True North might be the 21st Century Digital Boy's coming of age. When Greg Graffin sings "So hold your head up high forgotten man / Tomorrow won't be made for you" on "Dept of False Hope," it seems he is singing directly to the characters who filled albums like No Control and Suffer. And now here we are. Nearly everything you can consume is but a few keystrokes away, including this album, of course. It's difficult to imagine that when Brett Gurewitz and Bad Religion developed a music imprint—Epitaph—that they'd still be around after 16 albums and that you'd be able to listen to music on something like a mobile phone. Bad Religion fans will notice that, along with the enhanced production and studio precision that washes over True North, there's a further reminder that the course isn't complete. In fact, a nearly forgotten intensity on "Robin Hood in Reverse," or the more structured and gracious "Hello Cruel World," are fitting prompts that there will always be something special here.
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