Bad Brains
Bad Brains


5.0
classic

Review

by Argonautweekend USER (3 Reviews)
May 4th, 2014 | 32 replies | 996 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Punk mixed with reggae, Bad Brains defy genres on their classic self titled work.

3 of 12 thought this review was well written

I'll give the first person to correctly identify what lead vocalist H.R. is shouting on "Pay to Cum" $20. Go on, my pockets won't be getting any lighter. Never fear, cuts like "Sailin' On," "Big Take Over," and "Leaving Babylon" are easier to understand despite the breakneck speed of the first two. Perhaps they play so fast to hide any technical difficulties present in musicianship, an art they got better at on later albums. The speed will melt your face off. "Attitude" brings forth the bands "P.M.A.," or positive mental attitude, displayed musically in the reggae tracks "I love I Jah" and the finale "Extro." "Banned in D.C." explains in roughly two minutes how, with a thousand other places to go, they can find peace elsewhere. Even in the hardcore jams there is a seemingly content rhythm among the screaming. At a much slower tempo, the group lets out several smooth reggae sounds extolling virtues of Rastafarianism. Usually bands start with punk and branch out soon after, but these guys spread their roots thick from the start. A true hardcore punk classic.


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Gwyn.
May 4th 2014



14866 Comments


Cool

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demigod!
May 4th 2014



43809 Comments


more like a punk album with reggae songs on it but yea


Cool

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RVAHC13
May 4th 2014



471 Comments


One of the most valued CD's in my collection

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DatPinecone
May 4th 2014



107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not exactly well-written. Nice opinion, though.

SitarHero
May 4th 2014



4602 Comments


This is neither here nor there, but the only Bad Brains song that regularly makes it into the rotation is 'She's Calling You'. That main riff is one of the best ever.

jefflebowski
May 4th 2014



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a good review, i'd rather a short 15 or so lines that tells me what i need to know than a 58684 paragraph long heart to heart about how it changed my life

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BMDrummer
May 4th 2014



3858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is basically a soundoff tbh. Album rules though.

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ExcentrifugalForz
May 4th 2014



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You'd think with all that time in between reviews this guy
could have come up with more to say.

ExcentrifugalForz
May 4th 2014



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Banned in DC is stellar

Green Baron
May 4th 2014



17864 Comments


I ought to jam this someday.

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danielito19
May 4th 2014



4335 Comments


album is an easy 4.5/5

ethos
May 4th 2014



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yesssssssssss

danielito19
May 4th 2014



4335 Comments


damn why's everyone shitting themselves about the length, do you really want to read a goddam thesis? it's bad brains, masters of short songs fuck y'all who negged

ethos
May 4th 2014



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude i pos'd all day

danielito19
May 4th 2014



4335 Comments


nah i kno you're cool ethy

demigod!
May 4th 2014



43809 Comments


it's a little shaky but not poorly written by any means

but yeah negging solely based on length is just silly

you don't need a lot of words and paragraphs to get your point across, I mean isn't that the backbone to punk in the first place???

danielito19
May 4th 2014



4335 Comments


demi you have the best avatar on the site

demigod!
May 4th 2014



43809 Comments


if i ever change it i need to not do that

danielito19
May 4th 2014



4335 Comments


what

demigod!
May 4th 2014



43809 Comments


idk, my brain is a bit drained atm



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