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‘Dissent’ Still Packs Punch After 30 Years

October 18, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

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By Brian Harris
  Three decades is a very long time.
 Thirty years, 360 months, 10,950 days, you get the point. It’s a very long time for any band to stay together for that long, let alone a punk rock band.
 Though numerous changes to both their lineup and their label, Bad Religion has been at the forefront of a movement that’s been challenging the status quo since ’77.
  Their newest full-length, “The Dissent Of Man,” is release number 15 for them and they’ve shown that while they have gotten older, the message of questioning what society as a whole holds dear as well as the biting, intellectual lyrics, the double harmonies and the locomotive-like pace they set at every show hasn’t dulled one bit.
  On this album, you can see just how well Bad Religion’s songwriting has matured.
 The band has tweaked its sounds to give the album as a whole more of a Bruce Springsteen/Tom Petty feel on a couple of the songs like “Cyanide” and “I Won’t Say Anything.” Longtime fans of Bad Religion shouldn’t be discouraged at all because guitarists Brett Guerwitz, Brian Baker and Greg Hetson, along with bassist Jay Bentley and drummer Brooks Wackerman have taken the Americana sounds and deftly slid it right into the galloping stampede that is the signature Bad Religion sound.
 Also apparent on “Dissent” is just how well-versed lead singer Greg Graffin, who happens to  also be a professor of evolutionary biology at UCLA in his spare time, is. On songs like “The Resist Stance”, “Won’t Somebody” and “Meeting Of The Minds”, Graffin implores the listener to think outside the boundaries that things like religion and society place on you.
  For example on the song  “Only Rain”, Graffin openly asks for something new to believe in, “Hey scientist, please save us from our rainy days, Because your counterpart in the magic art is manufacturing judgment day.
  There's a fell wind blowing out of the east, bringing famine, drought and plague. Well now, at least that's what they say.”
For Bad Religion fans who are looking for “Suffer” 2.0, they’ll be disappointed.
  What people who pick up “The Dissent Of Man” will get is yet another solid showing from punk rock’s elder statesmen.
  The other thing that “The Dissent Of Man” shows that just because every song’s not a minute and a half- long, doesn’t mean that the message doesn’t lose any punch. ****
 

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