Sound — 10
Bad Religion's follow-up to their last two fan favorite works, 1988's "Suffer" and 1989's "No Control", "Against The Grain" is another one of my favorite albums by those guys. This was their first album released in the '90s, but it's unfortunately their final album to feature the "classic" line-up, Greg Graffin (vocals), Mr. Brett(guitar), Greg Hetson (guitar), Jay Bentley (bass) and Pete Finestone (drums), as their drummer left the band after the release of the album. Mr. Brett and Greg Hetson's guitar sounds on the album are brilliant.
Lyrics — 10
Greg Graffin and Mr. Brett's lyrics on "Against The Grain" are either fine or just brilliant. Bassist Jay Bentley did the lyrics to "The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking" and "Unacceptable" with the other guitarist Greg Hetson. There are some hilarious lyrics that Greg and Brett wrote like "Hey, Blenderhead, you ask so many questions" (from "Blenderhead"), "my daddy's a lazy middle class intellectual" (from "21st Century Digital Boy"), "and did those feet in ancient times trod america's pastures of green?" (from "God Song").
Overall Impression — 10
"Suffer", "No Control", "80-85" (an album with songs recorded before "Suffer") and this album are Bad Religion's most highly recommended albums released on Epitaph Records. My favorite songs on this album are "Turn on the Light", "Blenderhead", "Anesthesia", "Faith Alone", "Against The Grain", "Operation Rescue" and "21st Century Digital Boy". I'm sure you might be familiar with "Against The Grain" best known track "21st Century Digital Boy", which later appeared on "Stranger Than Fiction", the band's last album with Brett, and it became a hit on that album. If you don't have this album, you should check it out or "All Ages", it has some of the stuff off this album. If you don't buy any Bad Religion albums, you're not a fan of those guys. If I lose my own CD of this album, I will probably buy it again or just download the songs and burn them onto a blank disc.