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No Substance


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000062S3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hear It
2. Shades Of Truth
3. All Fantastic Images
4. The Biggest Killer In American History
5. No Substance
6. Raise Your Voice!
7. Sowing The Seeds Of Utopia
8. The Hippy Killers
9. The State Of The End Of The Millennium Address
10. The Voracious March Of Godliness
11. Mediocre Minds
12. Victims Of The Revolution
13. Strange Denial
14. At The Mercy Of Imbeciles
15. The Same Person
16. In So Many Ways

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Punk ain't dumb. Not with a creative lineage that includes everything from the Clash to Nirvana. Bad Religion has been part of that history since 1980. Whatever they lack in instrumental virtuosity is made up for here in singer Greg Graffin's urgent two-minute manifestos on society and world politics. As on other Bad Religion releases in the '90s, No Substance preaches militant social consciousness to the punk masses, imploring the youth to "raise your voice!" There was more variety in Bad Religion's sound when guitarist Brett Gurewitz was still in the band, but the band has taken their relatively simple musical formula to a sophisticated level here, crafting tight, intelligent nuggets of punk. --Steve Appleford

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
I have been a bad religion fan for quite some time now, and this cd really rocks the socks. I bought it for only 10.99, and I have listened to it all the time. It's constantly in my cd player, because it just rocks. I will review every song on the cd.
1. Hear It (10/10) Great way to start the album, fast paced and catchy.
2. Shades of Truth (10/10) The strongest effort of the album, the lyrics are second to none and the song is one of the most radio friendly BR songs I have ever heard.
3. All Fantastic Images (10/10) A song about England, it's the second best on the album after "Shades of Truth".
4. Biggest Killer in American History (10/10) A song about the man behind the nuclear bomb, Edward Teller.
5. No Substance (10/10) The title track is another great one, but the song list after this tends to get weaker.
6. Raise Your Voice (6/10) A song that could be played at a boy scouts camp... AWESOME TUNE!!!
7. Sowing the Seeds of Utopia (7/10)
8. Hippy Killers (9/10)
9. State of the End of the Millennium Address (8/10) A newer version of "Neighbors" off of HOW COULD HELL BE ANY WORSE?, it's good but not original..
10. Voracious March of Godliness (10/10)
11. Mediocre Minds (9/10)
12. Victims of the Revolution (10/10)
13. Strange Denial (10/10)
14. At the Mercy of Imbeciles (7/10)
15. Same Person (10/10)
16. In So Many Ways (9/10)
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By Daniel J. Hagerman on Oct. 8 2003
Format: Audio CD
i agree with the statement that BR fans are getting worse. BR are, to me, one of the greatest BANDS ever (punk or not) with some of the most provoctive lyrics and some awesome music. they have probably the tightest and best rhythm section ever and if only for the VORACIOUS MARCH OF GODLINESS, this album is killer. VMOG has one of thee most infectious and meloidous chorus (is it choruses?) i ever heard. i can not sit still for that.
HEAR IT is straight ahead punk and brilliant at that, while SHADES OF TRUTH is another infectious incendary song that is classic BR. I think all this talk of melody and harmonies (like on RAISE YOUR VOICE) scare purists punks. do not be so closed minded. evolve with the band. this is a great band and great album.
The band is coming into its own and sounding great. Bad Religion deliver tight, sophisticated, extremely intelligent (grab your dictionary and tell me what VORACIOUS means) consciencess, intense, fast and furious songs that comment on lots of issues about society. there are harmonies and great melodies and it all remains punk. some may disagree but rememeber when punk exploded out of CBGB'S in NY way back when it was the RAMONES along with BLONDIE & the TALKING HEADS. i would never call the HEADS or BLONDIE punk untili learned that whips and chains and a mohawk do not make you punk. its your state of mind and to all the purists out there i say, its time to open your mind and embrace BR for they are one of thee greatest bands ever.
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Format: Audio CD
I feel that this is Bad Religion's most mature album. They are taking on their own identity in the absence of long standing guitarist and song writer Brett Gurewitz. Alot of people do not like this album, I can't understand why, unless you are stuck in 1988. This album unlike it's predecessor THE GRAY RACE isn't just choppy thrown together songs, it is a completely inspired, intelligent piece of art. I feel that it goes up their with GENERATOR and STRANGER THAN FICTION.
1. Hear It (10/10) Great way to start the album, fast paced and catchy.
2. Shades of Truth (10/10) The strongest effort of the album, the lyrics are second to none and the song is one of the most radio friendly BR songs I have ever heard.
3. All Fantastic Images (10/10) A song about England, it's the second best on the album after "Shades of Truth".
4. Biggest Killer in American History (10/10) A song about the man behind the nuclear bomb, Edward Teller.
5. No Substance (10/10) The title track is another great one, but the song list after this tends to get weaker.
6. Raise Your Voice (6/10) The weakest track on the album, I can't listen to it too much.
7. Sowing the Seeds of Utopia (7/10)
8. Hippy Killers (9/10)
9. State of the End of the Millennium Address (8/10) A newer version of "Neighbors" off of HOW COULD HELL BE ANY WORSE?, it's good but not original..
10. Voracious March of Godliness (10/10)
11. Mediocre Minds (9/10)
12. Victims of the Revolution (10/10)
13. Strange Denial (10/10)
14. At the Mercy of Imbeciles (7/10)
15. Same Person (10/10)
16. In So Many Ways (9/10)
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Format: Audio CD
One thing that always amazes me about this cd is the amount of anger in different people's utterances when speaking about it. As for me, "No Substance" is the first BR full album I've been to hear and as such it instantly became one of my favorite LPs of all times. Furthermore, equally quick it got me into the world of Bad Religion. Then, only when I got hold on cds like "Suffer", "Against the Grain" or "Recipe for Hate", did I realize the reason for this record being so disliked and overly underrated. It's much different in sound and slightly different in meaning (social issues seem to be stressed more than before). I know that the sound difference was caused by Mr.Brett's leaving the band but in no way can it be claimed primitive or not fitting the lyrics! It is just not the same as on earlier releases but not worse! I'll always hold a sentiment for songs like "The biggest killer in american history", "Hear it", "Shades of truth" or "In so many ways" as they mean much for me and I'm sure they will mean much for anyone who's into this kind of music and hears them just once. Generally, "No Substance" is a differentiated album. It may seem that songs tend to be moderately slow but just listen to "Hear it" or "The same person" which are quite energetic. The lyrics probably don't need any recommendation but... well, they're as usual very meaningful! Apart from that, in "Raise your voice" Greg is assisted by Campino from Die Toten Hosen, which also produced quite an interesting outcome. Finally, to end with... If you, yes >>YOU<<, have been refraining from buying this LP because of those "no mercy for punk traitors" reviews you read, it's time to change it. Go, buy it, and see for yourself, this is the only way, as you all know, like with anything else in life. Only this time you sure won't end up dissapointed.
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