15 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Dissent of Man is the fifteenth Bad Religion album. The Southern California punk rock band formed in 1979 and has reordered their lineup quite a few times over the years. At the onset, they were one band among many, but by the late ‘80s, it was becoming apparent that their melodic and sincere punk-rock styling was likely to outlast their competition. The Dissent of Man is everything that made the band’s reputation. “The Day That the Earth Stalled” and “Only Rain” are tight, powerful songs that fulfill the needs of any guitar-rock fan’s cravings. Even their ballads, “Won’t Somebody” and “Turn Your Back On Me,” have more speed and power than many group’s more upbeat works. The trick is in the harmonies and their insistence on sticking with what gave them their greatest success. Their natural abilities are not tied down to punk’s rigid code, but are aligned with what makes great pop music. The Deluxe Version is a real  treat. The live cuts “Best For You,” “How Much is Enough?,” and “Generator,” prove what a great live band they are as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Dissent of Man is the fifteenth Bad Religion album. The Southern California punk rock band formed in 1979 and has reordered their lineup quite a few times over the years. At the onset, they were one band among many, but by the late ‘80s, it was becoming apparent that their melodic and sincere punk-rock styling was likely to outlast their competition. The Dissent of Man is everything that made the band’s reputation. “The Day That the Earth Stalled” and “Only Rain” are tight, powerful songs that fulfill the needs of any guitar-rock fan’s cravings. Even their ballads, “Won’t Somebody” and “Turn Your Back On Me,” have more speed and power than many group’s more upbeat works. The trick is in the harmonies and their insistence on sticking with what gave them their greatest success. Their natural abilities are not tied down to punk’s rigid code, but are aligned with what makes great pop music. The Deluxe Version is a real  treat. The live cuts “Best For You,” “How Much is Enough?,” and “Generator,” prove what a great live band they are as well.

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