Black Flag
Jealous Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brendan M. USER (38 Reviews)
May 30th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jealous Again is Black Flag in their rawest state, with nothing but straightforward, angry, unadulterated punk rock.

Black Flag is undeniably one of the most important punk rock bands to ever exist. Whether it be the raw ferocity of Nervous Breakdown or Damaged that pioneered the genre of hardcore, or the way they pushed boundaries by slowing the speed on releases such as My War or Slip it In, their influence is still felt today in the underground punk, and sometimes metal scene. However, even their earliest material holds a lot of significance in the 80s underground scene, whether people realize it or not. One of these releases, Jealous Again, is one that sadly goes unnoticed. This is most likely due to the shaky position Black Flag was in at the time, with the sudden absence of Keith Morris, but it still deserves a mention in the grand scheme of the band's career.

Jealous Again is Black Flag’s second release, and easily one of their most straightforward. Instead of opting for slow tempos or poor impressions of Black Sabbath, Black Flag simply make fast, aggressive, and quick punk rock songs. It’s not all conventional though, with Greg utilizing a rather different approach to guitar playing than most of the fellow punk rock guitarists. He uses lots of individual notes and solo techniques instead of just power chords and fast picking. Every song of course is based around power chords, but he often does short breaks of different notations, which would normally be considered too complex for punk rock. Every musician does their job well here, with Robo doing fast, seamless drumming, Chuck’s bass playing is aggressive as usual, and Ron’s singing is typical of punk, but it fits in perfectly. While the songs don’t tend to differ too much from one another, every song does its job just fine.

With Jealous Again, Black Flag have crafted a short and sweet little EP that will sit proudly in any punk rock fan’s collection. One could argue that it’s too straightforward and doesn’t really convey anything new, but it does its job very well by just being a quick punk EP. The songs are all performed well, have a punch to them, and feel raw and unadulterated. The production certainly isn’t the best, but it adds to the old school attack of the release. So overall, this is certainly a solid EP, as well as a decent starting point for newcomers to Black Flag.



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BMDrummer
May 30th 2014


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed a review, and as the Flag fan I am, I wrote this about a week ago. Feedback is welcome!

Futures
May 30th 2014


12464 Comments


Second half of the summary sucks

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BMDrummer
May 30th 2014


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any suggestions?

KriegdemKriege
May 31st 2014


1418 Comments


Hella surprised this didn't have a review.

This isn't a good EP, but you wrote a good review. Pos. The summary is fine by the way.

KriegdemKriege
May 31st 2014


1418 Comments


"The production certainly isn’t the best, but it adds to the old school attack of the release. So overall, this is certainly a solid EP, as well as a decent starting point for newcomers to Black Flag."

I don't like the double use of "certainly", but that's a really minor criticism.

NeroCorleone80
May 31st 2014


30168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. Still need to check this

Chortles
May 31st 2014


18108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not even close

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BMDrummer
May 31st 2014


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, someone keeps ghost negging my reviews. Going to review What The... next, going to be fun.

BMDrummer
May 31st 2014


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also Kriedgem, I changed the summary a bit after he changed that because I kind of agreed.

KriegdemKriege
June 1st 2014


1418 Comments


Oh. Well hey, the new summary is good. :D

NeroCorleone80
June 1st 2014


30168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best hardcore band ever.



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