Bad Brains
Rock For Light


5.0
classic

Review

by burton.and.gas USER (18 Reviews)
April 27th, 2005 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


BB are:
HR-voice
Dr know-guitar, piano
Earl- drums piano
Daryl- bass and percussion

Back ground:

A group of four Rastafarians who originally started our as a jazz/funk quartet. You would expect that they then got into reggae and then punk, but in actual fact they became punks first and then under the influence of the clash got into reggae.

This album contains 4 reggae tracks and 16 punk/hardcore songs. The song is in general are fast paced. The guitar is mainly simple except for in the solos where it branches into mildly complex guitar ring. The guitar is usually fast paced as are most of the songs. The bass is also quite fast and tends to follow similar patterns to the guitar. The same applies for the drums.

The vocals are a point of interest for this album. HR jumps between tuneful and soulful reggae crooning and fast paced vocals that are to fast to be singing, but also much to fast to be rapping.

The reggae songs are all very uplifting. Piano usually replace guitar on these songs and the bass is allowed to form some very nice grooves.

Stand out tracks:

2. Attitude:

A fast paced furious punk song. It lacks musical complexity and the songwriting is hardly genius but it still a very good feel good song. And it makes you not care what people say. Well lit does me anyway.

5. I and I survive:

A reggae song. Uplifting as they come. A song about living your life the way it comes to you. The lyrics here are anti-cliché and very socially aware. The piano dominate the song but an amazingly uplifting solo on guitar appear about 3/4 of the way in. it is very clever.

6. Banned in Dc:

Another song of punk fury. It about the time they got banned from major clubs in Dc. the song has amazingly fast vocals and guitar, which mellow out a little, only to be sped right up again. The songwriting here is quite clever if a little blunt. This song also boasts a clever solo.

12. Coptic times:

A song about the religion of the band. To a non-Rasta the lyrics are probably hard to take seriously as they are basically preaching. But the song is short and sweet.

16. at the movies:

My fave. The song has a clever fast paced vocal intro. The drums play a large part in this song for me. Most ppl do not notice though. My friend said it sounds like iron maiden. It doesn't it's a punk song.

Conclusion:

I call it a classic but it sure aunt everybody's cup of tea. In my opinion the best album they made and one of the best "hardcore" albums



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burton.and.gas
April 28th 2005


641 Comments


btw i am not a rasta so weh ni say "coptic times" may not appeal lyrically to you as it is preaching, i speak from my opinion. i ahve nothin against rastas of course and i respect that preaching should be allowed.

Two-Headed Boy
October 16th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God this album owns. Sad to see this review went completely unnoticed.

nirvana1989_nb
November 4th 2006


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can i have a track by track review plz
i am considering buying this album
thanx

burton.and.gas
January 23rd 2007


641 Comments


tsh ireview did go unnotied but it is one of my worst. I might later it to a track-by track sometime soon.

chronikkda_punk
May 5th 2007


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is such a classic, it's still hard-hitting and in your face even after 24 years!

burton.and.gas
June 8th 2007


641 Comments


Just so everyoen knows i AM planning to "upgrade" thsi review so its a bit less bare.

npunk128
August 20th 2007


13 Comments


Grr, I saw this album and skipped it up cuz I did'nt know if it was a good one. I need it now.

MonorailCat
August 10th 2008


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm convinced to check this out from the user comments.

gaslightanthem
December 29th 2008


5209 Comments


did this actually come out in 83? i'm pretty sure it didn't is all

gaslightanthem
December 29th 2008


5209 Comments


ok it did wtf

Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Let's put it this way: it is almost impossible to overrate this album. Pure hardcore brilliance

StrizzMatik
December 16th 2009


3211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The 1991 CD Remaster is fucking terrible. Get the vinyl or an mp3 rip of the vinyl, as the remaster has a fucked up mix, retarded tracklisting, and everything has been pitch-shifted up 5% in speed, changing the keys of the songs and making HR sound like a chipmunk.

Digging: Lagwagon - Hang

Comatorium.
March 29th 2010


4175 Comments


the review went unnoticed cause if fucking sucks. in other news, this album is fucking epic.

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kleazos
November 2nd 2010


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Riot Squad. This whole record is awesome.

Maniac!
August 27th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is just as good if not better than the S/T

Maniac!
August 27th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bumpbadbrains4evr

FatChickIrl
September 21st 2011


4096 Comments


how long can a punk get ah ah ah ah ah WHOO HOO!

unholypassion
March 9th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nobody today can even touch the intensity of this album! Ground breaking,original music...a lost art!

Katechon
March 9th 2012


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fuck the review is awful.

Gyromania
March 9th 2012


15941 Comments


Yeah this is irreparably bad. The album, however, is really awesome.



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