Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Album Review: Bad Brains - Into the Future
Not being a fan of albums such as I Against I or Quickness, I have no frame of reference to readily compare the new album to... although I imagine that it's this amalgamation of styles which is how I Against I gained its legendary status. The album divides up nicely between aggressive punk (Yes I, Suck Cess, Come Down), the heavier tunes (Into the Future, Popcorn, Earnest Love, Fun) and the dub instrumentals (RubADub Love, Maybe a Joyful Noise, and the MCA-dedicated MCA Dub). From my understanding, this is what a majority of post-Rock for Light Bad Brains albums sound like.
There's a certain level of irony in calling your album Into the Future when the music has been done before, by your very band nonetheless. I'm not knocking it; clearly Bad Brains have locked themselves into a groove that works well for them. Fans of Bad Brains and their post-ROIR output will most likely enjoy this, but anyone hoping for anything slightly more futuristic may want to look elsewhere.