• Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2013
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    True North shows flashes of their earlier work, and is a step up from their last album, 2010's The Dissent of Man, in terms of aggression.
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    80
    While it's true that listeners looking for a more rounded rock record may come away feeling a little bludgeoned, the more important point is that for those along for the ride, time has done nothing to dull Graffin and Gurewitz's songwriting abilities.
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    60
    The band excel at giving fans perfectly plotted two-minute bursts of disgust and attrition, epitomised by the splendidly immature, "F*** You." [Feb 2013, p.69]
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    While there are few surprises, there is much to enjoy. [Feb 2013, p.101]
  5. Jan 18, 2013
    60
    Bad Religion see no reason to mess with the formula. [Feb 2013, p.98]
  6. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    True North is a decent album, but one with no real standout tracks.
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    83
    True North manages to navigate the fine line between philosophy and personal politics, a restraint that Bad Religion only rarely nails so evocatively.
  8. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    On their 16th(!) full-length, True North, the group's highly evolved savoir-faire proves their greatest asset.
  9. Jan 18, 2013
    80
    True North is an engaging return to form. [Feb 2013, p.88]
  10. 70
    True North is another solid addition to the Bad Religion repertoire, even if it integrates itself a little too well to stand apart from the pack.
  11. Feb 7, 2013
    60
    The 16 tracks sound similar after repeat listens, but if you think time has mellowed the band, guess again.
  12. Jan 18, 2013
    90
    With its high-minded lyrical concerns, its family-sized choruses and its authors' buoyant pursuit of what, in lesser hands, could be a restrictive musical form, True North is a superior addition to Bad Religion's already towering body of work.
  13. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    Bad Religion shaves its anti-establishment messages down to bare essentials and sounds practically feral.
  14. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    True North (their 16th LP) lacks the visceral power and focused sense of purpose their trio of post-Epitaph return albums had, the band nevertheless sound unwilling to go gently into that good night.
  15. Jun 12, 2014
    80
    The compositions and the lyrics are strong, while the guys feel like they had a lot of fun recording.
  16. 70
    True North is another solid addition to a formidable canon.
  17. Jan 18, 2013
    70
    True North, with its concise (only one song breaks the three minute barrier) bursts of dissatisfaction and alienation, includes some of the strongest, most focused material that the band have recorded in many years.
  18. Jan 29, 2013
    80
    As with all of Bad Religion's albums, True North is music played in glorious technicolour. [12 Jan 2013, p.53]
  19. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the Lemonheads-style chug of the remainder, though it plants its flag firmly in the same sonic terrain they occupied during 2010’s The Dissent Of Man.
  20. 80
    Concise, clever and at war with everything from alienation to greed and loss, it's a rallying cry in a world that's lost its voice. [Mar 2013, p.97]
  21. 100
    It's easily the band's best release in the last 10 years, and with time it will garner more appreciation in the overall catalog.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 6, 2015
    9
    This is Bad Religion's best album since probably 1992's "Generator", my favorite album by them. It's not that their latest albums have beenThis is Bad Religion's best album since probably 1992's "Generator", my favorite album by them. It's not that their latest albums have been bad, well not all of them anyway...yeah, No Substance, we're looking at you... but none have been as an instantly classically great as this one. It has everything we've always loved about Bad Religion-the punchy rhythms, the guitar solos, the vocal harmonies, the lyrics, etc. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2015
    9
    30 minutes of Bad Religion's typical smart lyrics and adrenaline rush. The entire album is perfectly summarized in the song **** You".30 minutes of Bad Religion's typical smart lyrics and adrenaline rush. The entire album is perfectly summarized in the song **** You". "Sorrow", however, is a satiric and emotional retelling of the story of Job. Sorrow specifically doesn't get enough credit, and is one of the finest songs the band has produced.Great album, BR never disappoints its fans. Full Review »
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    9
    True North is the first important release of 2013, and it is an excellent work by Greg Graffin and all the other guys. There are many goodTrue North is the first important release of 2013, and it is an excellent work by Greg Graffin and all the other guys. There are many good songs and You is really exciting. No bad songs, although I don't like Vanity very much. Obviously it's not No Control, but it sounds very good. Full Review »