Sound — 10
Bad Religion continue from where they left off with 1991's highly acclaimed "Against the Grain". This album, 1992's "Generator", was the band's first adventure with then-new drummer Bobby Schayer, the replacement of the popular Pete Finestone. On some of the songs, Bad Religion's music would take a different direction than their last three albums, examples: slowing tempos on songs like "The Answer" and "No Direction," and the bluesy guitar sound on "Two Babies in the Dark".
Lyrics — 10
No Bad Religion fan (like me) should ever say Greg Graffin and Mr. Brett's lyrics are bogus, why? Because they never fail to write great tunes and you gotta love some of the songs I like off this record, "No Direction", "Two Babies in the Dark", "Heaven Is Falling", "Atomic Garden" and "The Answer". Not to mention the opening track and one of their their live staples "Generator".
Overall Impression — 10
It's hard to believe that this album is now 15 years old. One of the good things about Bad Religion is that they hadn't failed to make a great album until guitarist Mr. Brett's departure after the release of 1994's "Stranger Than Fiction" (sorry, but I'm not really a huge fan of the post-Brett stuff). Other than this record, you also have to check out their classic works, "Suffer", "No Control", "Against the Grain", "80-85" (an album of pre-"Suffer" material), "Recipe for Hate" and "Stranger Than Fiction", even in case you don't have any of their stuff. Like Social Distortion's self-titled (or "The Gray Album"), The Offspring's "Smash", Rancid's "...And Out Come the Wolves", Face to Face's "Big Choice" and NOFX's "Punk in Drublic", "Generator" is an essential punk rock album of the '90s a true hardcore punk classic and a right of passage. If my own copy of this album was lost, I might buy it again or just download all the songs and burn them onto a blank disc.