Album Review: Lightning Bolt – Earthly Delights

September 1, 2009

When Greek gods attack Disneyland.

Concept: The dynamic duo is back after too long with their latest bundle of thrash.

Sound: Nobody that listened to the last five minutes of Dead Cowboy will forget Lightning Bolt, a scrappy drummer in overdrive wearing a mask implanted with a telephone mic and a bassist modded with banjo strings and more distortion than Glenn Beck, cranking their own form of berserk, earthless nosebleed music. Nobody should expect a band to invent a new sound twice. Here you have the same strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, things can drag on too long, sounding like an Ufomammut warmup, and on the other, you have bizarro breakneck noise rock that’s equal parts Sun Ra and Boredoms. There is actually more variety between tracks on this album, with a pleasing bluegrass warble running through Funny Farm and psychedelic blurs glazing Rain On Lake I’m Swimming In. Lightning Bolt has done itself a favor by dividing up the elements of its explosive style.

Lyrics: Very very incoherent. The guy’s drumming like a chipmunk on narcotics; the fact that he can open his mouth at the same time is pretty surprising.

Quick And Dirty: More of the nothing is the same. (♦♦♦♦)


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