Flex was Lene Lovich's 1979 second album with an unusual album cover photo of Lovich that was taken inside a stainless steel fermentation tank at a Guinness brewery, after it had been emptied prior to cleaning. Flex is best listened to as a companion piece to her stunning debut album, Stateless. A couple of the songs here were actually outtakes from her debut album. The debut was so unique and vibrant that even though Flex was packed with another handful of brilliantly composed songs, it's biggest drawback is that it suffers somewhat from Lovich's own success relegating her to the realms of novelty acts -- at least as far as the mainstream was concerned. The octave-scaling "Bird Song," released some months ahead of the album, should have been a smash, but failed to live up to expectations. Curious. The album still sounds fresh today at the same time conjuring up early 80's new wave.