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Bad Brains: Into the FutureInto the Future (2012)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: JohnGentileJohnGentile
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For the last 20+ years, the Bad Brains have been working against themselves. Dr. Know, Earl Hudson and Darryl Jennifer have continued to pound out punk and metal riffs that snap like whips, vocalist H.R. has grown increasingly eccentric, mumbling and cooing in a language only he can understand. On r.
For the last 20+ years, the Bad Brains have been working against themselves. Dr. Know, Earl Hudson and Darryl Jennifer have continued to pound out punk and metal riffs that snap like whips, vocalist H.R. has grown increasingly eccentric, mumbling and cooing in a language only he can understand. On record this clash has been most apparent, with the band playing updated versions of the hardcore sound that they created and then vocals from H.R. layered on top that seem to be taken from much mellower, slower songs. In fact, many late period Bad Brains songs sound more like poorly done mashups than written material. The live show has subsequently taken an usual turn. Where Dr. Know and Darryl Jennifer used to get furious at H.R.'s antics, over time, it seems they've become used to H.R.'s weirdness. Now, when H.R. does his H.R.-isms, like performing entirely in a muted slur, or singing without a microphone, or wearing a helmet for an entire show, or even just standing in a single spot for the entire show without doing anything at all, the instrumental trio hammer down on the instruments, nonplussed by the adjacent antics, and kick out the best instrumental performance they can kick out as if the vocalist is arbitrary.
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