Anti-Flag - New Kind Of Army
In 1999 Anti-Flag put out their sophomore release on A-F records titled A New Kind of Army. The album maintains the political lyrics that Anti-Flag is known for. The album is limited musically and fits more into the punk genre than any of their albums do. Though Anti-Flag could never be classified anything other than punk, this album deviates the least in musical substance from the genre which Anti-Flag started doing with their later releases.
A New Kind of Army is the typical fast-paced punk album. It starts at breakneck speeds and persists all the way up until the last two songs. The second to last song "The Consumer Song" being an acoustic out-cry against consumerism in general and the last track "This is Not a Crass Song" being what seems like an obscure practice session.
For those intensely into the punk scene, this is a great album to have. Anti-Flag's progression from album to album is definitely apparent but the only thing that changes is the quality of production with each label change. The lyrics are always political, especially in A New Kind of Army. Any punk fan should pick up this album for a classic look at political punk but I wouldn't suggest this album for the everyday music listener.
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