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In My Head - Black Flag

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Black Flag / Audio CD released 2003-12-15 at Sst

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      23.03.2008 23:12
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      Black Flag's sixth album (1985).

      The final Black Flag album is sadly a rather disappointing swan song, particularly for coming at the conclusion of such a brief but inspired career. It's interesting to see the band take a different approach to songwriting here, mixing the spoken word style of 'Family Man' with the heavy metal of 'Loose Nut' to some extent, but the end result doesn't really work, and the longer pieces end up a lot more tedious than anything from 'My War.' Even the production quality has slipped since the previous album, leaving this sounding raw, echoey and under-produced -and not even in the good way.

      This album lacks the energy and basic enjoyment of earlier releases, Rollins' monologues now sounding bored over the top of Greg Ginn's less confident guitar as songs like 'The Crazy Girl' and 'Black Love' seem to be partly improvised as they go along. The final third of the album is the most disappointing, with 'Retired at 21,' 'Society's Tease' and 'It's All Up to You' all losing my attention not long into their overdue playing time, and really it's only the centre of the album with the distinctly-average-but-at-least-not-disappointing 'White Hot,' 'In My Head' and 'Drinking and Driving' that the album holds any of the enthusiasm of the past, with more structured and memorable guitars and a solid drum performance.

      In a way, the mediocrity of this album reminds me of Black Sabbath's final, equally disappointing studio release 'Forbidden' from 1995, and not only because both bands have 'Black' in their name. Well, maybe that has something to do with it.

      1. Paralyzed
      2. The Crazy Girl
      3. Black Love
      4. White Hot
      5. In My Head
      6. Drinking and Driving
      7. Retired at 21
      8. Society's Tease
      9. It's All Up to You


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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Paralyzed
    2 Crazy Girl
    3 Black Love
    4 White Hot
    5 In My Head
    6 Out Of This World
    7 I Can See You
    8 Drinking And Driving
    9 Retired At 21
    10 Society's Tease
    11 It's All Up To You
    12 You Let Me Down

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