Bad Religion
Age of Unreason


2.0
poor

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
May 4th, 2019 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't Lose Your [Teeth]

Age Of Unreason comes to us at the perfect time for a Bad Religion record. American politics are a confusing, frustrating clusterfuck of screaming, bigotry, violence, soap-opera-esque going-ons, and irony-poisoned bullshit. As the next election draws ever closer, now is the opportune time for punk legends to come back carrying a powerful dissent to the POTUS and his many, many followers. At the same time, it’s hard to say that Bad Religion are in the place to deliver an album as strong as Against The Grain or even True North. This new full-length comes 6 years after the group’s last album, the band now lacks the talents of Greg Hetson and Brooks Wackerman, and, realistically, Bad Religion aren’t getting any more youthful or exuberant.

As such, Age Of Unreason feels a lot more aged and reserved than anything else by the group. It lacks the power and bite that a record with such heavy statements should have. These political themes aren’t forced on the band, mind you, as songs like “End of History,” “Old Regime,” and the title track make bold exclamations of the American government’s corruption and ill actions, but the music just doesn’t back it up. These tracks are just too flimsy to really back up Greg Graffin’s lyrics. Moreover, this album lacks a certain thematic cohesion, which really weakens the message. Songs like “Candidate” and “Big Black Dog” feel defeated and bitter, but tracks like “Lose Your Head” and “What Tomorrow Brings” attempt to be hopeful for the future, with no effort made to progress these ideas into each other. As such, said hope feels unearned and out of place

The music, in terms of pace and energy, is also at odds with itself. Some moments are somewhat belligerent and aggressive (these parts are way too infrequent and far apart), but many others are slow and tired. It’s frustrating because there’s no progression between songs - it feels slapped together with no care where the differently vibed songs fall. Those few sweet melodies and fun riffs hidden here aren’t prevalent enough and you have to get through slogs like “My Sanity” and “Downfall,” which both feature especially obnoxious hooks and bland song structures. Production-wise, this record is flat and shallow, much like the promises of a career politician. The mastering really does suck the life out of the tracks. At the same time, there isn’t much energy to be stolen here, as every song sounds exhausted before the one minute mark.

It sounds like they’re trying, like they want Age Of Unreason to be the catchy fall of a regime, but it just fails to pan out. Much like the political climate, it feels old, bloated, and dazed, without an idea of what to do next. Bad Religion’s effort, ironically enough, feels like a plastic product - one to be consumed and then tossed into a loaded landfill of burning waste. The fact that there are those moments of actual quality makes it more frustrating, as it really feels like those good ideas are wasted on an ultimately disappointing record that should’ve been more. Of course, Bad Religion didn’t owe anyone anything, but more could have been done than a third rate melo-hardcore record with so much to say, but not much to chew on. Punk is for the young, I guess...



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2019


2697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

https://badreligion.com

thanks to bbgames, hesperus, and granitenotebook

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Kompys2000
May 4th 2019


2601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey this has a good review now, thanx Bloony

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2019


2697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

:3

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2019


56601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hopefully this thread will be good

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Sinternet
May 4th 2019


19335 Comments


good review bloon

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2019


2697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thank you hehehehehe

Kompys2000
May 4th 2019


2601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yo sint is that avi from Persepolis

Sinternet
May 4th 2019


19335 Comments


it is indeed

onionbubs
May 4th 2019


11399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

good review albums alright but definitely a lesser release of theirs

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Gallantin
May 5th 2019


319 Comments


Something about this album just feels so flat and I am the type of fan who thinks everything they've done prior is a 5/5

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2019


2697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, its hella flat

Minushuman24
May 5th 2019


2205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Probably the most disappointing album of the year tbh, and one of their weakest efforts. I couldn't have expressed my dissatisfaction more eloquently in my life time than this review.



insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2019


4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Overall, I like the album, but I think they spent too much time to develop it, so it kind of got diluted. They clearly didn't expect True North to have the success it had and that left more stress on them for a worthy follow-up. Clearly, losing Brooks didn't help either (Jamie isn't bad, but is less inventive). The production is a bit muddy and flat, plus, some lyrics are too on the nose, unfortunately.

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rodrigo90
May 5th 2019


5250 Comments


And still it will better than anything offspring is going to release this year (if they continue going downhills)

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2019


2697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah new offspring is probably gonna blow

shartnado
May 5th 2019


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not their best but it's better than this review leads on.

bbgames
May 5th 2019


546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is doo doo feces

Sinternet
May 5th 2019


19335 Comments


the offspring have given up trying to be good and seem to just want to have fun these days which I don't begrudge them (i do unironically enjoy cruising california from their last one too, how's that for unpopular opinions)

WhiteNoise
May 5th 2019


3639 Comments


It’s certainly no Empire strikes first.

WatchItExplode
May 5th 2019


6663 Comments


Wanted to say this review was incredible and read so easily

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