- Released: May 9, 2000
- Label: Atlantic
Alternative Press - 7/00, p.874 out of 5
- "...Amazing...All of [their] trademark tricks are here....[But] the difference here is [in] Todd Rundgren's production...the sound, the delivery, the sheer overwhelming volume of it all..."
CMJ - 6/00, p.52
"...Serves up a few more big helpings of chicken-soup-for-the-punk-rock-soul epigrams....as subtle as soft money and as adult-contemporary slick, in punk terms, as anything Dianne Warren or Richard Marx ever penned."
- 1.You've Got a Chance
- 2.It's a Long Way to the Promise Land
- 3.A World Without Melody
- 4.New America
- 5.1000 Memories
- 6.A Streetkid Named Desire
- 7.Whisper in Time
- 8.Believe It
- 9.I Love My Computer
- 10.The Hopeless Housewife
- 11.There Will Be a Way
- 12.Let It Burn
- 13.Don't Sell Me Short
Bad Religion: Greg Gaffin (vocals); Brian Baker, Greg Hetson, Jay Bentley, Bobby Schayer.
Recorded at Victor's Barn, Kauai, Hawaii.
Personnel: Greg Graffin (vocals); Brett Gurewitz (guitar); Bobby Schayer (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Boucher; Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Victor's Barn, Kauai HI.
Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Greg Hetson; Jay Bentley; Brian Baker.
Best described as thinking man's punk rock, the 20-year veteran of a style at times diluted by weak imitation returns with its first studio release since 1998's NO SUBSTANCE. THE NEW AMERICA triumphantly reunites Bad Religion with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz, and if that isn't enough to capture the attention of long-time fans, rock icon Todd Rundgren lends his much sought-after producing talents for these sessions.
Vocalist and principal writer Greg Graffin's trademark layered harmonies are an integral part of what places Bad Religion far above lesser punk acts, and here they dominate songs such as "1,000 Memories," "The Hopeless Housewife," and "A Streetkid Named Desire." Bad Religion is no stranger to social commentary on technology and its effect on society, and "I Love My Computer" combines these sensibilities with melodic hooks and modem sound effects. The band's gift for writing thought-provoking, affecting music puts A NEW AMERICA in a class of its own.