Against the Grain

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The third in a flurry of releases that followed Bad Religion's 1988 reunion, Against the Grain found the band's edge honed sharper than it had been in years. Epitaph's 2004 remaster respects this. Increased clarity between mouthpiece Greg Graffin, guitarists Brett Gurewitz and Greg Hetson, and the rhythm section of Jay Bentley and Pete Finestone increases the inherent melodic tension and amplifies Graffin's righteous lyrical anger. "My path renewed/Against the grain/That's where I'll stay" -- for many, Graffin's resolve over Grain's martial pace was a restatement of purpose, a refueling of belief in the punk and hardcore ethos as a new decade dawned. "21st Century Digital...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The third in a flurry of releases that followed Bad Religion's 1988 reunion, Against the Grain found the band's edge honed sharper than it had been in years. Epitaph's 2004 remaster respects this. Increased clarity between mouthpiece Greg Graffin, guitarists Brett Gurewitz and Greg Hetson, and the rhythm section of Jay Bentley and Pete Finestone increases the inherent melodic tension and amplifies Graffin's righteous lyrical anger. "My path renewed/Against the grain/That's where I'll stay" -- for many, Graffin's resolve over Grain's martial pace was a restatement of purpose, a refueling of belief in the punk and hardcore ethos as a new decade dawned. "21st Century Digital Boy" was a throaty, gritty, gang-vocal anthem that name-checked No Control and bitterly dismantled middle-class complacency in the technology era. One of Graffin/Gurewitz's pet themes, it also guided cuts like the rapid-fire opener, "Modern Man" "I'm a cyborg just like you", and the acerbic anti-greed rant "Quality or Quantity." Bad Religion had always warned against the excesses of the future and the assimilation of individuality. But the gospel cut deeper with Against the Grain. Songs began in an instant, with the single crack of a snare drum signaling the beginning of another screed. The guitars came in, twining between fiery leads and urgent, sometimes hyper chording -- the album seemed like a signal fire to the lost tribes of hardcore. Its best moment might be "Turn On the Light." As a thick, trademark Bad Religion melody rips in the background, Graffin spits out lyrics that define ideology with literate pacing, even as they ignite the genre's base emotions. "I'll construct a rack of tempered beams and trusses and equip it with a million tiny suns," Graffin sings. ."..and I'll burn like a Roman f*cking candle."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778670321
  • Catalog Number: 86703
  • Sales rank: 34,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Modern Man (1:58)
  2. 2 Turn on the Light (1:24)
  3. 3 Get Off (1:43)
  4. 4 Blenderhead (1:12)
  5. 5 The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking (0:57)
  6. 6 Anesthesia (3:04)
  7. 7 Flat Earth Society (2:23)
  8. 8 Faith Alone (3:40)
  9. 9 Entropy (2:24)
  10. 10 Against the Grain (2:09)
  11. 11 Operation Rescue (2:08)
  12. 12 God Song (1:38)
  13. 13 21st Century (Digital Boy) (2:50)
  14. 14 Misery and Famine (2:35)
  15. 15 Unacceptable (1:44)
  16. 16 Quality or Quantity (1:34)
  17. 17 Walk Away (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bad Religion Primary Artist
Jay Bentley Bass, Rhythm Bass, Group Member
Brett Gurewitz Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Horn
Pete Finestone Percussion, Rhythm Percussion, Group Member
Greg Graffin Harmonica, Vocals, Voices, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Greg Hetson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Keith Morris Background Vocals
Mister Brett Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Horn, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bad Religion Producer
Jay Bentley Sound Effects
Brett Gurewitz Sound Effects
Greg Graffin Sound Effects
Legendary Starbolt Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Joy Aoki Artwork, Art Direction, Illustrations
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