Generator was the sixth studio album released by punk band bad religion. It was released in 1992, and I think there was some pressure on them to release a good album as their previous one contained some really good material.
The whole album sees they stick with a fairly similar style as before, there songs are still fast, a lot of them are a lot less up beat than some of their previous ones but there still fast, and still great.
2. Too Much to Ask
3. No Direction
5. Two Babies in the Dark
6. Heaven Is Falling
7. Atomic Garden
9. Fertile Cresent
11. Only Entertainment
The first track off the album, Generator is one of the best. It is just a very well written punk song, simple as that, it just really works. The versus are sung really well and have great instrumentals, the only thing that lets it down is a kind of stopping and starting in-between the versus which I don't think works well but apart from that it's a good bad religion classic.
Haven is falling is another really good song too, it's a bit less upbeat than a lot of the rest, but I guess the title speaks for this in its self. It has a great guitar solo at the end of the first verse which fades out to leave the next verse coming in, it just sounds spot on.
Another fantastic song off the album is Atomic Garden, it was actually the first music video the band made a proper video for as well which I feel I should mention. I think the lyrics to this are the best of the whole album, and the chorus with the rest of the band singing along just sounds really good and works well.
All in all this is another fine album from bad religion, not all of the songs stick in your head but there are some really good tracks on here, and none are really bad so its an all round good punk album.
Bad Religion are a Californian political punk rock band formed in 1980 and fronted by vocalist and owner of Epitaph records, Brett Gurewitz. Generator is their sixth album and it signalled the beginning of their entry to the mainstream music industry of the time. The album consista of 11 tracks and runs at around half an hour in length, although two further tracks have subsequently been added on recent re-releases of the album.
=== The Album ===
[Track 1 - Generator]
The song beats the album into life with its ponding drums and Brett delivers the album's title vocals with a fair bit of melody as far as ounk bands go. The lyrics are quite evocative and do well to conjure up plenty of mental images. I havent heard this album in some time and I'm enjoying going back over this track.
[Track 2 - Too Much To Ask]
This track starts off mellow with a tentative bassline but soon shifts up the gears with typical rapid punky drumming. The track isn't exactly brilliant but it has pleasant harmonies in places and lyrics very typical of the band.
[Track 3 - No Direction]
I barely remember this track upon listening again. The lyrics have brought back the memories though and I'm not sure if it's time or abuse of my brain cells which made me forget. The guitar playing is a nice exhibition of talent and the lyrics dominate the track but not much else is offered. I think I know why I practically forgot this one.
[Track 4 - Tomorrow]
A heavy start to this song with frequent drums and almost metal guitars. The lyrics on this album tend to be what makes the song's half decent as they are structured well with the music and slot into the beat nicely. Once again, decent lyrics which are almost poetic but only a mediocre track.
[Track 5 - Two Babies In The Dark]
A slightly different vibe to this track and some cryptic and emotive lyrics. The guitar tends to eclipse the drumming for a change on this track and the lyrics are delivered a little more thoughtfully, consequently the track is much easier to disect and lyrics easier to take in. Better but not great.
[Track 6 - Heaven Is Falling]
Very punk rock from the outset, especially the drumming and a nice bridge from the guitar inbetween verses. Once again, class lyrics and this is one of the better tracks so far.
[Track 7 - Atomic Garden]
The guitaring is decidedly different to a lot of the other tracks, same can't be said for the drums though. The song talks of a nuclear holocaust if I'm not mistaken and this kind of critical stance is characteristic of most of their lyrics. The song is slightly uninspiring but the lyrics are pensive and intriguing.
[Track 8 - The Answer]
The tempo is slightly reduced in this track and the lyrics are delivered in the style of a story or monologue. The instruments are definitely calmer but still are some way short of acoustic. A decent track but nothing to stand out really.
[Track 9 - Fertile Crescent]
The sog formula on this album is wearing a bit thin at times, becoming a little labourious and uninspiring. taht said, this song is one of the better ones due to its vocal peaks towards the chorus.
[Track 10 - Chimaera]
One again, I'd say the formula is wearing a little thin musically as the tune of the song is fairly reminiscent of the earlier tracks but once again, this track has some of the stronger vocals and better lyrics but it's lacking that certain je ne sais quoi.
[Track 11 - Only Entertainment]
This is where my album comes to a close, and thankfully, this track is laid out differently to many of those that preceeded it. The guitar creates a different vibe to the track and once again, the vocals are the strongest are of the song. A nice hook to this chorus and refreshing change of pace, just a shame it came so late on.
This album is defintely decent, good when compared to its punk competitors but not Bad Religion's best work. I can see why this album drifted away into a relative obscurity within my collection. It was only the title track which caused me to remember it, but unfortunately the first track, 'Generator' is by far the best and only a couple of the other tracks come close. Some of the songs are a little samey to say the least but the vocal style and content provided by Brett gurewitz is enough to give this album a fair amount of credibility.
Not for everyone by any means but still has its good points. I wish ciao did half stars because I'd give this two and a half, but unfortunately from Mr Gurewitz and the band it's only going to get two from me because I think it's current 4-star rating is a little generous.
Thanks for reading, especially if you've never even heard of these guys.
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'Generator' is the sixth studio album from Bad Religion; a thirteen track album which clocks in at 34 minutes and 40 seconds in length. The album was released through Epitaph Records and originally saw its release on March 12th 1992. This is not the best album that Bad Religion has ever released as a band, it's certainly one that is still well worth listening to however and a number of tracks are contained within this release that are really rather impressive. This 'Generator' album sticks firmly to the Bad Religion script; this is a fast and furious display of punk rock, a well constructed release of music and one with which Bad Religion shows itself to be an incredibly capable band of releasing a fine album of punk rock.
Kicking off with title track 'Generator' the album fires into life right from the offset; the sound created here is incredibly energetic and this is I feel one of the finest tracks that the band has ever written. The chorus is proudly sung out by the bands vocalist Greg Graffin; the music is well put across by the band here and this fine opening three minutes of music certainly starts the album in an incredibly strong fashion. 'Generator' is an absolute classic of a punk rock track, every time I hear this one I smile and never do I tire of listening to it.
After the first track of 'Generator' I'd have to say that the rest of this release pales in comparison; the album is by no means bad, after such a strong opening track it's hard for the rest of the album to live up to this level of excellence however and 'Generator' is I feel an album that peaks far too soon. 'No Direction', 'Tomorrow', and 'Heaven Is Falling' also are three further excellent tracks from this album; although these are strong however they still don't reach the incredibly high level of excellence reached with opening track 'Generator'. Don't be put off listening to this album purely because the opening track is the best that the album has to offer; this is still a fine thirteen track construction of music, it's just that the best track has here been placed firmly at the very beginning of the album. It's a shame that the rest of the album is not so strong as the track 'Generator', throughout the rest of the album the band does however continue to churn out a number of excellent punk rock anthems.
Although this album now consists of thirteen tracks, it originally had eleven and it was only in 2004 that a further two tracks were added when the album was completely remastered and re-released by Epitaph Records. The two tracks that were added were those of 'Fertile Crescent', and 'Heaven Is Falling' also. Both of these tracks were taken from a split 7" with Noam Chomsky which originally surfaced in 1991; 'Fertile Crescent' is a track that the album could really have done without, 'Heaven Is Falling' is an excellent track however and one that is well worth its inclusion on this 'Generator' album. 'Heaven Is Falling' provides this 'Generator' album with a fantastic final 2 minutes of music, it's another of my favourite tracks from this album and certainly ends this 'Generator' release in style; before these two tracks were added the album already sounded complete, I do however appreciate the record labels decision to add these further two tracks to the album as 'Heaven Is Falling' at least is one that is well worth listening to.
If you like punk rock music then Bad Religion's 'Generator' album is definitely an album that you should listen to. This is not one of the bands all time best albums, it's still a pretty strong Bad Religion record however and despite the fact that the opening track is the best on the album and it's therefore all downhill from there; the rest of this release still comes complete with a number of excellent punk rock offerings. If you've ever heard and appreciated a Bad Religion track then perhaps consider giving this 'Generator' album a listen; it's not so strong as the bands 'No Control' or 'Against the Grain' albums but still provides for a powerful 34 minutes of music.
Having long since established themselves as the driving force in American punk rock, Bad Religion went through the inevitable experimental phase in the early nineties that was largely successful, or at least never awful. Of the two albums in question, 'Generator' is by far the superior. Although it lacks some of the simple enjoyment of the earlier releases, the songs feel more substantial in terms of length and ideas, and the new style is evident right from the onset as Brett Gurewitz unleashes some hard-edged riffs in the style of 'No Control,' but with more of a blues approach to the solos, more prevalent here than ever before. The increase in volume and intensity comes to a head in the impressive closing jam of 'Atomic Garden,' one of the best songs here but unfortunately also one of the only ones to really stand out as an individual piece.
The main problem with 'Generator' is that it doesn't really sound like a Bad Religion album, with only the distinctive vocals of Greg Graffin anchoring it in the discography. This isn't necessarily a problem, but it does require the band to forsake much of the style they had perfected thus far, and in the end the experimental tendencies don't really stretch beyond a bit of structural messing-around and some interesting guitar riffs in songs like 'Two Babies in the Dark.' At only thirty minutes this seems very short even for a punk album, but there's enough decent material packed in here to permit it to be considered in the same light as some of the other Bad Religion near-classics. It also has the advantage of standing apart in an increasingly samey discography.
2. Too Much to Ask
3. No Direction
5. Two Babies in the Dark
6. Heaven Is Falling
7. Atomic Garden
8. The Answer
9. Fertile Crescent
11. Only Entertainment
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Too Much to Ask
3 No Direction
5 Two Babies in the Dark
6 Heaven Is Falling
7 Atomic Garden
9 Fertile Cresent
11 Only Entertainment