Wild Flag - Wild Flag
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  • Summary: The indie supergroup, featuring Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, releases its debut power pop album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Sep 9, 2011
    100
    That sense of teetering on the ledge of chaos, of mayhem fighting melody for control, makes Wild Flag a debut for the ages.
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    83
    Considering the personnel involved, it's no surprise Wild Flag works as well as it does, or that it picks up in a familiar place. It's just nice when a super-group actually lives up to the title.
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    For all the ideological intent fuelling the Wild Flag mission, the band rarely sacrifices the rock'n'roll fun-- they no doubt deliver that elusive black-and-blue, but it's a hit that feels like a kiss.
  4. Sep 11, 2011
    80
    The meeting point for the songwriting is in structures that are pushier than Helium's and less knotty than Sleater-Kinney's - in other words, closer to the garage and to Patti Smith's kind of punk.
  5. 80
    Supergroup or not, Wild Flag hits all the right notes, and not much else matters.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    With the right proportion of leadership and lawlessness, Wild Flag sounds like liberation. Long may they wave. [#81 p. 52]
  7. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    New wave influences are also apparent, specifically when the vocals channel Lene Lovich or Ric Ocasek. These vocal quirks don't always work, and a couple of songs don't hold up to the album's best, but this is a fun introduction nevertheless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    10
    Uhh Uhh Ohh Ohh !!! That's for the all girls band out there creating some claps claps and Ou Hoo with some approximative guitar riffs and some punk mixed drumming for our OMG pleasures sure WTF!!! Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    I've been a follower of Mary Timony since her beginning, also Sleater-Kinney from their beginning. I know Mary and Carrie have worked together before, but I was real excited to find out Janet Weiss was going to be in there also. She's the best female drummer...hands down. I flipped out when I found out this CD was coming out and I wasn't disappointed. I clapped and yelled "bravo" aloud when it finished playing on my iPod. The only reason I gave it a "9" is so they will keep on pushing to new heights. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    8
    Loved SK, also really liked Helium and some of Marys solo efforts. Loud, rocking, drums sound amazing. Everybody shines in their own way. A mix of punk and classic rock stylings w/a blend of Carrie and Marys vocals. Music is uniquely WILD FLAG, yet the familarity of Carrie and Marys singing may harken past projects by default. Expand
  4. Feb 11, 2012
    8
    This is like 1979 all over again.... in quite a good way. These chicks seem to think guitars and anger are something new and they pretty much make it sound like it is. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2012
    8
    Hey, this album rocks. The girls are full of talent and energy and it comes off really great. Just wish the album ran a bit longer. I hope that they are enthused and inspired enough to do it again real soon! Expand

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