Sound — 8
This EP is 5 minutes of pure, unadulterated punk rock from one of the best punk bands out there, Black Flag. This is the first recording they did, and features the first of their many vocalists, Keith Morris. In my opinion, he is not as good as Henry Rollins, but he does the job. The sound is muddy, but that is part of the charm of this record. The songs are fast and simple. The experience doesn't last long, but it's amazing while it's happening. My only gripe is that the sound is muddy.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very good for this record. Greg Ginn is excellent at making them match the songs and still mean something. Keith Morris' delivery is excellent, even if he isn't Henry Rollins. Overall, excellent.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great album from a great band. The 5 minutes that you spend listening to it are 5 minutes well spent. It is fast, loud, muddy, and altogether brilliant. Greg Ginn's simple yet effective songwriting shines through, and his unique blend of rhythm and lead guitar playing is great. If this album were stolen, I would not hesitate to buy it back. The best song is for sure the title track, "Nervous Breakdown." If you like punk rock and do not have this album, go buy it now!