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No Control Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 6 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B0001JXPES
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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1. Change of Ideas
2. Big Bang
3. No Control
4. Sometimes I Feel Like
5. Automatic Man
6. I Want to Conquer the World
7. Sanity
8. Henchman
9. It Must Look Pretty Appealing
10. You
11. Progress
12. I Want Something More
13. Anxiety
14. Billy
15. World Won't Stop

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BR have done very little wrong and damn near everything right, especially in the late 80's when they were at the height of their powers. No Control is an interesting release- it shows the band switching up styles a bit... it was put out between their best straight forward no frills punk album: Suffer (1988)- one of the best of its kind- and their explosive, experimental, incendiary, thematically-rich, dictionary-bursting masterpiece: Against the Grain (1990)- one of the best albums period. Of any genre or group. If you disagree fine, you're certainly entitled to be moron.
On No Control you can sense the growing pains. Personally, I don't think it holds a candle to the album it followed OR the album it preceded... Still, on this one you can hear the band become supreme punk badasses, veering into alien territory. Greg and Brett are starting to adopt their own unique lyrical tacts, and the band is exploring different rhythms and shifts in sonic texture. It's far better produced than any of their preceding albums. Lyrically it's closer to Suffer, musically it edges into the blazing speed attack that burned so bright on against the grain and dimmed on subsequent releases (Generator, Stranger than Fiction, Recipe for hate...)
While I dig Suffer's brazen rawness more than this and Against the Grains tightly constrained yet explosive fury more than this- without No Control everything that came later might not have come to pass. So I am thankful for it. had it not been for Bad religion, all of the crappy bands I played in would have been even crappier... If you can imagine...
Pick it up. It's better than anything you'll hear on your local alternative rock (whatever that means these days) station.
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Anyone reading these reviews has probably got the message by now: when out of 40-something reviews the only real negative comments are obvious jokes, you must start to ask yourself why you do not already own this album.

What I find most amazing about this release is that I just NEVER seem to get tired of it. Frequently I'll get to the end of the cd and start thinking about what I want to hear next, and then realise that I really want to hear No Control again. and again. and again... This album has regularly been in my cd player ever since I got turned on to this band 5 years ago. The short song and album length means that, unlike followers in the "pop-punk" idiom who find a nice chorus or harmony and then repeat it over and over in the one song, so that by the end you're quite content to leave it there and go on to the next one, the songs on No Control are short, to-the-point statements, both lyrically and musically, with no needless repetition of the hooks or themes. This is why it's so compulsive - Bad Religion have mastered the art of giving the listener just enough to make him keep coming back for more. Moments like the end of Anxiety - where the chorus comes in "Have more than the other guy.." - or the superbly ironic lyrics of I Want to Conquer the World - "I want to conquer the world; expose the culprits and feed them to the children" - are things I will never tire of. The balance this band strikes between articulate intelligence and enthusiastic optimism makes this a really positive piece of music to have in your life. Very highly recommended.
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RAD RAD RAD album...definitely one of my favorite Bad Religion albums, up there with "Generator". It's short, sweet, and to the point: that Bad Religion is the best band ever!
1. Change of Ideas - Great song to open with, it sums up the whole mood of the album. Awesome harmony.
2. Big Bang - Easily one of the best songs on the album: the quintessence of old school, fast-paced, purely intense punk!
3. No Control - Cool double vocals and one of those catchy songs that always gets stuck in your head. Good song to name the album after. Greg's harmonizing is great in this song!
4. Sometimes I Feel Like - Sick idea, great song. CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THESE GUYS!! Greg's voice is whiny but smooth at the same time, a nice combination.
5. Automatic Man - Pretty rad guitar. I always like it when bands incorporate group singing into songs, it adds a nice effect.
6. I Want To Conquer the World - DEFINITELY the best song on the CD. Wonderful melody, guitar riffs, and lyrics!! It's a pretty funny song, and when I think of BR, this song always comes to mind. It's one of their best.
7. Sanity - Not my favorite, but nothing Bad Religion does is ever "bad". It's just a little boring, not one of their good slow songs. They sound better fast.
8. Henchman - Intense, a really good song. It's really fast and has the signature Greg Graffin harmonizing.
9. It must Look Pretty Appealing - Nothing really stands out, but a great song nonetheless.
10. You - Funny song, Greg gets badass and swears! It's one of my favorites on the CD...great melody! It's got one of those great prolonged endings.
11. Progress - RAD song! It's got awesome rhythm and gets right to the point. No extra long riffs or pauses.
12. I Want Something More - Short and perfect!
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I had heard "Suffer" a couple years prior to recently hearing "No Control," thinking the former was probably untoppable as Bad Religion's best. I was dead wrong. Just one year after releasing "Suffer," Bad Religion truly outdid themselves with this effort. "No Control" has all the speedy playing, focused aggression, and thought-provoking lyrics of "Suffer." Yet due to better, thicker production and songs that seem to be just an inch more confrontational, I believe "No Control" is the better album, serving as easily the last great punk album of the 80s. What makes the lyrics on the album so great is that they can be interpreted in many different ways. Yet many can agree that Bad Religion are certainly making a statement with this album about their thoughts on the ways of the world and the things they wish they could change about it. The opening track, "Change of Ideas" is a call to arms, which seems to speak of the massive changes in thinking that must be made to improve our world. After this brilliant introduction, Bad Religion force the listener to explore the different reasons of why just such changes are needed. "Big Bang" drops like a bomb and plays at an unbelievably intense tempo, while "No Control" seems to speak frankly of how much difference there is in the world between the control people think they have and actually have over their lives. Yet the undeniable highlight of the whole album is "I Want to Conquer the World," which seems to mock people who think the world would be so much better if it were in their hands alone. There are many other great themes explored as well: "Progress" (is it really such a good thing?), "Anxiety" (absurd competitions between mankind), and "Billy" (heroin addiction). The next time you are not only angry at yourself, but all the ridiculous problems in our world, "No Control" is the album to throw on.
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