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Against The Grain Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (April 6 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B0001JXPFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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1. Modern Man
2. Turn on the Light
3. Get Off
4. Blenderhead
5. Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking
6. Anesthesia
7. Flat Earth Society
8. Faith Alone
9. Entropy
10. Against the Grain
11. Operation Rescue
12. God Song
13. 21st Century (Digital Boy)
14. Misery and Famine
15. Unacceptable
16. Quality or Quantity
17. Walk Away

Product Description

Limited yellow vinyl LP pressing of this 1990 album from the SoCal Punk band. Against The Grain is considered by many to be the band's greatest album, and it contains many songs that are constantly cited as the band's best, including "Faith Alone", "21st Century (Digital Boy)", "Anesthesia", "Walk Away", "Against the Grain", "God Song" and "Modern Man".

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If you're new to Bad Religion,buy All Ages.Then buy Against the
With this fantastic album,BR showed that punk as a genre is equal to any other kind of music,and that it allows experiment beyond three chords-fast singing-social commentary formula.BR put an amazing amount of creativity in Against the Grain,and with every song they moved beyond the borders of the genre,expanding and enritching it.Musically,the album is superb.There's usual drum-beating and fast rythm guitar in the background,but every rythm-section chord is followed by wonderful and virtuosic lead guitar.If it's fast and aggresive,or deeper and slower,depends on song's character,but it's always highly melodic and full of harmony.The same is with Greg Graffin's vocals:very melodic,true is that he's got one of the best vocals ever.And I think that you all know the quality of Greg and Brett's lyrics:every song includes the social commentary,but it has universal meaning,it tells an epic story of our lives themselves.At first,you might think that it lacks emotions,but,if you listen to the lyrics more carefully,you will find out that it's not so.
Now I'll get to the songs.The opening track,Modern Man,is one of BR's most famous.It starts in BR's usual style,fast and vicious,with one of the Greg's best vocal performances.By the end,it becomes an epic song thanks to great chorus.One of the best songs of the album.Next song,Turn on the Light,has very bizzare,but great lyrics.Music structure is a lot like Modern Man,epic chorus is there again,yet it's more darker and heavier.Wonderful song.Get off is good,amazing vocals,but it has a little weaker lyrics,they are not very memorable.But overall grade of the song is:it holds up very well.
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Okay, I agree with the guy that said this changed his life. I'll never forget 1991 when I heard this. My friend had just picked it up and my dad and I were giving him a ride home. We put it in the tape player and I was so floored! I had never heard music so energetic and intelligent in my life. This truly is the best album that has ever been recorded. Think that is crazy? Listen to it. The lyrics are so good, so real, so well-written that you literally will have to listen to them again and again to totally soak up all of the intertwining concepts that greg is talking about. He is a master at making connections and putting things into a fresh perspective. It's really like poetry. I remember when I heard it I was going to the dictionary every once in awhile to see what certain words meant (entropy,pogram,etc.). And the music to accompany such lyrics is just amazing. There could not be a better sound than on this album. The speed and the poppiness all lend a hand to the aggression and the sincerity. It is such a well-rounded record! Have I made it clear to you that I love this album? Even the artwork on the cover kicks ...! It is a timeless album that you can listen to over and over and still find new. Thanks BR!
P.S. I have over 500 CDs now, and this is still the best album I own.
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This completes my BR studio album collection, and it seems I've unintentionally saved the best for last. The usual quota of 4-6 good songs per album seems to have been ditched, because these are all at least good, and several make me salivate heavily.
And, while still a loyal BR fan, I admit that the last two albums have been a disappointment. "The Gray Race" and "No Substance" have their highlights, but they seem to lack a certain energy (not necessarily just reflected in speed) and only feature a fraction of the hooks of earlier albums. The most logical explanation is the loss of the Mr. Brett half of the songwriting team. Between Greg Graffin and himself, they seemed to be able to come up with a solid album per year. Left to his own devices lately, Greg does a competent but unspectacular job.
Check out the following tracks for the tightest harmonies, catchiest hooks and cleverest lyrics BR have to offer -- "Modern Man," "Turn On the Light," "Anesthesia," "Blenderhead," "The Flat Earth Society," "Entropy," "21st Century Digital Boy," and especially the title track. Hummmm, dawggy! Check out who wrote what tracks, and you'll see that Mr. Brett's influence seems indispensible. Yet, he's since been dispensed with.
This is their masterpiece, in my opinion, and the most musically appealing punk record I've ever heard.
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This is one of the very best Bad Religion albums - I'd put it just above Suffer and just below No Control. It's the point at which Bad Religion started aim for slower, more emotional music. And that's not a bad thing.
1. Modern Man 10/10 - great lyrics, great tune and a great song to start with.
2. Turn of the Light 9/10 - this is one of the more emotional songs on this album, but not on the scale of some of their later work.
3. Get Off 9/10 - great rhythm, great song.
4. Blenderhead 9/10 - one of the best songs on the album, but it ends suddenly which sounds a bit wierd.
5. The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking 6/10 - Jay Bentley's attempt at writing a song. This has the best title and possibly the best lyrics of any BR song, but the wierd change of key at the end completely lets the song down.
6. Anesthesia 10/10 - one of my all time favourites. Bad Religion prove that they can write a decent emotional song without sounding like No Substance.
7. Flat Earth Society 10/10 - I love this song! Great chorus!
8. Faith Alone 8/10 - for some reason I could never really get to love this song as much as the others. It's still pretty good though.
9. Entropy 10/10 - great tune, great lyrics, great song.
10. Against the Grain 10/10 - one of Bad Religion's masterpieces, and a worthy song to name the album after.
11. Operation Rescue 9/10 - good song.
12. God Song 10/10 - begins with words from an ancient hymn, except that 'England' is now 'America'. Great guitar as well.
13. 21st Century (Digital Boy) 10/10 - my favourite BR song of all time. The original is a lot better than the 'remaking' of it on 'Stranger than Fiction'.
14. Misery and Famine 10/10 - amazing lyrics.
15. Unacceptable 7/10 - average BR song (which still means that it's better than 99% of music nowadays).
16. Quality or Quantity 9/10 - good song.
17. Walk Away 9/10 - good song to end with.
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