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Process of Belief
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The Process of Belief finds Bad Religion returning to their roots in two important aspects. First, original guitarist Brett Gurewitz has rejoined the ranks, bringing with him the taut songwriting skills that made Bad Relig... more »
The Process of Belief finds Bad Religion returning to their roots in two important aspects. First, original guitarist Brett Gurewitz has rejoined the ranks, bringing with him the taut songwriting skills that made Bad Religion hardcore pioneers in the mid-1980s. Secondly, the band has returned to Gurewitz's successful indie imprint Epitaph after years on a major. The result is an album that captures the clean joy and vigor of melodic hardcore without sacrificing its moral core. Songs like "Supersonic" and "Prove It" are fast, catchy, and irresistible examples of the kind of prime ADD punk that's over before you know it. But the likes of "Materialist" and "Kyoto Now" find Bad Religion at their best. Greg Graffin sings at one point that "you might not think that there's any wisdom in a f***ed up punk rock song," but his rants against global pollution, ambition, and family politics prove otherwise. There are a few surprises as well--"Broken" is almost an acoustic chart anthem while "Bored and Extremely Dangerous" could be a Sebadoh song. In all, The Process of Belief is confirmation that you don't need big shorts and a low IQ to make a prime-grade punk rock album. --Ian Watson
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Comeback or not, The Process of Belief is an Instant Classic
S. Sosin | Long Island, NY | 03/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Its rare that a band considered by many to be releasing a comeback album ends up recording the BEST album of their career. Bad Religion does just that! This is THE BEST Bad Religion album ever recorded, and that's saying something.
Gurewitz makes his presence felt in his triumphant return to Bad Religion. This album has his staple guitar licks all over it. However, what often gets overlooked is the fact that BR acquired a new drummer after Bobby McShay left the band one year prior to the recording of this album. The new drummer (whose name escapes me at the moment) IS PHENOMENAL and provides a major upgrade whether you realize it or not. He, along with Gurewitz, are the driving forces behind this powerful punk rock. As always, lead singer Greg Graffin is dazzling, stringing together the most intelligent multi-syllabic lyrics in rock. He remains among the most distinctive and inspiring voices in music today.
My only gripe is the band's semi-bothersome habit of opening an album with 2 or 3 very short, frenetic, pointless tracks that seem to serve no purpose other than to announce "LOOK AT US, WE STILL PLAY REALLY FAST!!", but once things settle down a bit Bad Religion shines brightly.