40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

C'mon get sad: the best of punk rock's moody younger sibling

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Dag Nasty, 'Can I Say' (1986)

15. Dag Nasty, 'Can I Say' (1986)

Dag Nasty jelled around the maturity of two formerly angry young men: ex-DYS vocalist Dave Smalley and former Minor Threat guitarist Brian Baker. Boston transplant Smalley fit right into Washington, D.C.'s budding emo scene, turning out to be far more effective as an introspective singer than he was screaming bloody murder in DYS. And Baker, a childhood guitar prodigy who barely scratched the surface of his abilities in Minor Threat, brought a new canvas of chord shapes that raised the game for all hardcore bands afterward. A.B.

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