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The New America
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 9, 2000
RecordedOctober–December 1999
StudioVictor's Barn, Kauai, Hawaii
Label Atlantic
Producer Todd Rundgren
Bad Religion chronology
No Substance
The New America
The Process of Belief
International edition cover

The New America is the eleventh studio album by punk band Bad Religion. It was released in 2000 and is their last album (to date) on Atlantic Records.


The New America is also Bad Religion's last album with Bobby Schayer on drums. Though not yet credited as a member of the band, then-former and now-current guitarist Brett Gurewitz co-wrote and played guitar on the song "Believe It". The album was re-released by Epitaph Records on September 15, 2008. Like its predecessor, none of the album's songs would develop into live staples; only the title track is performed live occasionally.

Musical style and lyrics

The album was initially titled The Last Word, before being changed to The New America as a large number of people thought the band was breaking up. [4] The album marks a departure for the band, as some of the songs are personal, rather than political in nature, and more optimism is employed. Topics range from singer Greg Graffin's recent divorce to his past growing up as a punk kid in the early '80s. Apart from Brett Gurewtiz's guest contribution, it is the only Bad Religion album solely written by Graffin.


The New America was recorded from October to December 1999 at Victor's Barn, Kauai, Hawaii and produced by Todd Rundgren. Rundgren had been one of the musicians Greg Graffin looked up to while growing up. However, working with Rundgren proved to be a disappointment to the band and especially Graffin, because they did not get along well with each other. [5] Graffin however would later write in his book, Anarchy Evolution, that although Todd Rundgren was difficult to work with, they remain friends to this day.


The New America was released on May 9, 2000 and is the last Bad Religion album distributed via Atlantic Records to date. The release of The New America marked the band's fulfillment of their four-album contract with Atlantic Records, allowing the band to reconvene with former band-mate, Brett Gurewitz, for their next album, 2002's The Process of Belief , released on Epitaph Records. Shortly after the album's release, a music video was made for "The New America", which features two children playing with action figures of the band. [6] The band promoted it with a supporting slot for Blink-182, and appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Core Culture. [7] [8] [9] In March 2001, the band toured South America, supporting Biohazard for two of the shows. [10]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau-dud.svg [11]
Ox-Fanzine Unfavorable [12]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Wall of Sound 63/100 [2]

The New America peaked at number 88 on the Billboard 200 album chart. [14]

Track listing

1."You've Got a Chance"Graffin3:41
2."It's a Long Way to the Promise Land"Graffin2:29
3."A World Without Melody"Graffin2:32
4."New America"Graffin3:25
5."1000 Memories"Graffin3:00
6."A Streetkid Named Desire"Graffin3:17
7."Whisper in Time"Graffin2:32
8."Believe It"Graffin, Gurewitz3:41
9."I Love My Computer"Graffin3:06
10."The Hopeless Housewife"Graffin2:59
11."There Will Be a Way"Graffin2:53
12."Let It Burn"Graffin2:44
13."Don't Sell Me Short"Graffin3:58
Japan and Europe bonus track
14."The Fast Life"2:01
15."Queen of the 21st Century"4:17
16."Lose as Directed"2:30


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