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LOOSE NUT LP
01. Loose Nut
02. Bastard In Love
03. Annihilate This Week
04. Best One Yet
05. Modern Man
06. This Is Good
07. I'm The One
09. Now She's Black
Label: SST Records
Cat #: SST 035
My turn to do a BLACK FLAG review already? Uh-oh. OK, Side one has a couple of tunes that grab me, full of power and with a full sound. The rest of the slower numbers, and most all of Side two, leave me cold. I think it's go something to do with the thinness and cleanness of the sound, making me focus in on the jazzy aspects and lyrics, which don't do much for me. Seems like those memorable, catchy, sing-along noise days are history, except for pale imitations like "Modern Man" or "Best One Yet."
-Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #25, May/June 1985)
This is the best Black Flag LP to come out since the whole barrage of new material that followed My War. This album mixes the old Nervous Breakdown styles with metalish power. "Loose Nut," "Best One Yet," and "Now She's Black" are my favorites. The only sign of that slow, plodding sound so prevalent on side 2 of My War is "Sinking," yet it remains at a speed that keeps it interesting. I'm glad they finally decided to give a lyric sheet with this album because having to send SST $1.00 for a lyric sheet was bullshit!
-Ron Philips (from Task #2, June 1985)
Any band that releases two records in the time it takes us to put out one measly issue of Ink Disease certainly wins my admiration, even if they are Black Flag. With Loose Nut, the party favors are still locked away in cold storage. Life is still a series of frustrations, backed by a repetitive onslaught o drive the message home. It's virtually impossible to listen to a Black Flag release and not be affected somehow. Loose Nut is no exception, but unfortunately I feel the same way as when I eat cold McDonalds' french fries.
-uncredited (from Ink Disease #9, Summer 1985)