The third of Bad Religion's holy trinity, and to me personally, the best of the three. Here's where it all came together--the speed, the melody, the most gorgeous harmonies this side of 'Recipe For Hate', whatever entwines this band to your psyche, 'Against The
Grain' does it best.
This disc also contains some of the best songs in the band's multi-decade catalogue. "Modern Man," a no-holds-barred denigration of the human race, is an incredible wolf shot of an album opener. The title track, an atypical anthem for the ages, has been a fan-
favorite since the album's release. The original (and many would say 'better') version of "21st Century (Digital Boy)" appears here, unaware that it would become the band's biggest single in four years' time. And "Anesthesia," the first song on the album longer
than 2:00, is counted among the band's greatest achievements...and personally, that minute-long half-time outro is one of the best things Bad Religion has ever recorded.
Sure...'Suffer' is the "legendary" punk album. And maybe "No Control" is the "classic" Bad Religion album. But in my opinion, despite the filler, "Against The Grain" is Bad Religion's all-around "best" album.