13 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Brains came blazing out of Washington, D.C., as a rare commodity: a hardcore punk band with serious chops that could also rock a strong reggae dub. In a nearly 100% Caucasian genre, Bad Brains also brought a Rastafarian viewpoint. The group's career has been rocky, and tales of singer H.R.'s unpredictable behavior are now legendary. But when these veterans settle in and make music, watch out. Like most '80s hardcore bands, the Brains have slowed down a few steps. But the title track still has plenty of rage and chops, as do "Popcorn" and "Yes I," for starters. "Suck Sess" sounds as if it could've been pulled off an earlier release, while electronically enhanced reggae tunes like "Jah Love" and "Rub a Dub Love" add that special soulful dimension. The album closes with "MCA Dub," a tribute to The Beastie Boys' late Adam Yauch, an early fan who also produced their 2007 album Build a Nation. The band dedicated the album to Yauch as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Brains came blazing out of Washington, D.C., as a rare commodity: a hardcore punk band with serious chops that could also rock a strong reggae dub. In a nearly 100% Caucasian genre, Bad Brains also brought a Rastafarian viewpoint. The group's career has been rocky, and tales of singer H.R.'s unpredictable behavior are now legendary. But when these veterans settle in and make music, watch out. Like most '80s hardcore bands, the Brains have slowed down a few steps. But the title track still has plenty of rage and chops, as do "Popcorn" and "Yes I," for starters. "Suck Sess" sounds as if it could've been pulled off an earlier release, while electronically enhanced reggae tunes like "Jah Love" and "Rub a Dub Love" add that special soulful dimension. The album closes with "MCA Dub," a tribute to The Beastie Boys' late Adam Yauch, an early fan who also produced their 2007 album Build a Nation. The band dedicated the album to Yauch as well.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
39 Ratings
39 Ratings
slaytoven ,

Still a fan...

I'm a life long fan of this band, and I love them unconditionally. I buy anything they put out and never miss them on tour.
Here's my review after 2 listens to this album:

The music sounds great; it's got all of the elements that always made their music awesome and unique. Great riffs, cool breaks, quirky little changes, that signature bass growl, etc.

The vocals almost sound like an afterthought… they're honestly a bit distracting at times.
I kind of wish these guys would just make an awesome instrumental jazz metal album. It'd be so killer. The band's still got it for sure.

I love Bad Brains and I wish them success in whatever they do. I'll gladly pitch in my $10 to keep them on tour instead of working at a grocery store (Dr Know) or driving a truck (Earl). These guys should be playing music and nothing else… it's really too bad that HR sort of derailed that for them. They could have taken over the world...

Novembers Fire 75 ,

Bad Brains = Hardcore GODS

This band can do no wrong in my eyes. Bad Brains are one of the top most important bands in the hardcore punk genre. This album sounds similar to 2007's Build A Nation, but I think it is much better overall. I am thrilled with this release. Buy it now!

humble ark jahboo ,

BOOM!!!

They're back!

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