At first listen, Graffin's record may seem a world apart from his punk rock roots as singer and founding member of Bad Religion. But the classic American music he pays homage to here forms the backbone of Bad Religion's epic tales of the young and the poor, mired in misery, poverty, and spit. "Cold As The Clay" honors traditional folk music with original rock compositions that draw inspiration from the folk-rock of Gram Parsons and Neil Young. The album was recorded and mixed in seven days, capturing the authentic sound of musicians gathered around a single microphone. The result is a vivid, intimate recording that makes you feel as if you're sitting in a pine-floored cabin, listening in to haunting tales of the hard luck that lives around you.
Wow, the least I can say about this solo project from Bad Religion's frontman is that it is lightyears away from the underground punk rock sound he has got his BR fans use too!!!!
Nevertheless, Greg Graffin came up with a lovely country/folk album. I could hardly suppress the smile/giggles this kind of music normally summons within me... For that, I definatly give him a 4. Mission accomplie!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsvery, very refreshingJuly 11 2006
By Jaime Freitas - Published on Amazon.com
First of all im a big fan of Bad Religion...This is not Bad Religion. This cd is far from what Greg is known for, but it is so well done and fresh it surpasses some of his classic work. The sheer idea of releasing a folk album in this style would seem crazy to some, and i wasnt at first sure it could be pulled off. I was very wrong as this cd has now made it in my collection with VIP treatment. Every song flows well and backing band is an amazing compliment to Gregs well known vocals. Even if your not a fan of folk music check this cd out to see what your missing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent.July 21 2007
By Iconoclast - Published on Amazon.com
Such talent.. A punk Icon such as Greg can lay down wonderful Americana sound w/ punk lyrical content.
I suggest everyone ignore the previous comments by kids who want a Bad religion album.. Well it isn't. Its better. Some of us 42 yr old punks are all growd up now.......
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 starsPretty GoodFeb 21 2007
By Edward D. Sinawa - Published on Amazon.com
I don't see many people outside of the Bad Religion fan base giving this much of a try, which is a shame, but it's a cool record. Don't read so into the song choices, and the what / where/ and why....Buy it and listen to it. It's pretty good! Good job Greg! Hey, I have been listening to punk rock for years and years...You get older and wiser...this is that kind of record. I like it and listen to it a lot.