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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The only actual album released with original vocalist Smalley up front until Four on the Floor years later, Can I Say in ways helps mark a turning point between hardcore's straight-ahead origins and a more accessible -- but just enough -- approach that would eventually prime punk's breakthrough in the mid-'90s. Baker's roots in Minor Threat are clear throughout, but at the same time the production, assisted by Ian MacKaye, is actually stronger and crisper than much of that band's work. Call it time or better facilities, but Dag Nasty rocks in a full, smack-out-of-the-speakers way with unbridled energy. Smalley, meanwhile, has a vocal delivery halfway between strident ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The only actual album released with original vocalist Smalley up front until Four on the Floor years later, Can I Say in ways helps mark a turning point between hardcore's straight-ahead origins and a more accessible -- but just enough -- approach that would eventually prime punk's breakthrough in the mid-'90s. Baker's roots in Minor Threat are clear throughout, but at the same time the production, assisted by Ian MacKaye, is actually stronger and crisper than much of that band's work. Call it time or better facilities, but Dag Nasty rocks in a full, smack-out-of-the-speakers way with unbridled energy. Smalley, meanwhile, has a vocal delivery halfway between strident pronouncement and anguished reflection -- it's not emo in the original sense of the term or alternately, the late '90s watering down of same, but it's a careful balance just the same. He's not per se a great vocalist, but he does make a commanding frontman, while his lyrics grapple with personal politics in a winning, thoughtful way. The sentiments may not be original, but he phrases them well, never losing sight of the fact that he's singing them and not reciting modern poetry or the like. When the band as a whole just cranks the amps and runs straight ahead with the usual crunch, things are energetic enough without being distinguished. But when Baker tries for something more honestly anthemic, the rhythm section follows along well, while Smalley matches the rise perfectly. Check out "Circles," which starts normally enough before shifting into more affecting musical gears a minute in, or the fine "Never Go Back." There's some good if rough call-and-response vocals on "What Now?," the rhythm section in general does the needed job throughout the album, and in the end it all succeeds pretty damn well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • Label: Dischord
  • UPC: 718751791923
  • Catalog Number: 19

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Values Here (2:23)
  2. 2 One to Two (2:15)
  3. 3 Circles (2:46)
  4. 4 Thin Line (2:30)
  5. 5 Justification (2:51)
  6. 6 What Now? (2:16)
  7. 7 I've Heard (1:43)
  8. 8 Under Your Influence (2:36)
  9. 9 Can I Say (1:59)
  10. 10 Never Go Back (2:52)
  11. 11 Another Wrong (2:19)
  12. 12 My Dog's a Cat (2:18)
  13. 13 I've Heard (2:19)
  14. 14 Another Wrong (2:22)
  15. 15 Trying (2:09)
  16. 16 Justification (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dag Nasty Primary Artist
Brian Baker Guitar
Roger Marbury Bass
Colin Sears Drums
Dave Smalley Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Nelson Graphic Design
Don Zientara Engineer
Ian MacKaye Engineer
Jason Farrell Graphic Design, Annotation
Dave McDuff Liner Notes
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