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Black Flag est l'un des représentants les plus symptomatique punk hardcore, une sous-famille du punk rock apparu en Amérique du Nord à la fin des années 1970. Avec Blag Flag citons "Circle Jerks" (fondé en 1979 en Californie par le chanteur de Black Flag), "Crumbsuckers" et bien sûr les "Dead Kennedys". Beaucoup moins "ouverte" que la palette du Punk Rock classique version britannique, le hard Core à l'image de cet album frappe par son énergie et sa violence. Néanmoins cette énergie binaire et les éructations vocales du chanteur peuvent à force conduire à une certaine lassitude surtout chez les moins jeunes d'entre-nous. Le Hard Core a le mérite de bouleverser cependant l'univers convenu de la New Wave qui s'installe au début des années 80. Curieux et émouvant témoignage post-punk.
Bon c'est sur mon titre est un peu pretentieux.. mais quoi, un bon Black flag (tel celui-ci) dans les oreilles et aussitot on est pret a faire la revolution !!! Si vous hésitez pour votre achat du moment, un (bon) conseil : c'est ce disque!!! 15 titres, rien à jeter, on écoute ce moment de pur bonheur qu'est "Damaged", tout en finesse comme à leur habitude, et on en redemande !!!!
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Never Mind the Sex Pistols...27 mars 2001
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If you've never bought a punk album in your life - well, you must either be very young or extremely old, but either way, you're probably wondering where to start. If you've never heard the Sex Pistols' epic 1977 "Never Mind the Bollocks", you'll only be wondering what that's like, so get that first. Then get this, for the simple reason that Black Flag were a better band. The Flag had been plugging away in southern California since around 1977 or so when their fourth (or was it third?) lead singer Dez Cadena had to abandon the mic because his voice couldn't handle the gruelling touring schedule. They recruited 20-year-old dedicated fan and sometime ice-cream-store manager Henry Rollins to replace him, and the fix was in. This album was recorded within months of Rollins joining, and while he himself loyally claims to prefer the records the band made before his arrival (handly compiled on SST's stonking compilation "The First Four Years"), the rest of us have little doubt that Rollins was the definitive Flag singer, and not just because he lasted longer than anybody else. Rollins became a great singer almost overnight. His voice sounds like the tone of Greg Ginn's guitar - swollen almost to bursting, raw, charging in every direction at once. The songs are short, almost all very fast, and more eloquent and expressive than practically any UK band of the period. (Black Flag blew people off the stage not because they were personally intimidating, although they were, but because they were just better at it than anybody else.) When they're funny, they're very funny, as in the hilarious "TV Party" - when they're not being funny, they're truly frightening ("Depression", "No More", "Rise Above".) The Flag and their numerous alumni went on to make more complex, musically audacious and fascinating albums than this one, but "Damaged" is their straightest-up shot of raw power - allusion intended. It kills. It should be required listening for Berklee students. Whichever way you shake it, it's a great album, and a brilliant record of an unforgettable band hitting its stride. Ten stars. I know you can't give ten stars, but I want to be able to anyway. Make a note, Amazon.
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Punk ---old or new--- Does Not Get Better Than This!7 septembre 2004
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It seems like yesterday when I picked up the LP that had the sticker reading a record executive's quote: "As a parent, I found this to be an anti-parent record." Being young, that was all the more incentive to pick up the record.
Years later, this album has not aged at all. What's funny is that despite the sticker warning, I found nothing "Anti-Parent" about this album. This is some of the angriest music I have ever heard, and is cathartic for anybody---not just fans of this genre--- in a rotten mood. While geared toward early 80s punks, this is a keen adrenaline rush for the irritable!
Aside from the rawer than raw guitar work, Henry Rollins really makes this album. Whether it's the opening "Rise Above" cries or the short "Spray Paint the Walls," there is something unbridled in Rollins' voice that makes this music an all out celebration of rage. And despite what the TV evangelists said years ago, this album never made me want to go assault my teachers, parents or the Good Humor Man; this is good "venting" music, from whatever walk of life you live in.
And then there is the classic "TV Party," which is one of the funniest punk songs I have ever heard. It's a kick hearing a string of angry odes, followed by a satirical bit in the same key.
There are lots of good punks CDs out there, lots of good Black Flag albums out there, but there is nothing quite like "Damaged."
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Savage, abrasive, blistering, brutal. Not for Blink fans.9 juin 2003
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(NOTE: If you're not a punk fan at all, this album won't change your mind, so save your time and discontinue reading now. But, if you're interested in punk and you don't have this album yet, READ THIS!!!) As my title suggests, this is one of the most brutal albums of all time. It's brutality isn't measured by its speed (most of the songs are relatively slow compared to say, Minor Threat), but through its sheer POWER. The songs on this album will kick your a$$, no questions asked. This is Black Flag's first album featuring Henry Rollins. While he's not the BEST Black Flag singer (they've had about 4 others), his growling, spitting, and screaming of his words made the Flag so damn ferocious. This reigns as the PERFECT album (with the Germs' M.I.A. at a close 2nd) to show poseurs who like Blink 182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, etc. and think they're punk rock. The songs are all really hardcore and abrasive, yet you find yourself singing them to yourself all the time. That's part of the genius of the Flag: hardcore as all hell, yet catchy in a way. This goes especially for the "hits": "Six Pack" and "TV Party." There are many other notable songs on Damaged, including "Rise Above" (of course), "Depression", "Thirsty and Miserable", and "Spray Paint." All of the songs are extremely abrasive, yet are very listenable to anyone who likes REAL punk rock. Unfortunately, this album is far from perfect. The album really starts to fall apart during the end and has quite a few stinker songs. Sometimes sheer abrasiveness can't save a bad song. However, it has so many gosh darn punk rock CLASSICS that anyone who's into punk rock or hardcore at all should already own this. It's a staple in any respectable collection of true punk and must be heard to be believed. (ANOTHER NOTE: If you bought Damaged and found it to be too brutal, pick up Black Flag's "First Four Years." It's much easier to get in to, and once you get into it, you'll start to appreciate Damaged more and more)
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They hate us, we hate them8 mars 2002
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This review will not pit one genre of punk or one historical moment of punk against another, but rather try to elucidate why "Damaged" is such a damn good album. Lyrically, the album focuses predominantly on boredom (think of the "hits" "TV Party" and "Six Pack"), rebellion ("Police Story," "Gimme Gimme Gimme"), alienation ("Depression," "Room 13," "Padded Cell") and poverty ("Thirsty and Miserable," "No More"). But I think the most interesting dynamic on the album is that between Henry Rollins' gut-curdling screams and Greg Ginn's downright abusive guitar playing (particularly on "Thirsty and Miserable," "Depression" and "Life of Pain"). Together, they raise the content imbedded in the lyrics to new levels of aggression. Also, check out the siren-like feedback that opens "Police Story"--it's as brutal as any opening "note" on a punk track since the Ramones' "Chain Saw." Also, the rhythm section of Charles Dukowski and ROBO gives songs like "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and "No More" the impression that they are "epic," rather than the bristling 2 minute songs that they are. "Damaged" represents the culmination of what Black Flag had been working towards in their first four years (check out "The First Four Years" and "Everything Went Black" to see what I'm talking about), and with the lyrical content still dominated by Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins' "spoken-word"isms are kept to a minimum here (which for some is a good thing). It also seems to be the apotheosis of the boredom/rebellion lyrical theme in punk (from the Stooges' debut in 1969 to the Clash's debut in 1977)--this is it! They say things are gonna get better, well all I know is, they don't get much better than "Damaged."
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Raw, powerful, amazing 80s harcore punk2 septembre 2001
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This is definitely Black Flag's best cd ever. That says a lot, considering that Black Flag put out so many rockin albums. Damaged is full of energy and rawness that almost makes it sound like a live album. Thats one of my favorite things about Black Flag- the pure, unbridled energy....I wish I would've been alive to see these guys in concert. Anyway, my favorite tracks are 'Rise Above,' 'Six Pack,' 'Depression,' and in my opinion the best, "TV Party.' The whole album is great, however, and its quite hard to pick out standout tracks when they are all so...good. Buy this album, if you are a fan of 80s punk like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and the Dead Kennedys. And to all the Blink and Sum41 fans- sorry, but you need balls to listen to this rad album.