11 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the seminal punk rock trilogy of Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain, 1992’s Generator opened a new chapter for Bad Religion. The essential components—bouncy hardcore riffs and Greg Graffin’s distinctly sonorous croon—were still there, but there were new elements that felt more like '90s alt-rock than '80s punk rock. The title track incorporates speed metal's halting rhythms and Fugazi's clanging atonal guitars. Yet the tune-laden chorus makes the song one of the band’s most melodic and vulnerable, and one of its best. The album's song structures are longer, but on the whole the set is more concise, forcing the band to fit more ideas into single works. The investment in vocal harmonies and structural arrangements is apparent on “Too Much to Ask,” “No Direction," and “Atomic Garden.” Graffin remained the group’s mouthpiece, but Generator was strengthened by the guitar work of Brett Hetson and the shattering rhythms of new drummer Bobby Schayer. “The Answer” was a perfect statement for a group that never stopped asking questions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the seminal punk rock trilogy of Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain, 1992’s Generator opened a new chapter for Bad Religion. The essential components—bouncy hardcore riffs and Greg Graffin’s distinctly sonorous croon—were still there, but there were new elements that felt more like '90s alt-rock than '80s punk rock. The title track incorporates speed metal's halting rhythms and Fugazi's clanging atonal guitars. Yet the tune-laden chorus makes the song one of the band’s most melodic and vulnerable, and one of its best. The album's song structures are longer, but on the whole the set is more concise, forcing the band to fit more ideas into single works. The investment in vocal harmonies and structural arrangements is apparent on “Too Much to Ask,” “No Direction," and “Atomic Garden.” Graffin remained the group’s mouthpiece, but Generator was strengthened by the guitar work of Brett Hetson and the shattering rhythms of new drummer Bobby Schayer. “The Answer” was a perfect statement for a group that never stopped asking questions.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
Some Guy That Is Old Now ,

Are you kidding me?

Generator is a great album and you need to buy it!!!! I cannot believe that there are only two reviews of this album. As a 36 year old who sold his cassette copy of this album at a garage sale, I kick myself in the head and I am so happy to have it again. I took my friend to the hospital for stitches after seeing Bad Religion in Portland in 1993. These guys are one of the great foundations of punk! Again, a great album!!!

AlEx ThE GrEaT 16 ,

Bad Religion...Is Aweosme

How can someone hate this band? It's impossible. How do people say they got worse over time? Major bs. I discovered Bad Religion when I was 12, I'm 18 now and I still love 'em unlike some other bands. This is one of their best. Download it.

061693 ,

Incredible album

Just pure genious. This album is a must hear for everyone. The world would be a better place if everyone just gave this album at least 1 listen. Easily one of my all time favorites.

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