Slip It In review by Black Flag

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  • Released: Nov 30, 1984
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (11 votes)
Black Flag: Slip It In
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Sound — 9
The third official LP from the influential DIY hardcore punk band, "Slip It In" is a natural extension of the proto-grunge sound that was brewing on "My War". This album also was the debut of bassist Kira Roessler, who really contributed to the low end of the album (notably on "Slip It In", "The Bars"). The previous record had bass done by guitarist Greg Ginn, and it seems that on this record, free to focus solely on guitar, he was able to craft more of his signature chromatic riffs and feedback laden leads. The album features some of his most memorable melodies up to that point in the bands career. The opening riffs on the the title track show the continued forward movement of their sound (and possibly influenced The Dillinger Escape Plan). Drummer Bill Stevenson, arguably the best drummer ever to play in the Flag, also does the album with with tight snare fills and and crashing cymbals. The vocals carry everything forward into the cathartic and angry territory that Black Flag is known for treading on.

Lyrics — 7
"Slip It In" marks an increase in lyrical contributions by frontman Henry Rollins. Ginn still wrote the majority of the record, but here the split was much closer than previously seen. Themes cover paranoia ("The Bars", "Black Coffee") to lust and promiscuity ("Slip It In") as well as other similar topics. Rollins delivers his trademark growls and shrieks and does a good job, if not his most standout ever.

Overall Impression — 8
The album is more accessible than "My War", but still more experimental than their beloved early material. It also falls a bit from not being as challenging as it's predecessor, but given that they came out in the same year (1984), the difference between them is impressive. Ultimately, it is a worthy piece of their discography and worth a listen or 3. Also, a final side note, the album artwork (of a nun appearing to be performing fellatio) continued the trend of the band's controversial persona.

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    SumFX
    Great record. Personally I think 'My War' is a more accessible record than 'Slip It It'.
    What's a genre?
    This is an excelelnt review. I've got this one, Damaged, My War and Nervous Breakdown. Can anyone please advise me which one to get next? Thank you
    SumFX
    What's a genre? wrote: This is an excelelnt review. I've got this one, Damaged, My War and Nervous Breakdown. Can anyone please advise me which one to get next? Thank you
    In My Head
    EpsilonJSTC
    What's a genre? wrote: This is an excelelnt review. I've got this one, Damaged, My War and Nervous Breakdown. Can anyone please advise me which one to get next? Thank you
    Jealous Again and Loose Nut. Also, I think Who's Got the 10&1/2? is pretty good.