Sound — 9
Bad Religion has always been known to put out great sounding records, and this album is no exception. The production quality is on par with The Empire Strikes First and New Maps Of Hell. There isn't so much a story behind the album as it just being a collection of awesome songs that have had a lot of thought and work put into them by a band in their 30 year of playing. They've spent a lot more time on the vocal melodies, with some songs having a bit of a folky sounds to it. Most of the songs are a little slower. It's almost like listening to an Acoustic album, but with the full band. Don't get me wrong, I love the usual fast Bad Religion, but this shows a side of Bad Religion that hasn't been heard yet, and for lack of speed, they make up with thoughtful lyrics and great songs.
Lyrics — 9
The is Greg Graffin's best. He sings with more melody and skill on this record. The lyrics are also quite different from usual Bad Religion. You can tell that they are moving in a new direction, probably due to being in their 30 year of playing. The lyrics are a lot more thought out and will take some time to listen to and understand, but you can tell that these songs mean something to these guys with the honesty in their sound and the way Greg delivers the lyrics.
Overall Impression — 9
Bad Religion has always been a hard band to compare to others, because Bad Religion sounds like Bad Religion. Does it compare to their past catalogue? Definitely. Does it show signs of the band continuing? Yeah, it does. They still have it, and hopefully will still have a few albums to go. What I love most about this album is the departure from the usual Bad Religion songwriting style. It's developed, but it's not alienated. There's not much to hate about this album, to be honest, but if I had to pick something then it would be I wish there were a few more tracks like "The Resist Stance". Also, I wish the second half of the album wasn't mostly slower tracks, because it does make the album seem a little weaker towards the end. I really hope Bad Religion have more to offer after this album because if "I Won't Say Anything" is their finale, it might be a bit disappointing. All in all, great songs from a great band. Very solid album, not their absolute best, but definitely worth listening to. By the way, it's streaming on Myspace for anyone who wants to listen to it. Stand out tracks: "The Resist Stance" "The Day That The Earth Stalled" "Only Rain" "Meeting Minds" "Turn Your Back On Me"