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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B00A1XIXM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. True North
2. Past is Dead
3. Robin Hood in Reverse
4. Land of Endless Greed
5. Fuck You
6. Dharma and the Bomb
7. Hello Cruel World
8. Vanity
9. In Their Hearts is Right
10. Crisis Time
11. Dept. of False Hope
12. Nothing To Dismay
13. Popular Consensus
14. My Head is Full of Ghosts
15. The Island
16. Changing Tide

Editorial Reviews

In a world still brimming with rampant anti intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion's signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent seems as relevant as ever. On True North, the storied band deliberately revisits and refines the powerful and melodic Southern California sound they helped to define. 16 songs. 35 minutes. Punk Rock.

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They simply get better each album.
As per usual, this album is thoughtful, fast, melodic, and perfect.
Jimmy Dean
This album is one of Bad Religions best.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. on January 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Over the last 30 years, Southern California punk rockers Bad Religion have become an institution. They have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands, never taking more than a few years off between records. Although they hit a period of decline starting in the mid 90s, most of their work since 2002's The Process of Belief has been as sure as a smoking solo sizzling off the strings of Brett Gurewitz's guitar. True North marks their 16th full length album, and once again they've opened a tantalizing bag of tricks for their fans.

True North avoids the pitfalls that some of their weaker albums have fallen into. When Bad Religion albums go awry, it's either because they're trying to churn out an overproduced syrupy mess for the Warped Tour crowd, or else there isn't enough melody and it gets boring. The production on their latest album is more sugary than its predecessor, 2010's Dissent of Man, though True North holds the advantage of being more consistent.

Dissent of Man was a good record in its own right but it had a different tone from most of their recent works; it felt more like a melodic rock and roll record that just happened to politically conscious. True North gets back to the business of punk rock. The closest comparison within their discography would be Against the Grain. Pushing 50, Greg Graffin and crew don't possess the same level of anger they had then, but the sonic aggression and sense of urgency on True North bear strong parallels to the band's landmark 1990 release, Against the Grain.

As usual, Bad Religion exercise their penchant for well thought out, in your face political lyrics. "Robin Hood in Reverse" sees Graffin blasting the Supreme Court for their 2008 decision in Citizens United vs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on January 28, 2013
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I'm pretty much always going to love Bad Religion's stuff, no matter what. But my initial reaction upon first listening to the entire "True North" album was disappointment. Not much sophistication, a lot of tired old licks (the "running the pick up the string" gag for starting a song is now making its at least third appearance), drumming frenetic and accomplished but lacking in variety. Seemed too old-school, didn't incorporate enough of the more main-stream vibes present in the past four or so albums.

But now, after about five listens. Worst. Ear-worms. Ever. By which I mean, the best. "Dharma and the Bomb," "F You," "Hello Cruel World," even the blistering punk jingle "Vanity," are stuck in my head as firmly as a campfire song or kindergarten anthem. The very lack of sophistication I initially reacted negatively to has proved to be among "True North's" strongest selling points, because it gives the songs a welcomed tribal accessibility that ushers them into the reptile brain and bids them keep house. That's crazy fast from "meh" to "oh, I get it" for me, and I bet other fans have a similar response.

Lyrically, Graffin keeps me off balance and engaged with witty plays on words (it's hard for me not to imagine that the word "bikini" in "Dharma and the Bomb" doesn't refer to the Bikini Islands, where the atomic bomb was tested), straightforward expressions (there's not much mistaking what "F You" is saying), impressionistic stream-of-consciousness, and helpful vocabulary builders like "revenant" and "precariat."

If, as was largely true for me, you find that your first reaction to "True North" is to think, "I'm pretty sure this is a reissue of songs first recorded in the 80s," don't give up. The magic is not instantaneous, but it is fast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Sound Defense on January 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bad Religion is one of the greatest punk bands in history, and decades after they first got together they're still capable of putting out amazing albums. A strong combination of energy, melody and clever songwriting is hard to find, but Bad Religion have it in spades, and it shines through in this newest album "True North".

This album is quite the breath of fresh air after the band's previous release. 2010's "The Dissent of Man" wasn't a bad album by any means, but compared to other recent works from the band, it seemed to lack a creative spark, like everyone felt it was time to make an album even if it wasn't fully ready. "True North" absolutely feels inspired, charged with energy and featuring excellent songwriting; this album deserves to be up there with some of the band's best.

Many of the songs are noticeably short, most of them being two minutes or less, and only one being longer than three. This leads to some fast, driving punk rock, with songs like the title track "True North", the surprisingly catchy "Land of Endless Greed", the blazingly fast "Vanity", or one of the album's premier tunes "My Head is Full of Ghosts". On the flipside, you can find songs that still drive themselves forward while providing excellent melody, such as "Crisis Time", "Changing Tides" and what might be the album's best track "Dept. of False Hope".

The album also takes some creative liberties to deliver some unique audio experiences, like with the slower-paced but highly melodic "Hello Cruel World" or "Dharma and the Bomb" which is a distinctly different sound from previous songs. At the same time, there are some highly catchy songs that feel refreshingly familiar yet also not stale, such as "Past is Dead" or "Nothing to Dismay".
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