New America CD (2000)

Artist: Bad Religion

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For the unrelenting and demonstrably vital crew of Bad Religion, the story of "The New America" is about more than a distant point on our country's horizon. It is about a creative journey into the heart of their own punk rock origins and thought-provoking purpose. The group's fifth label release, The New America was recorded on the Hawaiian island of Kauai with the famed Todd Rundgren in the producer's chair. For the group's singer and songwriter, Greg Graffin Rundgren's participation on the recording effectively brought him together with one of his musical heroes and life-long influences. With the maverick rock star and one of the underground's true originals in the role of project mentor, Graffin rose to new heights of creativity, performance, passion, and perspective. In the process of moving forward to carve out one of the band's most dynamically alluring, energized, and communicative albums of their now 20 year-long career, Graffin reunited with former guitarist and one of Bad Religion's founding members Brett Gurewitz, to write the driving, soaring "Believe It".


Label Wea/atlantic
SKU 60405330
UPC 075678330322
UPC 14 00075678330322
Format CD
Release Date 5/9/2000
Author Bad Religion
Compilation Appearance Clerks (ost)
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance Take Action Vol 11
Compilation Appearance Songs Of Tony Sly:tribute
Associated Artist/Work Emil Bulls
Technical Info
Producer Todd Rundgren
CatalogID 83303
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 05/09/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 40m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678330322
Album Notes and Credits
Bad Religion: Greg Gaffin (vocals); Brian Baker, Greg Hetson, Jay Bentley, Bobby Schayer.
Recorded at Victor's Barn, Kauai, Hawaii.
Personnel: Greg Graffin (vocals); Brett Gurewitz (guitar); Bobby Schayer (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Boucher; Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Victor's Barn, Kauai HI.
Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Greg Hetson; Jay Bentley; Brian Baker.
Best described as thinking man's punk rock, the 20-year veteran of a style at times diluted by weak imitation returns with its first studio release since 1998's NO SUBSTANCE. THE NEW AMERICA triumphantly reunites Bad Religion with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz, and if that isn't enough to capture the attention of long-time fans, rock icon Todd Rundgren lends his much sought-after producing talents for these sessions.
Vocalist and principal writer Greg Graffin's trademark layered harmonies are an integral part of what places Bad Religion far above lesser punk acts, and here they dominate songs such as "1,000 Memories," "The Hopeless Housewife," and "A Streetkid Named Desire." Bad Religion is no stranger to social commentary on technology and its effect on society, and "I Love My Computer" combines these sensibilities with melodic hooks and modem sound effects. The band's gift for writing thought-provoking, affecting music puts A NEW AMERICA in a class of its own.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (7/00, p.87) - 4 out of 5 - "...Amazing...All of [their] trademark tricks are here....[But] the difference here is [in] Todd Rundgren's production...the sound, the delivery, the sheer overwhelming volume of it all..."
CMJ (6/00, p.52) - "...Serves up a few more big helpings of chicken-soup-for-the-punk-rock-soul subtle as soft money and as adult-contemporary slick, in punk terms, as anything Dianne Warren or Richard Marx ever penned."
Disc 1
1 You've Got A Chance
2 It's A Long Way To The Promise Land
3 World Without Melody, A
4 New America
5 1000 Memories
6 Streetkid Named Desire, A
7 Whisper In Time
8 Believe It
9 I Love My Computer
10 Hopeless Housewife, The
11 There Will Be A Way
12 Let It Burn
13 Don't Sell Me Short
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