Abused

Loud and Clear

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The straight-edge phenomenon threw up a slew of workmanlike punk rock bands with plenty of bite but little vision. The Abused typify the genre with the speedy but ultimately unsatisfying songwriting on Loud and Clear, wherein the group slavishly follows the line of least resistance. That's not to say that singer Kevin Crowley's enthusiasm isn't infectious, or to deny the tenacity of Raf Astor's guitar lines. But songs such as "Drug Free Youth," at one time considered influential on the East Coast hardcore scene, lack obvious influence Minor Threat's guile and invention. Originally recorded as a vinyl EP in 1983, Loud and Clear was reissued on CD in 1992 with the inclusion of three tracks by friends Deathwish.

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