Black Lipstick

Sincerely, Black Lipstick (Peek-A-Boo)

Texas Platters

Black Lipstick

Sincerely, Black Lipstick (Peek-A-Boo)

The Velvet Underground spawned a million bands with their organic textures and swirling riffage. Black Lipstick is not alone. The Austin quartet's sophomore LP, Sincerely, Black Lipstick, is a letter to lost friends and family, but the melancholy, more often than not, is replaced by slowcore jams and echoing beats. Opener "B.O.B. F.O.S.S.E.," perhaps the best track on the disc, utilizes VU repetition to emphasize the driving rhythm behind Phillip Niemeyer's Joey Ramone vocals. When Niemeyer fails, Travis Higdon replies with powerfully simple guitar. The poppy "Grandma Airplane" is comfortable ground for the ex-Kiss Offs, reflecting Austin's Masonic while calling and responding. And if the monotone vocals bleed into each other from song to song, "Viva Max" serves as a reminder that this is too personal to be just a rock album: "One foot on the dance floor, the other in the grave." "The Bad Catholic" is a drunken call to religion, nearly ruined by the attitudinal lyrics. But by the time "All Night Long Forever" closes out the LP, Lou Reed comes calling again, this time heading up a long trip into the night. Black Lipstick might not be all brilliance and notability, but it's good, clean analog love.

**.5

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