|Lightning Bolt tracks ranked!|
As has become tradition this spring, I'm spending a morning hung over and creating pointless lists for you people who I don't even know to maybe get a comment or two and then for all this to fade from our collective conciousness as another list from someone else comes around and does the whole shpiel again.
Track 1 - 2 Morro Morro Land (3:43)
Follows in the fine LB tradition of a super fun opener. The grooviest LB track too. I can imagine some fucko covering the riff on guitar with a wah pedal.
Track 8 - Dream Genie (6:21)
A real rock n' roll-y riff kicks off a very metal-esque track, which is a bit of a rarity for LB. This is probably the LB track that is best used for workout music. LB going mainstream!?1! Apparently it was on one of those Rock Band games, which amuses me to no end that this insane shit can feature in games like that.
Ride The Skies
Track 4 - Ride The Sky (4:27)
Oh what a happy go lucky track this one is. Great side A closer too if you got this on vinyl (which you should).
Track 6 - Magic Mountain (4:55)
It figures that one of LB's tracks had to use a Shepard tone. Luckily it works out beautifully - I can never tell if the ringing at the end of this one is natural or just my tinnitus setting in from listening to it too damn loud.
Track 10 - Duel In The Deep (6:16)
The straightforward LB track where the Brians just beat you into submission for six minutes straight.
Track 9 - Bouncy House (4:38)
Chalk this one up to Chippendale's vocals again. His wails, screams and grunts at the climax of Bouncy House make me shit myself every time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5P482Qcxbs (EPILEPSY WARNING, but a super cool video)
Ride The Skies
Track 2 - St. Jacques (4:13)
Probably the one "underrated" track on this list, I don't hear love for it a whole lot and it's gone off their setlists live too. It's very on the nose with the whole childish energy approach they have, what with straight up appropriating a nursery rhyme melody, but it works so well. Another masterpiece of sonic edging. At 03:17, it feels like the sonic equivalent of that Ron Paul "It's Happening" meme.
Track 5 - On Fire (4:42)
Gloriously childish. Probably one of my favorite Chippendale vocal "performances" too. I really love his punctuated madman garbles, it sounds like his face is in a straitjacket.
Track 3 - Colossus (7:14)
One of their most conventional longer tracks in a strictly structural sense, although it is fairly simple to play on bass as well (if you manage to replicate Brian Gibson's bass sound, which I'm gonna tell you to give up on right now, that shit is one of a kind). The climax at the end feels heavier than the creation of the universe. LB are masters of building tension, they just keep pumping that balloon full until you are begging for the release.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRVc02b4_Ks (fucking christ do they nail this one live)
Track 7 - Dead Cowboy (7:58)
Conversely, this is a live staple and with good reason. This insane fucking track is made to be played loud in the midst of sweating hairless apes that we are. Also probably the best anti-Bush/anti-Afghanistan invasion song that came out in that wave of political countersongs in the mid 00's. No pretentious wankery about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NZGbD236fw (the holy grail of LB live videos)
Track 9 - Transmissionary (12:20)
Insane how short this track feels despite clocking in at over 12 minutes. The one that got me into Lightning Bolt and is my most treasured LB experience. Apparently they don't want to do this one live, though, which I kinda get, it feels a lot more like an extended jam than other tracks on this list.