Bad Brains
Build A Nation


3.0
good

Review

by TBrown87 USER (10 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2007 | 9 replies | 6,663 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bad Brains returns with an interesting, if disappointing, album, which feels like a weak attempt to return to their hardcore roots. They do however bring some strong reggae tunes to the album which almost make it worthwhile.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Bad Brains is hailed as one of the kings of hardcore punk and rightly so. The DC foursome started in 1979 as a jazz group but soon evolved to become the wildest, fastest and most violent band of the decade. After the 80s however they suffered a creative slump which led to a horrible reggae album and several short breakups.

Then in 2005 Bad Brains announced that they were going to record the first real album to come out in 10 years. The producer Adam Yauch, was a longtime fan of Bad Brains and a member of the Beastie Boys. Also Bad Brains promised a hardcore style album. So the new material promised to at least be interesting.

Interesting is probably one of the better words you could use to describe Build a Nation. A few other words would be wierd, disappointing and almost scary. The "Hardcore" tracks seem like a strange noise-rock headtrip and almost never go above mid-tempo. HR seems to have lost all the energy he possesed 20 years ago and can't seem to do the amazing things he did with his voice while he was in his prime. And Adam Yauches production tries to create a live atmosphere but for some reason adds way too much reverb to the vocals making them even more annoying than they were already.

But for all that, this album does have several bright spots that make it not worth buying but maybe worth listening to at least once. Dr. Know is still a beast with a guitar and proves it throughout this album especially on the standout Pure Love which is the closest to true hardcore this album gets. And on a few tracks such as "Let There be Angels" the new dubbed up vocals almost fit with the loud distorted guitars. Also on this disc are several very enjoyable reggae tracks. Somehow HR's new soft, melodic singing style really fits these songs.

So in the end what we get is a rather poor album that is still the best one made by Bad Brains in about 14 years. Maybe this a sign of a comeback for the kings of Hardcore. Or maybe its just a foreshadowing of more embarresments to come. Whatever you want to call it, it's the closest Bad Brains has gotten to being itself for a long time.



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TBrown87
August 2nd 2007



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Allright lets see if anyone reads this

StrizzMatik
August 2nd 2007



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm surprised this hadn't gotten reviewed yet. You rate the album a 4.5 personally and give it a score of 3? Doesn't make a lot of sense. Personally, I liked this one quite a bit. "Give Thanks And Praise To The Lord" and "Build A Nation" are awesome tracks, and although Yauch's production is shaky throughout, it has a cool live feel that did the band justice. It's no I Against I or their self-titled, but it's pretty good for a bunch of dudes in their fifties. Decent review.

Aficionado
August 2nd 2007



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dude, I reviewed this album. Maybe if you look at the Other reviews maybe you would know. Eitherway, this album is so boring and your review lacks detail man, try adding more descriptions and ideas to prove how it was boring.
This Message Edited On 08.02.07

TBrown87
August 3rd 2007



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yah i know the rating diff doesn't make much sense. I just felt that the overall rating for this album was a bit low and needed a boost. As for detail I think I explained everything pretty well. I wouldn't want to read some 10,000 word monster that describes every detail of every song.

MonorailCat
September 29th 2008



118 Comments


I only have "Rock for light" and I like that album. I'm interested to hear the "strong reggae tunes" on this album.

makemeproud
April 23rd 2009



9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This site needs some real punk fans.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


Most people on this site think that rise against are punk. This album isn't very good but their old stuff is amazing

MassiveAttack
March 20th 2010



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

For the love of Jah this isn't good =(

FritzTheCat420
July 2nd 2011



49 Comments


Love this record.



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