22 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

All Ages spans the first 10 years of Bad Religion’s existence, 1982 to 1992. It was the flagship band of Epitaph, the label founded by guitarist/songwriter Brett Gurewitz. Though this contains one song from Bad Religion's youthful 1982 debut (the brilliant “We’re Only Gonna Die”) and a few live tracks from a 1994 European tour (“Do What You Want” and “F*ck Armageddon…This Is Hell”), the bulk of All Ages is devoted to the group’s masterful trilogy of Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain, which were written, recorded, and toured during a burst of creative energy between 1988 and 1990. The partnership of Gurewitz and singer Greg Graffin was at its peak, with each man pushing the other into bolder and more complex forms of punk lyricism. Bad Religion was well known for having some of punk's most erudite lyrics, but its grad-school philosophy would have been meaningless were it not delivered with the force of “Against the Grain,” “Do What You Want," and “Change of Ideas.” Smart but never nerdy, enraged but never clichéd, this collection commemorates one of the great runs in punk rock history.

EDITORS’ NOTES

All Ages spans the first 10 years of Bad Religion’s existence, 1982 to 1992. It was the flagship band of Epitaph, the label founded by guitarist/songwriter Brett Gurewitz. Though this contains one song from Bad Religion's youthful 1982 debut (the brilliant “We’re Only Gonna Die”) and a few live tracks from a 1994 European tour (“Do What You Want” and “F*ck Armageddon…This Is Hell”), the bulk of All Ages is devoted to the group’s masterful trilogy of Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain, which were written, recorded, and toured during a burst of creative energy between 1988 and 1990. The partnership of Gurewitz and singer Greg Graffin was at its peak, with each man pushing the other into bolder and more complex forms of punk lyricism. Bad Religion was well known for having some of punk's most erudite lyrics, but its grad-school philosophy would have been meaningless were it not delivered with the force of “Against the Grain,” “Do What You Want," and “Change of Ideas.” Smart but never nerdy, enraged but never clichéd, this collection commemorates one of the great runs in punk rock history.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings
SantiSunshine ,

Bad Religion Basics

This has to be one of the best albums I've purchased in a long time. So good, it actually warranted me buying it again, seeing as I lost one copy. This is a great primer for anyone who wants to know what Bad Religion sounds like, because once they returned to Epitaph, it was a lot more of the driving, delightfully verbose punk they became known for.

Donutspal ,

Lyrics are mind blowing

That some of these lyrics are 20 years is an almost frightening insight into the mind of Greg Graffin. The demise of the American empire isn't so uncommon in punk lyrics, but what makes this so amazing is the detail in which he foretells the future of greed and capitalism. I always knew Bad Religion where good, but upon returning to this music I realize just how great they are, and how they managed to articulate in one line of a song what so many of their peers spend albums writing about.

Kamala Dan ,

Landmark Album

All Ages is a landmark album for Bad Religion. It is such a great collection of songs from one of the greatest american punk bands that it remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Every track is exceptional.

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