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  • Audio CD (April 6 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B0001JXPFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Modern Man
2. Turn on the Light
3. Get Off
4. Blenderhead
5. Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking
6. Anesthesia
7. Flat Earth Society
8. Faith Alone
9. Entropy
10. Against the Grain
11. Operation Rescue
12. God Song
13. 21st Century (Digital Boy)
14. Misery and Famine
15. Unacceptable
16. Quality or Quantity
17. Walk Away


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Bad Religion,buy All Ages.Then buy Against the
Grain.
With this fantastic album,BR showed that punk as a genre is equal to any other kind of music,and that it allows experiment beyond three chords-fast singing-social commentary formula.BR put an amazing amount of creativity in Against the Grain,and with every song they moved beyond the borders of the genre,expanding and enritching it.Musically,the album is superb.There's usual drum-beating and fast rythm guitar in the background,but every rythm-section chord is followed by wonderful and virtuosic lead guitar.If it's fast and aggresive,or deeper and slower,depends on song's character,but it's always highly melodic and full of harmony.The same is with Greg Graffin's vocals:very melodic,true is that he's got one of the best vocals ever.And I think that you all know the quality of Greg and Brett's lyrics:every song includes the social commentary,but it has universal meaning,it tells an epic story of our lives themselves.At first,you might think that it lacks emotions,but,if you listen to the lyrics more carefully,you will find out that it's not so.
Now I'll get to the songs.The opening track,Modern Man,is one of BR's most famous.It starts in BR's usual style,fast and vicious,with one of the Greg's best vocal performances.By the end,it becomes an epic song thanks to great chorus.One of the best songs of the album.Next song,Turn on the Light,has very bizzare,but great lyrics.Music structure is a lot like Modern Man,epic chorus is there again,yet it's more darker and heavier.Wonderful song.Get off is good,amazing vocals,but it has a little weaker lyrics,they are not very memorable.But overall grade of the song is:it holds up very well.
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By A Customer on March 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the very best Bad Religion albums - I'd put it just above Suffer and just below No Control. It's the point at which Bad Religion started aim for slower, more emotional music. And that's not a bad thing.
1. Modern Man 10/10 - great lyrics, great tune and a great song to start with.
2. Turn of the Light 9/10 - this is one of the more emotional songs on this album, but not on the scale of some of their later work.
3. Get Off 9/10 - great rhythm, great song.
4. Blenderhead 9/10 - one of the best songs on the album, but it ends suddenly which sounds a bit wierd.
5. The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking 6/10 - Jay Bentley's attempt at writing a song. This has the best title and possibly the best lyrics of any BR song, but the wierd change of key at the end completely lets the song down.
6. Anesthesia 10/10 - one of my all time favourites. Bad Religion prove that they can write a decent emotional song without sounding like No Substance.
7. Flat Earth Society 10/10 - I love this song! Great chorus!
8. Faith Alone 8/10 - for some reason I could never really get to love this song as much as the others. It's still pretty good though.
9. Entropy 10/10 - great tune, great lyrics, great song.
10. Against the Grain 10/10 - one of Bad Religion's masterpieces, and a worthy song to name the album after.
11. Operation Rescue 9/10 - good song.
12. God Song 10/10 - begins with words from an ancient hymn, except that 'England' is now 'America'. Great guitar as well.
13. 21st Century (Digital Boy) 10/10 - my favourite BR song of all time. The original is a lot better than the 'remaking' of it on 'Stranger than Fiction'.
14. Misery and Famine 10/10 - amazing lyrics.
15. Unacceptable 7/10 - average BR song (which still means that it's better than 99% of music nowadays).
16. Quality or Quantity 9/10 - good song.
17. Walk Away 9/10 - good song to end with.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of the reasons I ended up going to college for philosophy. Take that as you will.
If you are looking for an introduction to Bad religion you could do no better. If you are looking for an intro to punk in general, be warned- this will spoil you. It's just too good.
This is the album that got me into punk, the one that showed me what the medium could do, how thoughtful and acerbic it could be. Behold- This one is a band-launcher. Such thematic diversity and rhythmic variety, propulsive and tight, such ferocity...
I don't care much for BR's work post- Stranger Than Fiction (though Process was a nice surprise), but thanks to this and Suffer they can do no wrong in my eyes.
Modern man, Entropy (the only song I bet to ever mention Ludwig Boltzmann), faith Alone, walk Away, Misery and Famine, 21st Century Digital Boy, the sweet-arena rock drums that close out Anesthesia... There are NO Sleeper tracks.
PS I learned more vocab by sitting around reading BR's lyric sheets with a dictionary than I ever did in any English or SAT-prep class. So adventurous home-schoolers take-note!!!! The opening lyrics of 'Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking,' for example...
"Let's gather 'round the carcass of the old deflated beast,
we've seen it through its accolades and rested in its lea
syntactic is our elegance, incisive our disease,
the swaths endogenous of ourselves will be our quandary..."
si jadis me souviens...
PS thank you, Josh Locker, for turning me on to this, all those years ago... If you're out there...
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