Into the Future

Into the Future

Bad Brains came blazing out of Washington, D.C., as a rare commodity: a hardcore punk band with serious chops that could also rock a strong reggae dub. In a nearly 100% Caucasian genre, Bad Brains also brought a Rastafarian viewpoint. The group's career has been rocky, and tales of singer H.R.'s unpredictable behavior are now legendary. But when these veterans settle in and make music, watch out. Like most '80s hardcore bands, the Brains have slowed down a few steps. But the title track still has plenty of rage and chops, as do "Popcorn" and "Yes I," for starters. "Suck Sess" sounds as if it could've been pulled off an earlier release, while electronically enhanced reggae tunes like "Jah Love" and "Rub a Dub Love" add that special soulful dimension. The album closes with "MCA Dub," a tribute to The Beastie Boys' late Adam Yauch, an early fan who also produced their 2007 album Build a Nation. The band dedicated the album to Yauch as well.

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