for Vice Records, LOS VALIENTES DEL MUNDO NUEVO, was a set recorded live in Tijuana, Mexico. A raucous session by any standard, the album set the stage for the Lips' studio debut for Vice, the excellent GOOD BAD NOT EVIL.
Though GBNE is as much of a stomping good time as any other Lips album, it displays a newfound focus on craft and nuance over chaos and raunch. "Veni Vidi Vici" and "Step Right Up" offer polished updates on '60s garage and psych, while "Navajo" and "How Do You Tell a Child That Someone Has Died" are pitch-perfect genre exercises that point to the Lips' irreverence as well as their talent. A strong record that shows a band growing without abandoning its soul, GOOD BAD NOT EVIL will surely introduce the Lips to a larger audience, while pleasing fans as well.
Spin (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Half these songs cold have been lifted straight from '60s novelty garage comps, particularly 'How Do You Tell A Child That Someone Has Died' and 'Navajo'..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "As grimy as a truck-stop restroom, Atlanta's Lips want to be the Pabst-swilling heirs to the Troggs." -- Grade: A-
Uncut (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Black Lips are upholders of rock 'n' rolls finest schlock traditions....[The] album combines poignant odes to former drummer Ben Eberbaugh with a joyous refusal to take itself seriously."
Alternative Press (p.170) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Fourteen tracks showcase genre-blending that works surprisingly well together..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Black Lips conjure not only the riffs of the early garage squallers, but their very spirit."