We gave it a B+
Produced by the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (a longtime fan), Build A Nation finds the original lineup of this seminal quartet reembracing their dual identity as warp-speed hardcore punks and visionary reggae proselytizers. The result is Bad Brains’ most cohesive effort since the 1986 watershed I Against I. Coming after years of uneven CDs and ill-advised personnel shifts, it’s truly heartening to bear witness to the band that best embodies the spirit of Bob Marley’s 1977 ”Punky Reggae Party” functioning in top form again.
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