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Dag Nasty
Minority Of One
Revelation Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Minority Of One is a comeback album. It features all the original members of Dag Nasty, ten years after their prime. The last recording that came out from these stately D.C. rockers was a decade ago on Epitaph in the form an EP called "Four On the Floor."

Since 1992 all of the guys in Dag Nasty have been busy playing and touring with all of their other bands, most notably Brian Baker with Bad Religion. And knowing that I can't help but think that Dag Nasty has turned into a parody of Bad Religion with a different singer. The music is essentially the same as Bad Religion, the only difference being Dave Smalley who sings much differently now than he has on the past Dag Nasty albums. It seems that Smalley's playing and singing in Down By Law has rubbed off a little on Minority Of One.

Many of Dag Nasty's long time fans are going to be disappointed with this album because of the huge different in the songwriting that has come about from a decade away from from the band. Dag Nasty no longer sounds like Dag Nasty, like I said before, they sound like the end of an equation adding Down By Law plus Bad Religion and Dag Nasty. I guess that Minority Of One is what happens when you get a band back together to record after ten years. You can't expect people to stay the same over the years and you can't expect a band to put out the same record each time. All and all, I think they years have made it obvious that there will never be a true return of Dag Nasty, at least not in their peak form.

If you are a diehard fan of Dag Nasty, then you should probably check this out. But this should come with fair warning that it is nothing like the Dag Nasty you used to love. This is Dag Nasty heavily influenced by their current projects. Don't say I didn't warn you...

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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