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Bad Relgion - Still on form.
"Do you remember when, we were young, adventure had no end?" is what the album starts with before the music kicks in and the band blasts into a minute and a half punk anthem. "The Day That The Earth Stalled" shows classic Bad Religion. The band have been around for 30 years now, and have made so many classic albums, you'd need about 3 hands and 8 feet to count them, but as lead singer Greg Graffin hastily add to the opening line, "those were the days my friend, but I'm not talking about that at all."
The next song, "Only Rain" carries on the old style BR trend with it's amazing riff and great lyrical imagery. "The Resist Stance" was one of two songs featured on the band's "30 Years Live" album which was released prior to this album. It once again is another great punk anthem. "Won't Somebody" is the second, and was even released as an acoustic bonus track on the band's previous studio release. The new electric version lives up to the country-esque acoustic version, and has a great up tempo feel about it.
"The Devil in Stitches" was the first single from the album and is one of the poppier, less classic punk sounding songs, sure it has a fast drum beat, but it doesn't maintain that punk feel, the chorus however is catchy. Track 6, "Pride and the Pallor" is my personal favourite song on the album and feels like great single material. It's a fast punk song but with the mainstream accessibility that's kept Bad Religion at the top of the punk scene for 30 years now.
"Wrong Way Kids", single number 3, is another of the classic sounding songs, with the trademark "woah-ohs" in the chorus. "Meeting of the Minds" is one of the more different sounding songs on the album with a darker edge to it, "Someone to Believe" is also different, with even a classic rock sound, but still heavily featuring the "oozin' ahs." "Avalon" is next and feels quite like a "nothing" song, breaking the series of great punk songs.
"Cyanide" however, shows the band on form. Released as the second single from the album, it's one of the poppier songs, but it still has a punk feel, great guitar work and a very catchy chorus. "Turn Your Back On Me" starts with a fast beat, then turns sort've mid tempo, with quite a gigantic chorus. The next track, "Ad Hominem," (latin, meaning "to the man) is where the band really shines, and the chorus is one of the best I've heard in ages. "Where the Fun Is" is the penultimate punk track, leading in to the "slow", fantastic "I Won't Say Anything." The lyrics are spectacular, as they have been throughout the album, and Greg needs more praise for his obvious talent. It rounds out a solid punk album in a great way. Bad Religion ARE still on form.
"Pride and the Pallor"
"I Won't Say Anything"