Black Flag
Slip It In


3.5
great

Review

by 4strings USER (4 Reviews)
August 5th, 2010 | 11 replies | 11,518 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New sound, same band. Black Flag changes a lot and adds diversity to their music which is shown throughout Slip It In.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Slip It In followed My War by a few months right after Black Flag’s problem with Unicorn Records. Black Flag was unable to release any records for three years, so they had a lot of time to write new material.

When the first track hits it’s pretty easy to tell that this is not going to be the same music you heard on Damaged. Black Flag really jazzes up their sound on this record. This is not a bad thing, because it’s a great, new sound. Very creative. Songs are definitely longer than most of their others, maybe a little too long at points. Just about all of the tracks feel like they get a bit repetitive, but the guitar work definitely makes up for it. Their new bassist, Kira, does a really good job, and adds some spice to the mix. The title track is amazing. All of the members play well together and make a creative, high energy song. The second track, Black coffee has just as much energy if not more, raw production, and you should like it just as much as the first song. Wound Up is like a longer version of Nervous Breakdown in that the energy builds up as the song progresses. Not to say that Henry doesn’t do a good job projecting vocals, but his lyrics may come off as kind of cheesy at points IMO:

I wear rat's shoes
I pay rat's dues
I make rat's moves
I sing rat's blues

This brings me to the fourth track, “Rat’s Eyes.” These next two songs change the quality of the record a bit, and are the slow, grunge tracks. Rat’s Eyes has some great, interesting guitar work, but the chorus is repeated and revisited a little too much. I’ve listened to this record many times, but I’m still not sure how to take the vocals on this song, or the lyrics. The vocals and lyrics are out there which gives it a unique feel. I can’t tell if it sets or ruins the mood of the song. What immediately follows is a 5:51 long instrumental, Obliteration. Like all the songs on here it has some good guitar work, but it plays the same few riffs countless times and contains three solos. It’s just clearly not worthy of 6 minutes.

The Bars raises the quality of the record again. The drums add a lot to this track with quick snare rolls and drum fills. My Ghetto has the highest energy on Slip It In. Rollin’s does such a good job of projecting his vocals in this song, it’s outstanding. It’s short, but very sweet. The last song, You’re Not Evil, is quite the longest. The vocals on the chorus seem out of place. Then during the verse we witness screeches that aren’t exactly necessary. They’re nothing like the ones on Side B of My War. They’re just screeches in the background, not too cool. The instruments really end Slip It In with a bang. I just don’t know if I can say the same for Henry Rollins


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shindip
August 5th 2010



3536 Comments


Pretty good review. I havent heard this album yet, but Ill pick it up soon.

4strings
August 6th 2010



27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, I would if I were you. Let me know what ya think

kount
August 6th 2010



1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if ur just checking this out now then you must suck

731
August 6th 2010



662 Comments


Not a bad review

one of Flag's weaker albums

accompliceofmydeath
August 6th 2010



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer My War and Damaged to this, but it's an awesome album nonetheless.

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Goatlord
July 29th 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rat's Eyes is the biggest turd Black Flag ever laid.

Haz
January 24th 2012



268 Comments


this is so good

Goatlord
November 24th 2012



405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the older i get, the more i appreciate black flag.

Fozzie
August 23rd 2013



280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I FEEL SO LET DOWN!

Thunderkat
March 20th 2014



208 Comments


I never knew the attraction black flag has, the only thing I ever thought was cool was nervous breakdown, everything else was ehhh, I heard better punk bands. I'm not sure if I'm missing something or I just can't get into the band at all.

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NeroCorleone80
March 21st 2014



26876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules. Easily their best post-My War album

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