Some yime ago I was lucky enough to see the Ramones play on their Adios Amigos Tour. It was in this set that I realized, temporarily at least, that punk rock is ageless. A fifty year old Joey Ramone, with all the fury and fire he brought to CBGBs on day one, shook listeners and provided proof that punk lives in the soul.
Then good old Greg Graffin ruined it all.
..... And the continuous downward spiral which began on the Generator album proceeds as planned. Anyone who possibly compares the musical integrity and song writing of the newer Bad Religion albums to the days of Suffer and No Control should be banished to Green Day Hell where they will have to endure endless concerts, one after the next after the next, of horrible bubblegum punk rock, the ranks of which Bad Religion has invaded. Lest we forget, the mighty and proud Greg Graffin et. al. (dragging along an old member of the legendary Minor Threat) OPENED for Blink 182 on a not-so-distant touring stint.
I cannot put into words how bad this album really is, and the only solace I can muster is to realie that no one expected it to be any good. This is a new Bad Religion, one evolved, not unlike their 21st century digital boy, from a classic and now takes its place along side the meaninglessness and malaise brought about by cheese-ball lyrics and pop-rock musicianship.
....... though I've heard they're a huge hit on alterna-radio! ugh. give me a break. As a fan of BR when they were a true punk band the only advice I can give is to buy Suffer and No Control, listen to them as they are two milestone albums and leave the new Bad Religion to the Don Henley fans who are looking for something a little different.