Damaged review by Black Flag

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  • Released: Nov 16, 1981
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (16 votes)
Black Flag: Damaged

Sound — 9
If I had to pick an album with the most raw, brutal sound in my collection, this would certainly be a contender. Imagine an assault of messy distorted guitars over screaming, angry vocals, and there you go, Black Flag. It had cheap recording quality, and I think that makes it all the better. Albums like this wouldn't be as good and raw if they had good production.

Lyrics — 8
While there's nothing amazing about the lyrics, they're better than you'd expect from an underground hardcore punk band. They're very anti-everything, such as police and government, but I don't get the whole "Anti-parent" controversy. I don't see that. Because of the vocal styling, you probably won't get a lot of the lyrics out of it, so they're.

Overall Impression — 9
This is probably the best hardcore punk album ever made. The only thing I can think of that gives it a run for it's money is New Day Rising by Husker Du. And I sort of agree and disagree with the other reviewer who didn't like tv party. I think it's a fun song, but way more mainstream than the other songs on Damaged. My personal favorites are Rise above, Damaged, Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, and Depression. This is a must for any punk funs, or just people who like fast, brutal music in general.

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    ^seconded. TV Party adds levity to the rest of the album. Plus it makes a good point: we are all zombies that stare at screens for hours on end.