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Bas religion are an American punk rock band that have been going for a number of years now, and this was their 5th studio album from them entitled against the grain.
It came out nearly 20 years ago now, in 1990 however the recording quality is still great, and the tracks still fantastic.
Bad religion have a kind of slow singing style to them, whilst having really fast beat songs, its kind of strange and you might have to give them a listen to see what I mean.
The only disadvantage to them is that a lot of their songs do sound similar, and they have done so many songs in the past its hard to remember some from others, but there was certain ones on this album I enjoyed the most.
"Turn On The Light"
"Positive Aspect Of Negative Thinking"
"Flat Earth Society"
"Against The Grain"
"21st Century Digital Boy"
"Misery And Famine"
"Quality Or Quantity"
My favourite song off the album must be 21st century digital boy, it starts with a great guitar tune, and I really like how it starts, but then it changes a bit and gets even better as it goes along. The guitar and drums all the way through this song are fantastic and the chorus is very catchy.
Walk away is another great song, it seems a bit different from their usual style and that's why I like it. Its still very fast, but his singing sounds a little different and the lyrics are fantastic as well as the background singing which is also really nice to hear on this track.
There aren't a lot of tracks on this album that will really blow you away, but there are a few really good ones, and the rest are pretty good too. In fact the whole album is pretty well crafted containing pretty reasonable songs to listen too. The only bad thing is that a lot of the songs are quite short, however this is a little compensated for as we do get 17 of them.
'Against the Grain' is the fifth studio album from Bad Religion, a seventeen track album which clocks in at 34 minutes and 27 seconds in length. This is I feel one of the best albums that Bad Religion has ever released as a band; the album originally came out in 1990 through Epitaph Records and is one of my personal favourite punk rock albums of all time. When comparing this album to the bands previous release 'No Control' it must be noted that the pace has slowed a little here; 'No Control' is an album that consists of 15 fast and furious punk rock anthems whereas with this album the band became a little more relaxed, showing a lighter side and more mellow approach to music.
In terms of personal favourites from this album I'd have to say that 'Operation Rescue', '21st Century (Digital Boy)', and closing track 'Walk Away' are the ones that appeal to me most from this album; all three of these are absolutely exceptional offerings of punk rock and with these tracks the bands sound comes through strongest I feel. 'God Song' is another excellent track from this album, with this one the band parodies William Blake's short poem 'And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time' to great effect; the music is excellent and once more the band shows off its exquisitely fine talent for making remarkable short length punk rock anthems here.
With the track 'Operation Rescue' the band actually collaborates with former Black Flag/Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris; his presence is excellent on this track and he really helps to add energy and depth to the vocal aspect of the music. There's something about 'Operation Rescue' that makes it stand out when you listen to this album, it's probably in no small part down to the vocal inclusion of Keith Morris and every time I listen to this album 'Operation Rescue' is one that I have to repeat several times before moving on to listen to the rest of the album.
I'm a massive fan of this 'Against the Grain' album from Bad Religion, it's an incredible release from the band and this album and 'No Control' do I feel contain the vast majority of the bands finest work. '21st Century (Digital Boy)' is a definite must hear track from this album, if you love your punk rock then you just won't be able to get enough of this one. The more mellow approach that the band took here is definitely one that worked out well for Bad Religion; as much as I love the 'No Control' release where the band shows a faster and more frantic side, I also love this album from the band where the music was made a little less furious. This is definitely an album to own in your collection, this and 'No Control' are absolute must own albums in the Bad Religion back-catalogue and anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre of punk rock should definitely seek to purchase these two releases from Bad Religion.
Eighties punks Bad Religion entered the nineties with a fairly safe but still classic album in their original style, taking a step down from its predecessor 'No Control' in terms of intensity, speed and heaviness, which is a slight disappointment only because the previous album worked so well (and remains my favourite in the discography). 'Against the Grain' may not feature as many memorable songs, but the style continues to develop from their genre-defining 'Suffer,' incorporating further melodic elements and harmonies while also oddly seeming divided into several distinct sections that I'm probably just imagining.
Some of the songs in the first third of the album are disappointingly short, as if the band was attempting to regain the raw power of its primitive early recordings but failing somewhat, and in songs like 'The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking,' which ends up being less than a minute long, this only proves to be annoying, as it just seemed to be heading somewhere interesting before grinding to an unsatisfying halt. From the next song onwards, the album takes a more melodic and accessible approach, culminating in the mellow, bass-led title track, and although the emphasis is still on crafting simple and enjoyable punk songs without the experimentation of subsequent releases, Brett Gurewitz still offers some fun guitar solos such as that in 'Faith Alone,' and the lyrics retain their customary social stance. Bad Religion's music can be appreciated even if you're not interested in the politics, but I did find the song 'Entropy' to be rather distractingly laboured in its mixture of metaphor with not-metaphor scientific statements, something that also comes into play with the slightly daft 'Unacceptable' that hammers home the "one part per million" message.
The final section of the album is the most interesting of all, and contains the highest concentration of memorable material as well as a regained harder edge not really heard in the earlier songs. '21st Century (Digital Boy)' is one of the band's most well-known songs, albeit more for its re-release a few years later on the 'Stranger Than Fiction' album, and with its cool lyrics, infectious chorus and solid riff it's one of the definitive Bad Religion tracks, while nicely quoting King Crimson. The finale 'Walk Away,' while nowhere near as energetic, is a comparatively mellow finale that works perfectly for its purpose. This was the last great album of Bad Religion's classic period, and although secondary to the previous two releases it still deserves to be viewed as one of the defining punk rock releases of the nineties.
1. Modern Man
2. Turn on the Light
3. Get Off
5. The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking
7. Flat Earth Society
8. Faith Alone
10. Against the Grain
11. Operation Rescue
12. God Song
13. 21st Century (Digital Boy)
14. Misery and Famine
16. Quality or Quantity
17. Walk Away
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Modern Man
2 Turn on the Light
3 Get Off
5 The Positive Aspect Of Negative Thinking
7 Flat Earth Society
8 Faith Alone
10 Against the Grain
11 Operation Rescue
12 God Song
13 21st Century (Digital Boy)
14 Misery And Famine
16 Quality Or Quantity
17 Walk Away