Total Recall is Negative Approach's complete discography -- essential '80s hardcore with an impact that will always feel extreme. Minor Threat and Bad Brains traveled similar loud/fast ground, but NA were a direct line to pure hate and anger. The band never sounds cartoonish, just stripped-down and mean, a sound that could have only come from Detroit. "Can't Tell No One," "Nothing," and just about every other studio track are hardcore anthems waiting to be discovered by the next confused kid who cannot stand a repressive world. The only lacking material on Total Recall comes from the live shows that round out the release. This is due to poor sound quality that makes them barely listenable, though the Stooges and Blitz covers are of historical note. The songs culled from the Touch and Go seven inch, the Process of Elimination compilation, and the Tied Down twelve inch however, are a powerful enough document to make Negative Approach matter well beyond the times that produced them.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Kantor