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.