What The...

  • Record Label: SST
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2013
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
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  1. 70
    Reyes who sounds even better than he did on Jealous Again, his voice deeper, richer, and stronger but still with that manic surfer edge. But, he seems to constantly be trying to squeeze into these songs.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    50
    This music seems clumsy and half-hearted, and Ginn's interplay with new drummer Gregory Amoore feels sluggish and leaden at every turn.
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    49
    Too many songs here feel like aggregations of quirky, tossed-off riffs.
  4. Dec 3, 2013
    42
    Demons used to be what drove Black Flag toward hitherto extremes of punk-rock brinksmanship, and there are glimpses of that savagery on What The.... Mostly, though, it’s a footnote to a legacy that never needed one.
  5. Dec 13, 2013
    40
    While not quite as cack as recent efforts by Bad Brains or DYS, it still defies belief that this should ever see the light of day.
  6. Dec 3, 2013
    40
    It's a puny representation of a big sound made all the more unlistenable by the nuisance of the vocal lines.
  7. 40
    It’s often only functional, crucially low on thrills; the riffs, over barely changing, stock-punk rhythm patterns, have no breathing space.
  8. Dec 2, 2013
    40
    By its second track, “Down in the Dirt,” this album has already sunk into undifferentiated aural mud, with 19 more doses of thin drums, buried vocals, and shredding guitar to come.
  9. 40
    With its squeaky clean sonic finish and diluted edge, it’s a record that screams musical midlife crisis. If you were worried that a new Black Flag record would sully the band’s sterling legend, your concerns are sadly validated.
  10. Kerrang!
    Jan 8, 2014
    20
    This is more Beige Flag--and would have been more aptly titled Why... [30 Nov 2013, p.54]
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    8
    I think this is pretty cool,although i don't quite get why all those mags gave negative score.I like it anyway.Keep working Black Flag!HopeI think this is pretty cool,although i don't quite get why all those mags gave negative score.I like it anyway.Keep working Black Flag!Hope you can make a better one. Full Review »
  2. May 21, 2014
    7
    I don't really get why so much people hate What The... Of course the cover is weird as f*ck, but there's great songs on this album like ''MyI don't really get why so much people hate What The... Of course the cover is weird as f*ck, but there's great songs on this album like ''My Heart's Pumping'', ''Down in the Dirt'', and ''Shut Up'' for example. Full Review »