Anti-Flag
Underground Network


4.0
excellent

Review

by faultandfracture USER (2 Reviews)
November 12th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anti-Flag's most powerful and diverse album. Their [i]London Calling[/i].

In the conversation of 90s poppy punky rock n roll bands, there are a few bands that always come up: NOFX, Rancid, Green Day, and, sometimes, Anti-Flag. Known for creating very leftwing political punk rock, Anti-Flag pushes few boundaries (assuming most punk does) but manages to create fun, memorable but thought-provoking music.

Underground Network is easily their most diverse and creative release.

A major problem with their previous releases was the monotonous consistency with the speed and execution. But every song here is easily distinguishable not only for the difference in choruses, but also for different tempos and chord changes. "Angry, Young, and Poor" has a great melody line and works as an excellent album opener. Leading into the faster "This Machine Kills Fascist" keeps the momentum of the record going into the title track, which is one definitely of Anti-Flag's best songs and recalls A New Kind of Army to a great degree.

Many tracks are much faster than anything AF has done previously, including "This Machine...", "Vieques, Puerto Rico - Bikini Revisted", and "The Panama Deception", which fills the ska-punk gap that is essential in every late 90s, early 2000s punk release. Of course, the signature Anti-Flag anthems are there with the title track and "Stars and Stripes", which are probably some of the better punk anthems of any band signed to Fat Wreck Chords. In addition, we hear a new side of AF with "Culture Revolution", one of their more interesting songs in their long catalog (by punk standards).

Another highlight of the album is Chris #2 being showcased as lead singer on the songs "Daddy Warbux" and "Bring Out Your Dead", which gives the band a much more abrasive sound with his raspy melodies. His voice gives a boost to the weak "Daddy..." and, IMO, is infinitely better than Justin Sane's nasal whine.

Overall, the songwriting is far stronger than on previous recordings and the group is more together than ever. The melodies are excellent, the basslines are phenomenal as always, and the subject matters are diverse, thought-provoking, and sometimes just great fun. By far, this album is Anti-Flag's best release and really set the tone for what was to come in their politically-active world.


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3.7
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faultandfracture
November 12th 2007


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i keep writing reviews that are too short. criticism, please.

clairvoyant
November 12th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh i used to enjoy this album when i first got it 4 years ago



culture revolution is my fav on the cd

ToWhatEnd
November 13th 2007


3173 Comments


I don't really think this is too short. You get your point across fairly well. If you do want to beef them up a bit just go into some more detail about aspects of songs or just general points of the album such as guitar sounds, etc.

PhoenixRising
November 14th 2007


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good. I've always liked these guys despite all this shit they get. kind of a meh album though.

Spec
May 23rd 2011


36305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short reviews are just fine. Still love these guys.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2012


58014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much fun ahhhh

Spec
February 17th 2012


36305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2012


58014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ANGRY YOUNG AND POOR

ANGRY YOUNG AND PISSED

ANGRY NO ONE CARES

Spec
March 9th 2012


36305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

knew you would be in here sooner or later

illmitch
July 27th 2012


5511 Comments


been listening to this today

still so good

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2014


58014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You don't have to be a racist to be a nazi fuck

your mindless nationalism gives you credentials enough

Spec
January 11th 2014


36305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought I owned this but it was Mobilize I was thinking of noooo.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2014


58014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I own em all on CD of course. Except the newest two



I even got that DVD

Spec
January 11th 2014


36305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Death Of A Nation? Yeeeeee me too. I have five of their albums.



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