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The Dissent of Man is the fifteenth Bad Religion album. The Southern California punk rock band formed in 1979 and has reordered their lineup quite a few times over the years. At the onset, they were one band among many, but by the late ‘80s, it was becoming apparent that their melodic and sincere punk-rock styling was likely to outlast their competition. The Dissent of Man is everything that made the band’s reputation. “The Day That the Earth Stalled” and “Only Rain” are tight, powerful songs that fulfill the needs of any guitar-rock fan’s cravings. Even their ballads, “Won’t Somebody” and “Turn Your Back On Me,” have more speed and power than many group’s more upbeat works. The trick is in the harmonies and their insistence on sticking with what gave them their greatest success. Their natural abilities are not tied down to punk’s rigid code, but are aligned with what makes great pop music. The Deluxe Version is a real  treat. The live cuts “Best For You,” “How Much is Enough?,” and “Generator,” prove what a great live band they are as well.

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I'm as big a BR fan as you'll find. I was lucky enough to catch one of their recent anniversary shows at House of Blues and they blew me away. It was the best show I'd seen them put on in 20 years.

But none of that can forgive the sloppy insignificance of "Dissent of Man."

This album is simply forgettable. From the awkward opening to the underwhelming finish, Dissent lacks urgency, meaning and polish in much the same way "The New America" did.

Perhaps the problem is Obama's election; things simply aren't bad enough to really inspire the best political and social commentators in the punk scene. (Or BR isn't looking hard enough at how screwed up things are despite Obama's election.)

Greg Graffin's vocals have always been a complimentary instrument, every bit as vital to the band's sound as buzzsaw guitars, machine gun drums and the famed oohs and ahs, but on Dissent the lyrics are strained and forced into a square hole. On several songs words are just crammed on top of chords in slap-shod fashion. It's as if the album was written by disinterested penpals exchanging bits and pieces of a rough idea from across the sea.

BR is better than this. If you're a fan, sure, buy Dissent, but don't expect it to be a worthy successor to New Maps of Hell. If you're unfamiliar with BR, you'd be wise to pick up any number of other albums - Suffer, Against the Grain, No Control, Recipe for Hate, Stranger than Fiction, Process of Belief, All Ages (comp), Tested (comp), etc.

Bad religion boner

Like a fine wine.

Still got it

All I have to say is that is you love BR, then pick this up!!


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all of the Southern Californian hardcore punk bands of the early '80s, Bad Religion stayed around the longest. For over a decade, they retained their underground credibility without turning out a series of indistinguishable records that all sound the same. Instead, the band refined its attack, adding inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, and hard rock along the way, as well as a considerable dose of melody. Between their 1982 debut and their first major-label record, 1993's Recipe for Hate,...
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