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    2. "Broken Face"

    Album: Surfer Rosa Year: 1988

    "Broken Face" was a sign of things to come. The song rips through it's 90-second runtime without once stopping for breath, a furious tour de force that's either talking about incest or lobotomies, or both. It is the centerpiece of Surfer Rosa, a fourth-track keystone that lets you know the rain isn't going to let up. Black spits what initially sounds like complete nonsense on top of guitars played hard enough to hear the callouses forming, complete with what would quickly become a signature wail haunting the strums underneath. You will indeed be left with no lips or tongue. Where you once had eyes, there will be only space.