After the tinny sound quality of the band's debut, the second Bad Brains album came as a real blast of sonic fresh air. Producer Ric Ocasek is largely responsible, but the increased tightness and focus are also a function of maturation. This band was a weird bundle of contradictions from day one: black Rastafarian instrumental virtuosos playing hardcore punk, formerly the exclusive domain of white, aggressively atheist musical amateurs. That last contradiction would come to full musical flower on I Against I, but Rock for Light shows the band at the height of its punk energy. "P.M.A.," "Joshua's Song," and "Coptic Times" are typical examples of Bad Brains' unique blend of punk velocity and Rasta ideology. When they suddenly swing into mellow reggae (on "I and I Survive," "The Meek," "Rally 'Round Jah Throne," and the dubwise instrumental "Jam"), the effect is like some kind of pleasant musical whiplash. The 1990 CD reissue of this album was remixed by Ocasek and bassist Darryl Jenifer, and it includes several bonus tracks.
Performance CreditsBad Brains Primary Artist
Darryl Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Earl Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Know Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBad Brains Composer
Grateful Dead Composer
Ric Ocasek Producer
Delroy Hines Composer
Earl Hudson Composer
Phil Hudson Composer
Darryl Jenifer Composer
Winston Rodney Composer
Ian Taylor Engineer
Walter Turbitt Engineer
Rupert Willington Composer
G. W. Miller Composer
Paul Hudson Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think Rock for Light is the best combination of Bad Brains' catchy tunes and tight musicianship. What a great band!!
Seriously, if you are a Bad Brains fan, this CD is a must have. This CD is much better than their first CD with better sound quality and just more blasting punk rock energy. Best song on this album has to be "How Low Can a Punk Get". If you want to talk about a crazy clash of haunting punk screams and pure adrenaline rush, that song will give that to you. This also has a great assortment of raggae songs. Defiantely a must have, not only for Bad Brains fans but for anyone into punk music.