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Generator (W/2 Bonus Tracks) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (April 6 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B0001JXP98
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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1. Generator
2. Too Much To Ask
3. No Direction
4. Tomorrow
5. Babies in the Dark
6. Heaven is Falling
7. Atomic Garden
8. The Answer
9. Fertile Crescent
10. Chimaera
11. Only Entertainment
12. Fertile Crescent (Bonus Track)
13. Heaven Is Falling (Bonus Track)

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Format: Audio CD
From the shadowy front cover artwork, to the enigmatic band photos in the liner notes, this album's packaging hints at a dark, grim album. And once the music starts, it certainly delivers on that promise. This is BR's darkest album, with some sobering imagery both in the lyrics and in the music. Sonically, the tempo has been slowed down from previous efforts, but this does nothing to diminish the band's intensity. Rather, Greg Graffin-penned songs like "No Direction" and "Only Entertainment" are among the band's most incisive lyrical statements. In particular, the self-referential line from "No Direction," "no Bad Religion song can make your life complete," has become a testament to the band's sincerity in preaching true individualism. And Brett Gurewitz's writing, which has always leaned more towards storytelling rather than preaching, is at its peak here. Songs like "The Answer," "Two Babies In The Dark," and "Heaven Is Falling" tell powerful fables that draw their genius from their ambiguities. Although some "purist" punk fans may respond badly to the slower tempos, this is actually BR's least melodic album, and the melodies that are present tend to be slower and less incessantly catchy than those on other albums. But this is far from a bad thing. This is a true thinking-man's album, from a band that has always believed that it's better to think than to follow trends mindlessly. The relative sparcity of hummable melodies (though melody is not completely absent by any means) gives the listener time to digest the complex ideas contained on this disc. After this album, BR's releases would grow increasingly catchy and poppy, and though later albums were also good, none of them quite approached the masterful peaks of "Generator."
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Format: Audio CD
After the two gargantuan, fast paced albums "Suffer" and "No Control", Bad Religion released their third album, "Against the Grain". It was just as good, if not better than those 2, but most noticed it was a little slower in pace than those two. After that album came "Generator", arguably their slowest album to date.
However, slower doesn't mean worse, it just means different. While not their best album, it features some of their most infectious and addictive melodies ever through great songs like "Too Much To Ask", "Tomorrow", and "Only Entertainment".
"Generator" - 10/10 - One of the faster songs on the album. Very catchy and definitely one of their best.
"Too Much To Ask" - 10/10 - My personal favorite song by BR. The chorus is fast, very claustrophobic in the deep urgency in Greg's voice as he tries to push off as many lyrics as he can.
"No Direction" - 8/10 - This is where the album begins to slow down. It has a great message about how we follow on society's set path, but eventually we figure out that this beaten path is can't tell you everything and that you have to be your own person, that no one can truly make your thoughts but yourself, not even Bad Religion can do that.
"Tomorrow" - 10/10 - Another rather fast song, very catchy. The guitars are great, the harmony is excellent as well.
"Two Babies in the Dark" - 9/10 - A great slow song. Greg's voice is very soothing and it is quite different from your standard BR song.
"Heaven is Falling" - 9/10 - A well executed song. However, it is just your typical BR song.
"Atomic Garden" - 11/10 - So catchy it hurts. Almost completely drum driven. The guitars in this song are very unique and different from the standard.
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Format: Audio CD
When it comes to Bad Religion albums, everyone has their own idea of what the best album is. Most people tend to like their earliest stuff, and these tend to be those who have been long-time fans from the beginning. Not many at all prefer most of their latest stuff, perhaps mainly because the band was not "whole" at times (I think the band needs both Brett and Greg to achieve their best potential).
This album marked a kind of transition for the band, and falls in between. Although they have always been great lyricists, on this album they tone down the freneticism of their music so that the lyrics can take center stage. And they couldn't have done it at a better time, given that the most poetic lyrics they have ever written appear on this album. Even with this, the music doesn't suffer but takes on a new quality that I actually prefer to their older stuff.
The best song ever written by Bad Religion is on this album, and it is the title track "Generator." This is the most beautiful punk poem ever written about God... and it is an intensely personal account. With all of their screaming in the past about questioning everything and not believing in anything, this song reveals a desire to believe in something... perhaps that there really is a foundation to our existence, although we can't see it directly. As an agnostic philosopher myself, I can relate to every word in these lyrics... whether or not you can convince yourself to believe in anything through reason, there is always the desire and the emotion that is often-times impossible to ignore.
Another great song is "The Answer," perhaps their most honest and straightforward presentation of their attitude and life philosophy. It also closely matches my own thinking.
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