n the Beginning, which features Harley on bass and vocals, definitively answers questions that have lingered since the early ‘80s. First, Flanagan is uniquely talented. Just as he crafted the huge, ominous rumbling on the seminal Age of Quarrel with his smashing bass, he does again here. Really, Flanagan’s bass is one of the most distinctive sounds in punk- he propels the thing with a gritty speed, but, unlike so many of his contemporaries and followers, he leaves space and ambiguity in his playing so that when he actually does charge forward, it hits like a ton of bricks. That is to say, those who felt their blood run hot when Quarrel opened with its colossal clashing will feel it again here- a lot. Flanagan hasn’t lost any of his magic, and if anything, he seems rejuvenated.