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Process of Belief
     

The Process of Belief

4.3 10
by Bad Religion
 
Based on only one or two listens to The Process of Belief, one would be tempted to retitle it The Process of Backsliding. It's like a batch of outtakes from their 1988 comeback LP, Suffer, or the amazing juggernauts that followed, No Control and Against the Grain. But successive immersions into the new LP's brute, lashing power and wild honey melodies disarms such

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Based on only one or two listens to The Process of Belief, one would be tempted to retitle it The Process of Backsliding. It's like a batch of outtakes from their 1988 comeback LP, Suffer, or the amazing juggernauts that followed, No Control and Against the Grain. But successive immersions into the new LP's brute, lashing power and wild honey melodies disarms such critical impulses as efficiently as a martial arts master. Regression rarely feels this fresh or this welcome. For anyone who forgot how much had been absent without Brett Gurewitz, The Process of Belief radiates his singular seasoning in technicolor. First, with him back in the fold, Greg Graffin need only compose seven ace songs instead of 14 like the previous three LPs. A higher quality control results, as well as the rediscovered compliment of Gurewitz's searing tunes with Graffin's pop hooks. One also notes the lustrous sound of Gurewitz's backing vocals, once again meshed with Graffin's in the kind of familiar near-perfection that has signaled the best harmony teams: a sound so pleasing and comfortable it drives the chorus melodies and the "ooohs and ahhhs" much deeper, like a stake into the heart. Third is the more clearly-pointed edge of the band's attack, clearly captured by Gurewitz's bursting production. And once one gets used to the late-'80s feel and chalks it up to a pardonable retrench, there isn't a bad moment in The Process' 37 minutes. No sooner does one "supersonic" hook subside than another -- like the frantic, frenetic, kinetic "Prove It" -- relieves it. The old dog didn't need any new tricks, it just needed to race like a real greyhound again. The Process of Belief earns its hopeful title, and it's a short process towards complete and utter conviction.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Tom Moon
...the best of [their songs] compress provocative ideas about self-esteem, fate and personal responsibility into brash, blistering, exceedingly tuneful polemics..."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
Label:
Epitaph / Ada
UPC:
0045778663521
catalogNumber:
86635
Rank:
39568

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The Process of Belief 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I have enjoyed every Bad Religion album to date, though with reservation in the instances of ''No Substance'' and ''The New America;'' I've been waiting for the powerhouse Bad Religion album to follow the unreal ''Stranger Than Fiction,'' and this one may be a contender. ''Supersonic'' has the vintage speed and hooks to put it with the very best Bad Religion songs around. The most welcome aspect of this album is its overall speed-- but when it slows down, its to good purpose-- see ''Broken'' and ''The Defense.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was pretty fair. it had a few songs that stuck in my head, such as epiphany and kyoto now, but other than that it wasnt anything special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
22 yrs of punk. and they still rock. not falling short of great, these guys exploded once again. greg still has a great voice and the tracks are very melodic and almost ''catchy''
Guest More than 1 year ago
well.. perhaps not Jake and Elwood... Pencil in Greg and Brett.. and yes, they got the band back together! Its really good to hear a solid album come out of Bad Religion, especially after youve been waiting since 1996... With the not-so-great releases of No Substance and The New America, i too was wary of picking up this bad religion album. But i was itching to listen to some new music, so i decided to go against my better judgement and bought it. Im glad I did... from Supersonic.. to the slow but catchy Broken.. (wow.. a bad religion song with acoustic songs that i DO like!) This isn't the White album or some kind of world-changing album, but a very very very good album.. i Definitely Recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most Bad Religion fans I anticipate every new Bad Religion release with a bit of trepidation. I know that the band that released three of the best punk records ever, Suffer, No Control, and Against The Grain, has got to have another good album in them. However, after a string of ho-hum albums, and the horrendous ¿The Gray Race,¿ and Greg Graffin¿s atrocious solo effort. I had good reason to expect another mediocre effort from Bad Religion. I had heard all of the talk about them being on Epitaph and being reunited with Brett Gurewitz, but I wasn¿t convinced. After a few listens, I realized that I was dead wrong. This album is incredible. The CD opens with the blistering ¿Supersonic,¿ which is reminiscent of No Control era Bad Religion. From that point on, fans will be treated to 14 incredible songs. Several of the songs sound like they could have been recorded in the late 80s ¿ early 90s when Bad Religion was in its prime. The classic Bad Religion sound is particularly evident in ¿Supersonic,¿ ¿Prove It,¿ ¿Destined for Nothing,¿ and ¿The Lie.¿ The guys slow it down a bit for tracks like ¿Broken,¿ ¿Sorrow,¿ and ¿Epiphany,¿ all of which are great tunes with catchy lyrics. They aslo provide a seamless transition between some of the faster tracks. However, two of the best tracks on the CD are ¿Can¿t Stop It¿ and ¿Evangeline,'' which are more aggressive than any Bad Religion songs I have ever heard. So for those of you who have been waiting since ¿Generator¿ for a great Bad Religion CD, here it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just want to respond to that guy that said The gray race was ''horrendus''. What the hell are you talkin about? Some of my fav BR songs are on that record. A Walk, Punk Rock Song, The Gray Race, Victory, Drunk Sincerity, Spirit shine.....the list goes on. Every song on that album is great (except maybe 10 in 2010). I put it right up there with Process of Belief. Great albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far bad religion best album yet. Returning to their punk rock roots and recruiting former member mr.brett are some of the fine ingredients used in making this great cd. It's starts off with the amazing sonic punk rock song ''supersonic'', which lays it on the table that they are that damn good
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