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Into the Unknown - Bad Religion

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Artist: Bad Religion / Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Release Year: 1983

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      18.04.2009 10:03
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      a very poor bad religion, but thank god they realised this.

      This album was the second album from bad religion, I think they must have had a lot of people commenting on their style of the first album, which must have been what made them change there style completely into a kind of pop rock mainly playing around with different keyboard settings.

      Well, this album didn't work at all, most of the tracks are just hideous and sound like the theme tunes to corny 80's disco films. It just didn't seem like bad religions style at all, and I think most people could see that.

      At the time, the band lost a lot of fans and probably gained only a few from this change in style.
      I think they must have listened to their fans or critics after having this flop though as they never released another album in this style again, quickly changing back to their previous style, and the bad religion style we know and love today.

      1. It's Only Over When
      2. Chasing the Wild Goose
      3. Billy Gnosis
      4. Time and Disregard
      5. The Dichotomy
      6. Million Days
      7. Losing Generation
      8. You Give Up

      To be honest I don't even want to mention any of these songs, they were all pretty bad in their own way.
      If I had to listen to one again, it would probably be losing generation, it might have been a good song if they had cut out the crappy keyboards and just concentrated on trying to make a good song.

      This album was total rubbish, don't even think about buying it if you're a fan of bad religion, however I'm just certainly glad they realised they had let a lot of their fans down and went back to playing and writing good music.

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        08.02.2008 13:13
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        Bad Religion's second album (1983).

        Talk about a bizarre miss-step. Bad Religion's second album deviates entirely from the punk rock sound they were just beginning to perfect on its predecessor, trading in fast guitars and political angst for slow and steady keyboard-driven pop rock that sounded badly dated even in 1983. The album is hard to find today for good reason, having never been re-released with the other early Bad Religion albums as the band itself considers it a source of embarrassment, their official stance being that fans can put in the effort to track it down if they want to, but they'd be better off without. These songs do not form a core part of the band's live set today.

        'Into the Unknown' is a laughable and embarrassing affair, but unfortunately one that stops being funny after a few minutes, when the overwhelming cheesiness of the first song gives way to more regular, unremarkable but inoffensive successors that make half an hour seem particularly long-winded. It's a shame the band ignored their punk sound at this crucial point, between the two albums that defined their early sound and proved so enormously influential on the Californian punk scene, as the sound quality is a huge improvement over the cheap early releases, and Brett Gurewitz gets a lot more time for guitar solos.

        Shiny keyboards reign supreme in 'It's Only Over When...', sounding like a really bad TV advert theme or a particularly obscure celebrity's work-out video, and the generally upbeat, mellow style remains in the less synthesised songs that follow, some of which (such as the appropriately titled 'Time and Disregard' that's way overlong) being led by acoustic guitar. The similar 'Million Days' is a little better, at its best sounding like a rubbish REM, while 'Losing Generation' is an unconvincing return of the band's political themes buried in the same sort of cheesiness as effected the first track, rather than following the bland narratives and characters of the rest of the album.

        'Into the Unknown' is easily the worst Bad Religion album, as although some of their nineties work was distinctly half-hearted and below-par, it at least didn't opt to follow a really stupid direction to alienate fans and cause a blind spot in the discography. In this instance, experimentation and a fresh approach prove far worse than sticking to what you know, and it seems the whole thing was largely down to the band's own internal disagreements; the following year's release 'Back to the Known' can reasonably be seen as a deliberate rejection of this dodgy career move.

        1. It's Only Over When...
        2. Chasing the Wild Goose
        3. Billy Gnosis
        4. Time and Disregard
        5. The Dichotomy
        6. Million Days
        7. Losing Generation
        8. ...You Give Up

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