Lightning Bolt
Earthly Delights


3.5
great

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
October 17th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More rumblings from the Rhode Island duo.

Lighting Bolt's 'Earthly Delights' does little to stray from the group's signature sound. Some critics have viewed this as a bad thing. While it is easy to understand the sentiment in that school of thought Lighting Bolt's appeal has always come from the endless pummeling of noise the group is able to harness. On 'Earthly Delights' the Rhode Island duo has realized that effects and random noises can only go so far. Has the band changed their sound? No, but the way they actually achieve that sound has grown tenfold. 'Colossus' which seemingly embraces standard tuning encapsulates this theory perfectly. Rather then relying on the usual dissonant contrast between the low-end and high-end of the bass that most Lightning Bolt tracks have 'Colossus' grooves on a few simple bass riffs. This method of basing songs on grooves rather than their previously reliance on intense noisescapes helps embellish their already unique sound.

'Earthly Delights' captures Lightning Bolt in its finest form when it explores techniques alien to the band. 'Funny Farm' a supposed mash-up of country and noise has a stuttered twang to its prodding heaviness. 'Rain On Lake I'm Swimming In' mixes looped high-end bass guitar with the group's always imaginative vocals. The vocals on 'Earthly Delights' are almost pushed to the forefront of the mix in what appears to be yet another subtle shift in the basis of the Lightning Bolt sound. As I said before none of the tracks here really sound out of place, but some of the techniques and effects implemented may make long time listeners feel as if the band is selling out. This is typically the response when a group that is as abrasive as Lightning Bolt moves in a simpler or more accessible way. The album itself has few complaints that can be lodged at it. The main issue that has haunted Lightning Bolt's career is the lack of cohesion their recorded material has with their live performance. 'Earthly Delights' is clearly a highlight of the year and seems impressive after the slightly repetitious and disappointing 'Hypermagic Mountain'. The group has expanded its vocabulary and in general made its sound more broad and enjoyable. 'Earthly Delights' ranks with 'Wonderful Rainbow' as the best recorded Lightning Bolt document, but those who've witnessed the group live may find themselves still asking for something more.



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Prophet178
October 17th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album slays.

Countorous
October 17th 2009


169 Comments


srs

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 17th 2009


3891 Comments


As good as wonderful rainbow eh? On to this shit.

Digging: Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 17th 2009


3741 Comments


album's alright

NortherlyNanook
October 17th 2009


1285 Comments


album's fun

AggravatedYeti
October 17th 2009


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay Rhode Island! I'm getting this soon, sometime, fucking USPS, I should have just driven the 20 mins to Prov and picked it up there.

great short review, just makes me want it more.

Society Sellout
October 17th 2009


292 Comments


Album cover makes me think of vomit.

Prophet178
October 17th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That was the inspiration for the album cover.

WeepingBanana
October 17th 2009


10459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I got this album the second i heard it leaked. The Sublime Freak and Sound Guardians are probably my favorite.

Society Sellout
October 17th 2009


292 Comments


Well... then it works well :P.

shablaman54
October 18th 2009


287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what's wrong with hypermagic mountain?

KYZAR
October 18th 2009


513 Comments


nice, liked their other albums.

feav233
October 19th 2009


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoyed wonderful rainbow and ride the skies, this is pretty crazy as well, good stuff

sassysista
October 20th 2009


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is amazing! They have expanded their sound on this record, definately their finest release.

Sep
October 25th 2009


300 Comments


Album is sick. Collossus and Transmissionary are brutal.

Tulannical
November 8th 2009


2051 Comments


good album!

Maes
November 26th 2009


78 Comments


Very pleased with this album! Listening to it a lot lately

WeepingBanana
January 30th 2010


10459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

transmissionary is so intense. i love it

sexpoi
March 4th 2010


644 Comments


I got this album the second i heard it leaked. The Sublime Freak and Sound Guardians are probably my favorite.

Haha it almost looks like band references in the song titles. Sublime and Sound Garden.... I can see it

Urinetrouble
April 20th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

almost picked this up but i picked up the flaming lips instead. clouds taste metallic is eargasms. anyway, still need to hear this



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