True North CD (2013)

Artist: Bad Religion

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Label Epitaph Records/ADA
SKU 246303986
UPC 045778722822
UPC 14 00045778722822
Format CD
Release Date 1/22/2013
Author Bad Religion
Associated Artist/Work Emil Bulls
Technical Info
Producer Greg Graffin; Joe Barresi; Brett Gurewitz
CatalogID CD 87228
Lable Name Epitaph (USA)
Released 01/22/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 9s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00045778722822
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Greg Graffin (vocals, background vocals); Brett Gurewitz (guitar, background vocals); Greg Hetson, Brian Baker (guitar); Brooks Wackerman (drums); Jay Bentley (background vocals).
Recording information: Joe's House Of Compression.
As a veteran group, it would be easy to go through the motions at this point, but for their 16th album, True North, Bad Religion are still fully inspired and delivering sturdy, memorable, and solidly crafted material. Released on guitarist Brett Gurewitz's Epitaph Records, after more than 250 songs, the founding member clearly knows what works for the band, and he sticks to the formula of uptempo, muscular anthems with chunky guitar parts and contemplative lyrics. Vocalist Greg Graffin continues to question the government, Christianity, and American society at large, sounding expressive, with a little less grit than usual, but tireless. True North shows flashes of their earlier work, and is a step up from their last album, 2010's The Dissent of Man, in terms of aggression. No straight-ahead pop tracks to be found here. Just 16 rapid-paced songs in under 35 minutes. Even after lineup changes, this latest edition of Bad Religion -- Graffin, Gurewitz, guitarists Brian Baker and Greg Hetson, bassist Jay Bentley, and drummer Brooks Wackerman -- operates like a well-oiled machine and plays its classic anti-establishment brand of So-Cal punk effortlessly. So well, in fact, that many of the songs on board hold up against the best material they've written since adding a third guitarist. There are some rare moments of lyrical levity too: for instance, when Graffin defends his usage of "fuck you" by explaining that it's just a Pavlovian response that he can't help and a way to pay homage to your bad attitude. While not exactly Bad Religion's deepest sentiment, it's a great summation of their long, long career as angry yet intellectual punks. ~ Jason Lymangrover
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] rapid-fire bursts of melodic punk with politicised lyrics..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] see no reason to mess with the formula on their 16th album. Which is reassuring."
Disc 1
1 True North
2 Past is Dead
3 Robin Hood In Reverse
4 Land of Endless Greed
5 Fuck You
6 Dharma and the Bomb
7 Hello Cruel World
8 Vanity
9 In Their Hearts is Right
10 Crisis Time
11 Dept. of False Hope
12 Nothing To Dismay
13 Popular Consensus
14 My Head is Full of Ghosts
15 Island, The
16 Changing Tide
Product Attributes
Artist Bad Religion
Label Epitaph Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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