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Review: Bad Brains - Into The Future

Review: Bad Brains - Into The Future

Following up 2007’s star-assisted Build a Nation (late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch produced, System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian directed its first music video), Bad Brains are back with another album’s worth of positive, Jah-approved hardcore and reggae. Although none of its 13 tracks hit as hard as the early ’80s, “mash”-pit ragers that made them famous, they still sound vital on the Rasta-praising punk pummeler “Popcorn” and the 88-second frenzy “Yes I.” But, as always, the reggae numbers are a mixed bag: The bouncy outro to “Youth of Today,” for instance, sadly sounds like something Sublime might have attempted. KORY GROW



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