- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Touch & Go Records
- ASIN: 5550564556
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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I have to take issue with a previous reviewer's comments on this album. He wrote that NA didn't "get it," that they were too one-dimensional and were just acting out on one aspect of punk/hardcore; the anger and disaffection.
Well, maybe that's how NA ACTUALLY felt. If they did write these songs out of affectation, I certainly don't hear it. The first 11 tracks (their song off of the "Process of Elimination" comp and their self titled 7") in particular are so full of venom and bile, with Brannon's perfectly growled vocals, that I can't believe Negative Approach didn't mean every word they sung at the time they were singing them.
Besides, I think bands like SSD are what made people laugh at hardcore (I love SSD too, by the way). The militantly straight edge bands that emerged in the early 80s probably did far more to alienate people than bands like NA. Yeah, maybe NA's fans were meatheads and skinheads... but, then again, so were a lot of Black Flag's (and Fear's!) fans.
At any rate, all that aside, this album rocks. The "Tied Down" LP isn't that great, but the rest of the tracks more than make up for it. Happy, well-adjusted people may not dig it, but as for angry f**k-ups, well, Negative Approach is IT.
I have seen the name of this band all over the place for years but for some reason I never heard them. None of my friends ever heard them. It was one of those oddities that exist in any punk rock scene. Well thanks to Amazon, I was able to finally track one of their albums down. IT BLEW ME AWAY! These guys are raw power. Songs like "Nothing" and "Can't Tell No One" are pure angst, anger, and hopelessness. This band should have been so much bigger... If they had been from LA they would have been huge!
This CD is sort of broken down into three sections 1) the old classic stuff! 2) the newer stuff and some remakes 3) some VERY raw live recordings. This CD basically includes all their stuff. It's a very good solid purchase! Do it... DO IT!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ok, so this is not much of a review, but i'd say that if you really want to hear the full scope of john brannon's anger and nihilism a better listen is the laughing hyenas --... Read morePublished on August 3, 2007 by W. Gage
good collection of stuff. the live tracks are a bit ropey, but that's how good hardcore should be done ;) best served loud!Published on January 17, 2007 by P. A. Bounds
Other reviewers have asserted that Negative Approach didn't understand hardcore and that their music missed the point entirely. Negative Approach was pure hardcore/punk. Read morePublished on April 10, 2006 by Johnny Depp
I love negative approach. I really do. But if there is one drawback its that i cant listen to them all the time like some ofmy favorite bands like crass,addiction face,and the... Read morePublished on February 9, 2004 by chode
The first half of the cd here really kicks.The added live songs sound"TERRIBLE",very terrible.Thats why I gave this release three,instead of five stars. Read morePublished on July 11, 2002 by NATON
Seriously, I love hardcore. It's probably my favorite form of music, and I refuse to believe Western Civ has produced anything more powerful than Minor Threat's first EP, or SS... Read morePublished on July 5, 2002