True North

  • 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. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2013
    60
    Bad Religion see no reason to mess with the formula. [Feb 2013, p.98]
  3. Feb 7, 2013
    60
    The 16 tracks sound similar after repeat listens, but if you think time has mellowed the band, guess again.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    While there are few surprises, there is much to enjoy. [Feb 2013, p.101]
  5. 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.
  6. Uncut
    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]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 27, 2016
    8
    This is another solid release from Bad Religion. There are no instant classics from it, but songs like "Robin Hood in Reverse", and the selfThis is another solid release from Bad Religion. There are no instant classics from it, but songs like "Robin Hood in Reverse", and the self titled, "True North" are great in their own way. Bad Religion's old sound shines through with this recent album, and the idea of True North and the "moral compass" is very prevalent. Graffin's observation of his son growing up and having issues with his own life and purpose, and relating to that, since Graffin went through the same experiences in his youth, was a major motivator for this album. All in all, a great release from Bad Religion, and one of their best releases for a long time. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »