... I cannot see why any bad religion fan can discount the 'No Substance' album, unless they happen to be the type who thinks Bad Religion is the end-all-be-all and smell the resentment of this very behavior that permeates the album. Similarly, the No Substance tracks are attacked for this reason. The only problem I have with the album 'Punk Rock Songs' is the inclusion of Digital Boy, as after hearing the song some 40+ thousand times, and having way too many people tell me, "Bad Religion? Don't they do that 'digital boy' song?" Yeah, really, that's enough to make anyone sick of a song. To continue my point from above, Gray Race, an album attacking a homogenization of the human race, bothers some people with it's harsh interpretation of a possibly bleak future. New America, while it may not have been the strongest of Bad Religion albums, is still a great album, though it did tarnish slightly in the light of No Substance before it, at least for those who understand what the album is really saying... While Brett Gurewitz is a great musician, his songs tend to have a more poppy, superficial feel (see Digital Boy, Stranger than Fiction, Walk Away, Atomic Garden, to name a few) against Graffin's more emotional, sometimes deeper songs, i.e. A Walk, Infected, Cease, and The Answer. If you want to contrast the two writing styles once and for all, listen to I want to conquer the world, versus Fsck Armageddon... This is Hell. Two very similar songs with two very different writing styles. I'm not saying that Mr. Brett's style is any worse than Greg's, but there are differences that divide the populous of Bad Religion fans into three distinct groups.
The hardcore old-school pro-graffins*, the new-school just-found-bad-religion pro-gurewitz's, and the ones that straddle the line.
* - This isn't to say that all of the older bad religion fans prefer graffin over gurewitz, and vice versa, but this is my personal experience, and there are many exceptions.